Sunday, 15 July 2018

Stripy Dixie DIY Bonnell Dress


In September 2017 I discussed a host of works in progress projects and the Dixie DIY Bonnel Dress was one of them. 10 months later and just in time for the wonderful heat of this surprisingly hot UK summer I have spent the last two weeks sewing this little beauty together in half hour and hour slots. This is my third version of the pattern; the first is here and my second here.

The soft and lightweight cotton stripy print was gifted by my friend Sophie who lives in Hong Kong. It was not quite opaque enough to go unlined so I underlined it with a soft white cotton batiste I purchased from MacCulloch and Wallis a few years ago.




I did make a few changes to the original pattern as follows:

  • I omitted the cut-out sections at the sides of the bodice
  • Removed the V back
  • I didn't use the in-seam pockets
  • French seam construction
  • Added patch pockets on the front as I had just enough fabric left-over to make some generous large squared pockets that were also lined with the white cotton batiste
  • I completed my first ever exposed zip, mostly because I didn't have any concealed zips in my stash but when I discovered the pretty jade green zip in my 'zip box' (everybody has a 'zip-box' right?) I hatched a plan to make it a feature
  • Hand-stitched a waistband on the inside to keep the insides neat

Enjoy some close-up shots of the construction.










In other news, I enjoyed the fantastic Orla Kiely, A Life in Pattern exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in Bermondsey. It's definitely worth a visit to see the rich collection of gorgeous colours, patterns, bags and fab fashion! Here are a few photos from the exhibition which is on until 23rd September so there is plenty of time for you to go.






Have you seen any lovely exhibitions recently?

14 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous fabric and it looks lovely made up into a summer dress! Your exposed zip looks really good. I wish I’d made a new summer dress before the heatwave as it’s so hot now I can’t face sewing!

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    1. Yes, its actually hot this summer, although it did take me 10 months to get this dress together!

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  2. Such a fun dress - especially with the exposed zipper in that colour. Orla Kiely exhibit looks wonderful. I wish I had known about the Fashion and Textile museum before my last trip over!

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    1. Thanks! The FTM museum is great - it will have to go on your list for the next visit!

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  3. You have fashioned a beautiful dress. Love the fabric and the exposed blue zipper is inspired. That exhibition looks fabulous. It seems fantastic funky fashion was to be seen.

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  4. Lovely dress Caroline. That fabric.... My daughter went to the Frieda Kahlo exhibition at the V&A yesterday and said it was fab I am keen to see that and the Orla kiely one - maybe in the holidays!

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    1. Thanks T. The fabric is lovely isn't it!

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  5. What a great dress, the colours are beautiful!

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