Friday, April 27, 2012

Oranges are not the only fruit



Simplicity 5179 Dress

   
Remember my last post when I said I could make a whole pile of shirtdresses and wear them all the time? Well, this is number two. I used the same pattern as the last one but added the pleated skirt instead of the A-line one.


Vintage Simplicity 5179 Dress


The fabric is an apple print cotton from Spotlight. I always complain about Spotlight but they actually have some pretty good fabrics and at the moment there aren't many places to buy material here. 


Buttons


The buttons are from Unearthed in Wellington which is a really cool shop with lots of vintage and retro kitchenware and household stuff.

I think I love this one even more than the map one and you better believe I already have my next shirtdress planned. 


37 comments:

  1. Eek so, so cute!! I love this style of dress. Don't suppose you would consider making them for others?! I'm so lazy and impatient when it comes to sewing!

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    1. Thanks! Not at the moment. I'm in my last year of my degrees and am really busy but if I don't manage to find a job after I graduate I will probably try and make some money from sewing.

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  2. This is another masterpiece!!
    I'm so in love with your works, especially for your great taste in fabrics, I like the apple print and I wanted to have a similar dress since I've watched Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr Fox'with my girls ,where mr fox's foxy fox wife is wearing a stunning apples fabric dress, you must take a look at it: is just as wonderful as yours!
    xxx

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    1. Thanks! I just looked up the dress that Mrs Fox wears. You're right. It's a lovely dress. Now I want one like that.

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  3. What a coincidence! I was looking at this the other day thinking I would love to make something out of it. Love your dress! I am so excited for this summer and once Squishy is born so I can sew myself some dresses in some fun print fabrics.

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    1. That's funny. I often see Australian bloggers using fabric I've seen in Spotlight here. Thanks! That'll be great. Summer dresses are really fun to make.

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  4. Oh my, you are actually a goddess. This dress is PERFECT and the fabric is so amazing. I basically want to commission you to sew me an entire new wardrobe.

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    1. Thanks. No one's ever called me a goddess before! If I can't get a job after uni you can totally commission me to sew you a whole wardrobe.

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  5. Seeing as you're on the sewing bandwagon.....I want one too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Well, I read quite a few depressing stories this week about how lots of graduates are unemployed so you may be in luck next year if I can't find a job. If that happens I may have to make dresses.

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  6. you have so much talent. You really should consider making to sell. YOu know I'd buy one!

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    1. Thanks! As I said above, sewing is my back-up plan if I can't find a job when I graduate at the end of the year so maybe you will be able to buy one at some point.

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  7. Aren´t you clever, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Jealous!!!
    I love that dress so much.
    have a lovely weekend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  8. *sigh* Another super-cute shirt dress! You are on a roll with these. And now of course I want a dress with fruit on it.

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    1. Thanks! Making them is kind of addictive. I keep seeing shirt dress possibilities everywhere. Fruit fabric might be easier to find than map fabric.

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  9. and yet again, I have major button envy!

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    1. I wont show you my button stash then because it might be too jealousy inducing ;) I have a bit of a button obsession.

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  10. I really like the fullness that the pleated skirt adds to this. Very fetching!

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    1. Yeah, I like the pleats too. I think they look better than the A-line skirt that was on my other one. Thanks!

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  11. Beautiful - I hope one day soon I can sew as well as you! I need loads more practice though. I have to agree, I'm not crazy about spotlight, but sometimes it feels like the only place you can get some decent fabric.

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    1. Thanks. You should see some of my early efforts. I found practice and patience helped me improve lots. I don't know if you've been to Arthur Toye in Welly but they had some pretty good fabrics when I went there.

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  12. Ok I am with the lovelies above!!! I would so love a little shirt dress made by you.
    Miss apple is a cuttie pie and you look so pretty in her.
    Hope to see you next weekend!!!
    Love v

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I'm coming out to the sale with Helga so I'll see you then.

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  13. Love, love, love this dress!! The apple print is adorable, fruit always looks good on a dress! The buttons are a beautiful detail :).

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    1. Thanks! I agree, fruit prints are always awesome.

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  14. you have such a lovely vintage style and I love all your creations. You're talented... I wish I could sew like you. You should open an etsy shop! Following you by the way. I found you at Sacramento's blog.

    mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Mongs. I checked out your blog and I love your style too. Maybe I will open an etsy shop some day.

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  15. Wonderful dress! Last time I was in Spotlight I saw some great vintage-style cotton prints. It gave me hope! I think they might have been for kids, but that hasn't stopped me before...

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    2. Thanks. Spotlight does usually have a good selection of cotton prints, it's just everything else that's not so great. The kids section is my favourite. They always get the best prints

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  16. LOVE THIS FROCK!!! The shape is perfect,I think I like the pleated skirt best!
    I think that post title is an Australian novel....or is it a Jeanette Winterson novel...hmmmmmm

    See you Saturday!XXX

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    1. Thanks! I like the pleated skirt better too. Yes, it's a Jeanette Winterson novel. I read the book a few years ago and loved it and I watched the film version while I was sewing this dress.
      See you then!

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  17. I saw some fabric that reminded me of you. A local quilting shop had some yardage printed with bunches of green onions! She also had peaches and a great potato print. These are large prints, not some discrete, tasteful rendition of an onion bunch. It would take a woman with the @#$% of a brass monkey to wear them.
    Whatd'ya think?

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    1. Ha, I like that crazy prints remind you of me. As you probably know by now, discreet and tasteful are not in my repertoire. The fabric sounds fabulous. I think food prints are classic and timeless, and everyone can pull them off if they have the right attitude, but that may just be me.

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  18. Whoops! That's discreet, not discrete. Sorry, Mom.

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  19. i'm totally in love with your apple dress. so cute.

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