Friday, 20 September 2013

My Stylish Dress

Okay, down to business…

Some details on my green dress “Design D” from Stylish dress book 2.  In fact, it is the dress shown on the cover, worn by the enigmatic girl holding the carafe of water and lemons. For some reason.

Oh, how I love this book!  I can sit and gaze at the pictures for hours.   The book is so inspirational, and full of coy downward-gazing models.  Here’s my attempt to look coy in the dress:

Some reviewers of the book have commented that the patterns only cover small sizes, but I found the dimensions to be massively roomy.  I am only a size 8, but even the extra small would have swamped me.  So much so that I lopped three inches off at the centre fold, and it still is a nice loose dress.  It’s also very easy to make, ideal for me as a beginner with no zips, buttonholes or any other scary techniques.  However the instructions do rather assume you know what you are doing.

The fabric is old and was found at the back of one of my Grandmother’s cupboards, but it is 100% cotton and from Laura Ashley.   An opaque and thick fabric, it was left over after my Nan had used the material to cover a deckchair and cushions.  But it was so pretty and bright that I gave it a go.  It was perfect.

Indeed, it was so straightforward that I am about to make another in blue and white check, just like the one on the front cover of the book.

The dress is light and airy, perfect for the summer, but roomy enough for a long sleeve top underneath in cooler months too.  I love it. Love, love, love.


  1. Fabulous dress and great material! Laura Ashley's green Bramble design cotton is one of my favourite fabrics :)

  2. Thank you, the fabric is really lovely.

  3. Lovely dress, the colour is fabulous!