4 August 2011

The Artists Only Dress


I was planning to add a fancy embellishment to this dress but on second thoughts I went with simple - the print has enough going for it, non?


This is McCalls 2401, a pattern I'd highly recommend for beginners, being the first garment I made. A trusted, easy project for me, but I inserted my first invisible zipper so I have been able to tick something off my techniques list. The fabric is a lightweight cotton I was very excited to find at the Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango. I haven't got the world's best knees, but I've had to leave my vanity at the door as this project was crying out for a late 1960s-style shortened hem. It's cool and comfortable for Summer, and I'm looking forward to cracking open the coloured tights with it come Autumn. Peacock blue, burgandy, mustard yellow...

"Ooh yeah, tights!"

[Soundtrack: 'Artists Only' by Talking Heads]

77 comments:

  1. Wow the fabric is gorgeous :)

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  2. That fabric is really amazing, and you used it in the perfect way!

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  3. How I love that fabric! That pattern truly plays up the fabric well. And it looks great on you, too!

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  4. the simple shape & lack of embellishments are perfect for the fabric :) which, btw, is AMAZING. ahhh, the color combinations you can rock!

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  5. It's adorable, and will look amazing with mustard tights - and maybe a Tilly fabric bubble necklace in mustard too, to tie it all together. Oh, and I love your shoes!

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  6. That print is fantastic! You're absolutely right, it needs no embellishment and will be easy to transition into fall with tights and a cardigan.

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  7. I don't usually comment (though I love your blog), but I have to ask who does have the World's Best Knees?

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  8. What a great pattern to show off a fantastic print! I love the whole effect. It should transition really well to fall with those tights, too!

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  9. This is so fantastic. Good call on styling it simply. You look amazing in it!

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  10. Oooh, very nice! That neckline is beautiful on you, and this is very exciting fabric...

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  11. Ooh, I'm so excited to see your lovely fabric turned into a dress. You were so right to keep it simple - it's stunning, I love the dress with the shorter sleeves too. Just gorgeous. x

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  12. Gorgeous! I'm with you on the tights - I look forward to having winter-bright legs every year.

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  13. Wow Tilly! this is gorgeous! great job, well done!

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  14. How awesome! You need a pattern with simple lines to show off this amazing fabric!

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  15. The way the pattern in different on top than on bottom adds a lot of interest to the dress - almost acting as an embellishment. I love that it's cotton too! So often you can only find polyesters in fun prints like this one. Congrats on another sewing success :)

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  16. That dress is fab and the knees look just fine to me - better than mine!

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  17. Ooh yeah it would look great with coloured tights, great fabric! :)

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  18. It's great and will look fantastic with coloured tights! But I think your knees are fine... that's one thing it would never occur to me that anyone was insecure about... ; )

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  19. Oh, Tilly, it's gorgeous! You look lovely, and I'm a big fan of your knees!

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  20. Gorgeous fabric! It looks like one of those nighttime city photos where all the neon lights start streaking.

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  21. Tilly, you envisioned this perfectly. I remember when you bought it you knew straight away what it would be and you were totally right. Love love love.
    (Perfect knees silly!)Coloured tights in Autumn will rock too!
    Px

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  22. Gorgeous dress Tilly! And the pattern placement you've used really make it special. P.S. Your knees are fine - nothing wrong with them at all :)!

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  23. Lovely Tilly! The simple lines of this dress really complement the gorgeous print...goooo Goldhawk! Oh and your knees are wonderful ;o)

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  24. Very pretty!

    Did you have to change to seam allowance when you inserted an invisible zip instead of a reg. zip?

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  25. That fabric works so well with that dress. Great job with pattern placement. Bravo!

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  26. Great use of fabric & good for you for shortening it the dress--so groovy. Your knees are pretty, too!

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  27. You have great knees! But it will look fab with all sorts of fun colored tights, too. Love the print and that there are a few horizontal lines at the top of the dress. Very nice.

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  28. Ooh noo! Now everyone's looking at my knees!! I shouldn't have mentioned it... I hadn't even really thought about my knees until a couple of years ago when I heard my mother exclaim, "Hahaha! You've got your Nana's knees!" And then sniggering to herself a few minutes later, "Nana's knees! Heehee!"

    But onto more important matters - thank you so much for your kind words on the dress!

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  29. Totes amazing! I'm so glad you didn't leave it too long to crack out that fabric for a creation, I was really interested to see what you made from it. You are mental having any issue with your knees, they are lovely knees! I totally thought the same, what fun you can have playing with crazy coloured tights (on a day like today perhaps?!). You look lovely as always and this creation is a total WIN xxx

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  30. As per usual, my darling, you look so beautiful and too cool for cats. You've turned that fabric into a beautiful dress. As I knew you would. Beautiful, talented Tilly!

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  31. I am loving this dress - you'd be hardpressed to find something as stylish as this in the shops. I have 2401 but am working myself up to attempting it! Nice one - looks fab and well done you :)

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  32. Great combination of style and fabric.
    I'm very jealous of all the gorgeous fabrics you UK girls are getting lately. Choices here in Australia are sadly lacking, apart froma couple of independent ( and quite pricey) stores.

    Nicole

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  33. This is so sleek and fabulous! Nicely done.

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  34. Great dress! the shape and the fabric is so awesomely retro! and to draw the attention away from you (perfectly normal) knee's - great shoe! no really, they are also awesome, where did you did them?? x

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  35. I loved this material on your cutting table but love it even better finished! What an amazing print! And the dress shape is absolutely perfect for it!

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  36. i love it! and your knees are just fine lol silly! i think i may just have to try this pattern out

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  37. The dress looks gorgeous. Did you change the line of the skirt? as it looks much more a-line than the pattern, which looks very straight.

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  38. Adorable! I think you have great looking knees. :)

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  39. So very pretty. I love it's simplicity!

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  40. what say i?

    SHUT UP ABOUT YOUR PERFECT KNEES.

    seriously. perfect. and the dress is just gorgeous. i'm knocked over by your pattern placement (at the moment i'm staring at an ill placed striped silk. it's taking a time out in the corner.)

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  41. the print is definitely enough; no embellishment needed. love how it fits you too! i'm so jealous of your teeny waist!

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  42. I love the way that dress turned out. Great fabric!

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  43. Just love it. I would never guess that pattern would translate to this style and using that kind of fabric. I love how you have positioned the print on the fabric to get the horizontal stripe at the top. The length is perfect and it suits you so much x

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  44. Fabulous! You're right the fabric does it all. Mmmm... coloured tights for the Autumn - definitely!

    I wouldn't worry about your knees, you should see mine. Oh, that's right you'll never see mine! ;)

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  45. Joanne - crack open that 2401! You can't go wrong!

    Molly - I got them from Office, 20 pounds in the sale. You can't see in the picture but the best thing about them is the heels - they're gold! I hardly ever wear them though as I am a grandma about shoes and basically only wear shoes with rubber soles.

    Oonaballoona and Oobop (are you sisters?) - oh I'm glad you like the print positioning. I was wondering yesterday whether I should have gone all asymmetrical and put the horizontal bit on one side...

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  46. It's great! I love what you did with the print. 2401 is such a versatile pattern.

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  47. So cute! I really like it!!! And it looks great on you. Oh I need to get my machine out so bad.

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  48. This is one of my favourite dresses you've made, I absolutely love that fabric, it looks amazing on you!

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  49. Fab. It will look awesome in autumn with coloured tights - oh the possibilities!

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  50. This is a beautiful dress, with gorgeous fabric!

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  51. This is fantastic! I love the fabric and the style of the dress - well done!

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  52. Girl, say no more about your knees! And watch your back, because someone is going to steal that dress. The fabric needs no embellishment, and such a simple line really suits it. Love!

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  53. I love your fabric and the dress of course! you look lovely. And yes I looked at your knees...let me tell you that if I had your knees I would wear mini-skirts every day!

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  54. That is such a cute dress on you and the fabric is perfect for the style. BTW honestly you look to have very nice knees, as knees go!

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  55. Wow not only is that dress totally stunning but you are one hell of a model! Those shots look like something out of a Cosmo fashion shoot.

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  56. Beautiful dress! You look adorable!

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  57. Amazing how some fabrics transform a basic design. Love your dress and great fit.

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  58. WOW! That fabric is stunning (reminds me of a sweater I bought at Anthropologie years ago that I love for the painterly effect!)--and you paired it with the perfect dress silhouette! Looks so beautiful! :)

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  59. I adore your sense of colour & this is another gorgeous make. Fantastic vision & it fits you beautifully :-)

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  60. It looks much better than the pattern envelope. I guess that's the beauty of making your own clothes, isn't it? Putting your own stamp on things!

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  61. I was so close to getting this on the Fandango, but had no idea what I would make with it. You've done a fantastic job with it! So simple and gorgeous!

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  62. If you dont have the best knees in the world, who has?
    The dress is great! like someone said, with mustard tights and mustard necklace, yum!

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  63. The simple style is perfect. Love the print.

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  64. That's some awesome fabric! The classic shape of the dress showcases it really well! :) It'll be fun to try for different looks with differently colored tights!

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  65. What a lovely dress. I love how you've laid out the fabric design.

    But I have no idea what you're talking about with your knees. They look like normal knees to me. :)

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  66. It looks great Tilly, the fabric is just perfect with such a simple pattern. And I agree with you, I think any further embellishment would have been too much. I wasn't sure whether I liked this fabric when you originally posted a pic of it, but I am proved wrong as it looks fab!

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  67. Wow... this dress is fabulous, but I NEED to know where you got those beautiful shoes!!! They're just great!

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  68. I love this dress and the fabric. I posted a link on my blog for others to see: http://abletosleep.blogspot.com/

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  69. WOW the print on the fabric is AMAZING. I am in love. Im making it a mission to find similar fabric. Looks gorgeous on you!!!!

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  70. This is absolutely my favourite dress by far, Tilly! Fantastic fabric placement - it really doesn't need anything else and you look FABULOUS in it! Who could ask for more? Lynnie Lou

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  71. Beautiful!

    Emma
    www.thesestreets.net
    <3 xx

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  72. Amazing dress, so flattering tho not sure how it´d look on my crazy figure

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  73. Hello!
    I've got terrible dress envy and a length of mustard-coloured cotton print, and I think this is the perfect frock for it. I was just wondering how much you shortened the skirt by here, and whether you added a bit of an A-line to it or just worked directly from the paper pattern but with less length?

    I know these are really specific questions designed so I can steal your dress, so if you don't feel like/have time for answering that's fine, but thought it was worth a try and I love this so much!

    Thanks
    Amy x

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