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COMPLETE Ceylon Dress

Well…what can I say about this dress but… I love it. If I don’t say so myself.

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This is by far my favourite dress to date. I love the fit and style and also the fabric. A beautiful shirt dress with insert waist, slightly dropped and curved neckline yoke. Gathers at the bust to create fullness.

I used a cotton poplin print. I needed to adjust the bodice slightly to fit. I think Colette patterns are designed for a larger bust, however I was not gifted in this department, so I took it in about 3/4″ at either side. Other than that I completely followed the pattern.

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I will defiantly make this dress again in other colours. It was surprisingly easy to make. I consider myself an advanced beginner when it comes to dressmaking. This pattern is labeled an intermediate, so I guessed it would have been more difficult to make. I think the only reason was that there are 16 buttonholes to do!! I can now safely say I have conquered my buttonhole fear. I even took it one step further and went for self cover buttons. Covering buttons in the same fabric as the dress.

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Next time I will either add some piping detail to the seams or use a contrasting colour for the top stitching.

What do I love about this pattern? Well there are no zips… Yay bonus!! I really love the shape of the neckline.

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Throughout the making of this dress I have wondered what “Ceylon” was, well…. According to Wikipedia. British Ceylon, known contemporaneously as Ceylon, was a British crown colony between 1815 and 1948. The area it covered is now the island nation of Sri Lanka. So there, fact of the day!

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Next on the agenda is Vogue 8723, lovely dress for summer. I’m still undecided on the fabric but might go for a border print?

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Oh… Lastly… Thank you to my new Aussie friend Erin for taking photos of me posing around the garden in my dress. We miss you already 😔

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Ooh knickers…

Well it’s been a busy couple of weeks. I thought I’d update you all on my making progresses.

Firstly I’m running a knicker making workshop for a group of crafty ladies coming on a hen weekend to Edinburgh. Knicker making workshops are always a laugh so I’m really looking forward to it. Below is some snaps from the last one.

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I’ve also been working on some kiddies dresses to stock my folksy shop, which at the moment is looking a bit bare.

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Above: age 2-3years.

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Above: age 2-3years.

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Above: both age 1-2years.

That was just a snippet.

I’m also going to start working on my new summer dress which will be made from the lovely floral fabric I showed you in the post ‘a new dress’ I’m so exited and will hopefully be able to show you the finished garment soon

Anyway must get busy!!!

Laurie