Monday, March 21, 2011

The Lemonade Dress

Presenting...
The Lemonade dress


I made this dress a couple of months ago using a lemony print seersucker purchased from Ebay.
It was actually a tablecloth, so it took a lot of unpicking of the edges before i could actually start sewing the darn thing!

I just realized how strange my legs look in this shot. It looks like they are back to front... they are crossed but hmm
It was made using the same self drafted pattern as the black & white gingham dress and is lined in a yellowy mustardy coloured cotton voile. Its perfect and swishy for a lovely summers day... even though summer is over...

Crinkly Seersucker!
It was a breeze to sew, the only thing I changed was to bring the neckline up a bit.... 
No peek-a-boo bra this time!
I'm thinking of letting the hem down a bit, the length doesn't look quite right... what do you guys think??
It matches the yellow petticoat too :-)

check out the 5 inche hem with pretty yellow ribbon :-)
I did also try a new method...
The hand picked zipper that I have been wanting to try for SO long.
It is surprisingly easy (And I hate hand sewing (Well no I don't hate it, just havn't practiced enough)).
I used a vintage yellow zipper that I got in a bulk lot from Etsy.
Its so sturdy!

SO not close enough to see the hard work on the hand picked zip! Dang!
Anywho... I have lots of fabric piling up so I better get back to the trusty machine.

Sneak peek...


Thats all for now folks!
ox



32 comments:

  1. Absolutely Lovely!! That dress is a Charm and the print is great. I vote for knocking down the hem an inch or so, but really, it looks wonderful as is.

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  2. Gah! It's beautiful and a perfect length on you. Don't you dare change a thing, lol. I've been wanting to try the handpicked zip method too,ever since I saw a tutorial on Threads.
    Anyway, new to your blog. So Hi!
    Px

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  3. I just popped over from sewretro. I wanted to say again how fabulous this is. You look gorgeous in it!

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  4. That is one stunning dress!! I vote for leaving the hem as is - it shows off your pins perfectly, and seems to hit your knee in the right spot.

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  5. It's fantastic and you look wonderful in it, don't change a thing! You've made me want to try the hand picked zip too - I'm lazy so anything described as easy gets my vote. LOVE that cactus fabric on the line, can't wait to see what you make with it. x

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  6. its adorable and you can really pull off yellow. i cant do yellow because with my red hair i look like ronald macdonald. i would bring the hem down a bit because it looks like when you sit that hem will expose your bum to cold seats!

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  7. This is a beautiful dress and absolutely perfect - I love the length too! Zips are not my friends, so perhaps I may have more luck with the hand-picked variety...I will certainly give it a go!

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  8. This is so lovely! I love the print and I think the length is fabulous as is. Very pretty with your red hair!

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  9. That´s adorable! And such a clever way of using seersucker. Perfection!

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  10. Gorgeous! Perfect! So flattering!

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  11. that looks so good on you, i can hardly stand it!! leave the hem where it is - it's perfect!!

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  12. So beautiful, that dress makes me long for summer.

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  13. That is adorable!! Looks fantastic ~have fun sewing ~Love Heather

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  14. I fecking love that frock.It's gorgeous,you look gorgeous in it and I like the length as is.
    x

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  15. That is absolutely beautiful! I'd leave the length as it is - I love the way the skirt hangs.

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  16. That dress is just the cutest! I like the length as it is but as long as you're comfortable sitting down in it too :-D. Sooo pretty..love the print!

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  17. love it, you look gorgeous! i can't wait to see what you do with the cactus fabric!

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  18. Oh my gosh! It's all kinds of beautiful!!! I would love to make a dress in that pattern...I still haven't finished my first ever dress...I got half way and got scared!

    The lemons are gorgeous and so are you :) Xx

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  19. LOVE! The hem length looks pretty perfect to me. I wouldn't touch it. I almost always put zippers in by hand. So much easier to control that way!

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  20. That is adorable, and it really suits your coloring. I love how the length of the skirt works for you, it hits your legs in just the right spot, which can be tricky w/ full skirts. Nice nude pumps too!
    Clearly tablecloth sewing is where it's at. I just made one too:
    http://4-sisters.blogspot.com/2011/03/cocktail-frocks-on-rio-grande.html

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  21. Your dress is beautiful! I think the length is just right for you.

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  22. Everything is wonderful about this dress.

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  23. I am IN LOVE with this dress. It is so perfect in every way. Yellow is my favorite color and this reminds me of fresh squeezed lemonade on a warm summer's day. You're so talented! xoxo

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  24. Just BEAUTIFUL. I love yellow and I have been dying for a lemon print! I never thought of tablecloths. You're a genius. ;) Jealous of your yellow petticoat too.

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  25. That dress looks amazing on you. Fabulous job - the handpicking has paid off! lol

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  26. Great combo & styling!

    I love that you've drafted your own patterns, I really should get into that, as I spend most of my time resizing my vintage ones. Hmmmmmm, thanks for the inspiration!

    I love tablecloths for a fresher looking pattern, always makes things unique!

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  27. I saw your photos of this dress on SewRetro and popped over here to see your blog. CUTEST DRESS EVER! You've inspired me to get off my butt and sew some vintage summer dresses, even if it's still snowing :-)

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  28. very cute! and yes you are a genius to see a dress in a tablecloth.

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  29. That dress is just gorgeous!!! I am desperate for a lemon dress of my own - yours is so CUTE!

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  30. Oh!!! This dress is so original!! Perfect style!

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