A Little Striped Dress

You know when you have a million things to do but you don’t want to do any of them, so instead you do something else entirely? Yeah, last Friday I did that. (I told you I am the queen of procrastinating!) Reuben had a work function that evening and though I should have been packing for our move, I stayed up til 2am sewing myself a new dress. Logical, no?

Like the pink floral frock I made (and a couple of others I have made since) it’s loosely based on a pattern from this book but mostly just improvised. Unlike my previous dresses, this version is fully lined. It’s made from two thrifted sheets; a blue, white and lemon stripy one for the outside and a plain white one for the lining. The lace collar was also thrifted. I found a little bundle of these collars in an op-shop a while ago so you can expect to see them popping up on more dresses in the future!

So, now I have a new frock but we still have very few boxes packed. Reubs and I are moving this weekend so for the next little while we are going to be rather busy! This is approximately our 37 trillionth move but it never really gets any easier. Moving just isn’t much fun!

I hope everything is sunshiney in your world? Sending you lots of happy thoughts for the week ahead!

Katie x

PS Looking at these pictures I have realised I really should have ironed the dress before photographing it! Sorry about that…

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Katie is a tea drinking, jewellery making, op-shopping daydreamer. Katie likes vintage dresses, Pictionary, doilies and colourful tights.


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25 Responses to “A Little Striped Dress”

  1. Sarah guildea (@Adoreabubbles) October 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    It’s so pretty, I wish I had a skill like that!

  2. Heidi October 22, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    I am definitely a queen of procrastination, I can always manage to find something silly to do when I’m really supposed to be doing something particularly important..

    In your case, I think it was well worth the procrastinating, what a lovely dress! And the collar is so darling 🙂

  3. Zoe October 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Oh you are so clever! I wish my procrastination was so productive. In the past week I’ve learnt to name all 196 countries in under 15 minutes. Not exactly useful…. But better than essay writing!

    • Katie
      Katie October 23, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

      Haha, my procrastinating is not usually so productive! Usually it just involves a lot of faffing around in the internet, so I guess sewing is progress really? 😉

  4. Jo October 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    What a gorgeous dress and such a darling collar! I love that you made this instead of packing boxes – much more fun! 🙂

    Jo x

  5. Abi Gray October 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    Gosh, Katie this is beautiful!
    You should start selling them online, I’d totally buy one!!

    • Katie
      Katie October 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

      Thank you so much Abi! And the fact you would buy one is very nice to know! 😉

  6. Kelly October 22, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    I swear you get some of the best finds while out thrifting! That collar is precious & I love what it does for the simple dress pattern. Too cute!

    I don’t wear many dresses because I can never seem to find everyday ones that I like in the stores. Might have to add that book to my wishlist so I can work on making a few. I have one of the other Built by Wendy sewing books & was planning on spending my winter in the craft room brushing up on my sewing skills anyways.

  7. Jordy October 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    This looks incredibly well done! That’s very exciting!

  8. Rita@thissortaoldlife October 23, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    Such a cute dress–but what I really want for my own is a granny square garland! I know just how compelling some things can be when there’s something laborious to be done. Good luck with your move.

    • Katie
      Katie October 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

      I am quite fond of that granny square garland too! It’s one of the only crochet projects I’ve ever managed to finish (granny squares seem to be my crochet limit!) I really should make more of them…

  9. Kasey October 23, 2012 at 4:12 am #

    Very lovely and dainty dress! Great color blue.

  10. Sarah @ gladys in the garden October 23, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Love the dress and love, love, love the collar.
    Sewing is much more fun than packing. A great diversion.
    Good luck with your move.

  11. Heidi October 23, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Sometimes you just need to do something illogical Katie and what you enjoy even if there are more pressing things that need to be done. It is good for your heart, mind and soul. The dress is gorgeous and I have the same problem – I can never find dresses in the style/colour/fit that I like and that I think suit my shape so am thinking I might start making my own too. Thank you for the inspiration. Your dress is beautiful, can’t wait to see some pics of you in it x

    • Katie
      Katie October 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

      Once you figure out what works for you, I say you stick with it! So now I know how to make little dresses I feel comfy in I plan to make a million of them. Good luck with your quest to find the perfect Heidi dress pattern. I know it’s out there somewhere! 🙂

  12. Ravs October 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    That striped sheet was a great find – wouldn’t have guessed if you didn’t say. Looks lovely & fresh for a spring day.

  13. Sarah @ Chantille Fleur October 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    What a BEAUTIFUL, gorgeous dress! I LOVE it!! You’re so clever 😀
    Happy moving! (I personally hate moving – but the feeling of waking up somewhere new almost makes up for it.)

    • Katie
      Katie October 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

      Oh, I LOVE waking up somewhere new! I really like change. Some people find that odd but I thrive on it. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one! x

  14. Maria @ Cheeky Pink Tulip October 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Wow, can’t believe you made a dress out of sheets! That’s seriously more impressive than packing boxes. It looks fantastic!

    Maria xx

  15. Bastete1992 October 24, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    It’s good thing you done about doing something different then you need; I know that feeling and if I do it it’s amazing feeling.
    I’m quite jealous to you, I wish I could sew clothes, I could make hundreds of designs for them, but I’m rubbish at sewing, all I can do is just draw desingns.

  16. Kelly October 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    so cute katie, i love it!

  17. AmyS October 25, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    That is such a sweet dress – you did an awesome job!

  18. Sabrina October 25, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    I just found your blog a couple of days ago and I can’t get enough of it! Love it, love it, love it.

    xxx Sabrina

  19. chloe November 11, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    This dress is made from sheets!?
    I want to try this now! I could make an awesome Star Wars dress this way!


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