Monday, July 22, 2013

Hello Hot Stuff!

Oh wow but it's been hot hot hot here these past couple of weeks! So I made a dress to match. I've actually got a few (like, five) sewing projects on the go at the moment, but they all involve lots of pattern drafting and muslin-making, so I really wanted a quickie project because I was starting to get bored of my wardrobe and wanted new clothes fast! I knocked up this little number over the course of a weekend. The fabric is recycled - it was originally three skirts by Primark (a budget fashion retailer, for those unfamiliar with the brand). I fell in love with the quirky print (Gerberas! Chilli peppers!) when I came across it on ebay, and proceeded to stalk the site until I'd acquired the three I figured I'd need for the dress I had in mind.

I knew the stripe print would lend itself perfectly to this V-neck pattern (the same pattern I based my Christmas dress on). I interlined the bodice, as the cheap cotton fabric is lightweight to the point of being almost see-through. The skirt is made using a different pattern, it's in gores forming a half-circle skirt. I actually finished this a couple of weeks ago and I've worn it several times already. I LOVE this dress - it's really easy to wear, and very comfortable.












Outfit details: Hot Stuff Sundress - made by me from 50s pattern & recycled fabric; Felt rose, purchased in Thailand; Necklace, ebay; Sunglasses, ebay; Earrings, purchased in Thailand; Leather belt, charity shop; Bakelite & plastic bangles, various; Handbag, etsy; Shoes (which you can't really see but are really nice, and comfortable - I like them so much I bought them in two colours), Marks & Spencer.

19 comments:

  1. I have major dress envy - it's gorgeous!!!! Also, I have those shoes too (in blue) super comfy, hey? Although they do pinch my little toe after a while...

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  2. wow, that's commitment to finding the perfect fabric!

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    1. To be fair, the Primark skirts weren't exactly scarce - there seem to be at least half a dozen listed on ebay at any one time!

      xx Charlotte

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  3. It's just beautiful! Love the dress and the entire outfit ;o)

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  4. Absolutely. Brilliant! What a great idea, turning the skirts into a dress. Clever stuff. It's gorgeous...CHILLI PEPPERS!!

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  5. love this dress and how you created the fabric going in that v down thw front looks lovely

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  6. That dress is SO! GORGEOUS! Good work, lady!

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  7. What a beautiful dress, it looks great. Did you take any photos of the skirts before or any photos during making it? Just interested to see!

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    1. I didn't take any photos of the process unfortunately, but the skirts were in a simple gathered style, so when I unpicked them I ended up with six rectangles of fabric. From memory, the skirt gores took up one and a half of the original skirts (since the print is a one-way design I couldn't do the gores 'top to toe' if you see what I mean, which would have used less fabric), and the bodice used the other one and a half skirts.

      xx Charlotte

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  8. Wow, lovely. I love your christmas dress too. :)

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  9. Super jealous of this dress! It's insanely fabulous!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  10. That dress looks stunning! I love the chili peppers :-)A great idea to use those skirts.

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  11. Well done you, that's proper recycling!

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  12. Fabulously fun, joyfully pretty dress and entire ensemble! You're as lovely as a vibrant summer sunrise, dear Charlotte.

    ♥ Jessica

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  13. This is beautiful :) Well done for sewing in this heat!

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  14. pretty hot dress :-)
    great idea to use this skirts - the print is gorgeous.
    but you should wear a gerbera in your hair!

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  15. Hello there!
    (good to "see" you're back on Blogoshpere)
    The dress is a DREAM, your sewing skills are astonishing (here you can sense a small ounce of envy)
    The belt you have here makes it one great combination!

    Have a wonderful day
    (you won't keep us waiting for another post for too long, will you?) :D
    Marija

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  16. I couldn't help myself...I had to go check ebay for some Primark skirts. No chili peppers and daisies today. That's probably a good thing for my bank account though! :o) I do adore your dress, and will continue dreaming about one of my own.

    www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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  17. this chili dress is so amazing. i love everything about it.

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