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The Facts

Fabric: 2 metres of patterned and 1 metre of contrast 100% cotton fabric-45 inches wide.

Notions: 22inch concealed zipper, self covering buttons

Pantone Challenge colors: Mykonos

Pattern: I used New Look 6723. The cuffs and belt were added for impact!

Pattern was purchased in March 2013.

Time to complete: Over a weekend and a few evenings.

First worn: August 18th 2013 in Scarborough, UK Wear again?- yes definitely! Have now worn it twice and I loved wearing it.

Total Cost: £19 GBP 20130819-200956.jpg I knew as soon as I went in the fabric shop which Pantone colour I wanted to choose! I had an idea in my head of what I wanted the dress to look like and decided on the New Look 6723. Using this pattern meant that I could adapt it to add some contrast in the sleeves and on the belt. 20130829-192848.jpg 20130819-201218.jpg Having spent many a happy hour browsing all the fabulous creations on The Sew Weekly, I knew I had to make sure my dress was my very best work! I made sure I did lots of measuring and fitting. I wanted to use some buttons and decided to make a feature in the sleeves which I could add the buttons to. Having worn the dress, I think I got a little carried away with the size of the cuffs! 20130819-201515.jpg The dress fitted beautifully on The Body and I used Princess seams in the construction. 20130819-201723.jpg I made the belt so it would wrap around me twice before tying in a knot. 20130819-201809.jpg I was delighted with how my dress turned out…. For once! And decided it needed wearing at the British seaside on a sunny day! I know ……real sun at Scarborough in North Yorkshire and a quest for some blue beach huts and deck chairs! My dad was the willing camera man and my mum and daughter shouted from the sides… “Shoulders back”, ” chin up” and “stomach in”!!!!! Cheeky! It was great fun! 20130819-202138.jpg 20130819-202200.jpg I really enjoyed being part of the Sew Weekly Reunion and I have great admiration for all of you who managed a new garment every week! My sewing has really improved in the last few months from all your tips and guidance, so thank you!