Friday, 19 June 2015

Skyline lilou dress

Okay so I'm finally ready to reveal my eureka moment! (Brace yourself there's some awkward pictures!)

Basically I decided to make a skyline dress after seeing this image in Pinterest! 

I used the lilou dress from love at first stitch because I'm obsessed with it! And cut a size 3 with no alterations! 

Construction wise it was pretty basic, the bodice is fully lined (that black smug is my way of knowing that's the lining, I hope and pray it washes out!)

And I French seamed the pretty hefty skirt! 

Yep there are some serious gathers going on there! 

Fastening wise I opted for my regular zip insertation , it ain't fancy but it does the job. 

And added another handmade loop, mainly because an old lady in tesco  commented on how neat the one on my he-man dress is, and her mother was a dressmaker so she should know! 

All of the fabric came from my stash, I think the cream is a quilting cotton and the skyline is made up from scrap bits of black fabric and lace.

The skyline was actually pretty simple to create , after I cut my skirt pieces I cut a load of outlines of buildings from scrap fabric. Some are simple rectangles, some have triangle roofs, some have domes, I just kind of went with it! I was tempted to recreate the London skyline but I don't have the patience! Then I just appliqu├ęs them to my skirt pieces using a wide zig zag stitch.

If I were to make it again , id make taller buildings I think, and I'd make the skirt a bit shorter (it's currently rocking an inch of hem!) and I think I'm going to try and find a petticoat to wear with it! 

But all in all I LOVE IT! It's a quirky fun piece and it used up a lot of stash fabric , including the cream that I probably wouldn't have used other wise! 

Here's the question though! I wonder if Tilly thinks I've made it my own?

Much love 




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