Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Cowboy Dress

Two years ago, I made my first ever dress.  I loved it, and have worn it A LOT!  As soon as the sun comes out, IT comes out.  But, apart from a couple of fancy-dress costumes, I haven’t made any other clothes for myself since.

I’ve always wanted to get into making my own clothes, as I rarely see anything that takes my fancy in the shops.  So I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to have another go.  I think it was partly because I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do a good job (perhaps the fact that the first dress worked out okay was just a fluke) – and partly because I could get a quicker 'fix’ from making accessories and smaller bits and pieces.  

THEN, along came ‘The Great British Sewing Bee'..... and inspired me to get a move on.  What a fantastic series that was!!!  I loved EVERY second of it!!!  As soon as the first show had ended, I got to work planning a dress-making project.  I decided to use the same pattern I’d used for my first dress (New Look 6888).  I used some red and white spotty fabric that I’d had in my stash for a while, and the Cath Kidston cowboy-print fabric that my lovely friend Lisa gave me as a gift a few months ago (you can see the gorgeous goodies she gave me here). 

And here’s the dress.....











I LOVE it!!! 

And guess what???  I’ve made TWO more garments since.  Show-and-tell sessions to follow shortly, of course.....

Carly

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23 comments:

  1. Now just look at you Carly!!! Lovely dress...lovely in its simplicity and its gorgeous fabric. I must say I do like the wagons. It looks great on its own and with leggings. It is also going to be really cool for the summer months. I'd say full marks for that dress and look forward to seeing the others.


    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  2. Carly your dress is fabulous. I love your fabric choices!
    Dx

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  3. Love it! The Cowboy print is my favourite CK print. Love the pockets xo

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  4. It's really gorgeous and looks lovely. Well done, I know exactly what you mean about stressing about how garments will turn out. We should have more self-belief!
    X Sally

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  5. Carly, I love your dress it is just gorgeous! You have made a fantastic job of it! I love the fabric and the contrasting CK print too, really really lovely.
    Marianne x

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  6. That is so cute - it looks like a grown up version of a little girl dress! I bet you never have a bad day wearing that!!

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  7. Ah! So cute!! So jealous of your sewing skills! LOVE dresses with pockets!! Can't wait to see what else you've made!
    Kate :}

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  8. Wow, Carly! That dress is adorable! And I love the pocket detail too. Nice seeing you too -- you are beautiful! :)

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  9. Oh. My. goodness Carly, that is one gorgeous dress! with a gorgeous Carly wearing it!
    I am so impressed, i have been feeling just the same but am still not quite brave enough, maybe you will inspire me x
    tha fabrics you chose are fabulous
    love jooles xx

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  10. I love it, lovely colour and beautiful dress and you look gorgeous in it. So much nicer than anything in the shops.
    I was really inspired by the sewing bee, I fancied having a go at some clothes for the girls and I'd love to make some for me but I'm not sure my sewing is up to it...I need to be brave and go for it I think...I can always unpick lol.
    Emma x

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  11. Gorgeous Carly ... I love the combination of the two prints ... I am very impressed ... Bee xx

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  12. Love it, love it and I am so with you on the Sewing Bee Love too x

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  13. So do I! It looks wonderful on you and the colour is just perfect. I love a red dress.

    Nina x

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  14. Hello sweet Carly! How are you my dear friend? I am so happy to see a post from you! I read about the sewing bee show in Mollie Makes and must watch it. I am so glad it inspired you. One of the things I love about making your own clothing is it is unique and you can use your favorite materials. I LOVE this dress you made! You did a fantastic job sweetie! You really have a gift for sewing. I don't think I would make a dress like that! It fits you perfectly and I must say you are absolutely gorgeous!!!! Red is a fabulous color for you. I am so glad you could use the fabric your friend gave you. It is a perfect match! I love all of your outfit and this pattern. I will have to look for it and give it a go! Your sewing is perfect! I am so glad you love this and have made two more garments. I can hardly wait to see them. You have inspired me so much! Love you, Paula xo

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  15. Oh my goodness that dotted red dress of yours is so adorable..love the cowboy print as well. You are so so darling! Enjoy your lovely dress...hugs for a great weekend.

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  16. Wow, how lovely your red dotty dress is, Carly! I love the cowboy print with it, that is such a great combination! It fits you so well....you have the sewing knack!!
    Looking forward to seeing what else you have been making too :)
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Helen x

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  17. Whoa! (If you'll pardon the pun!) I love it too. And it looks fabulous on you :)

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  18. Love it! So wish I could sew

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  19. THat dress is lovely, I started a dressmaking course but it didn't work out. I have an almost finished dress, maybe I'll get around to finishing it one day! I have lots of fabric that I bought to make garments. Can't wait to see the other two things you made XX

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  20. CARLY!! That dress is FABULOUS!! Wow. I just love the polka dots and cowboy mixmatch! You'll be on the next sewing bee for sure :) Hazel x

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  21. This really is a great combination Carly, and what a great style, looks perfect alone as a sundress but equally good with cardi and leggins. You've inspired me for just what you can do with one of those fabric pieces from Cath Kidson, never would have thought of it in these terms. I see fabric stashing in my future!

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  22. Hi Carly just catching up with posts since getting back from my holiday - your dress is adorable x

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  23. oh my goodness...I ♥♥♥ it! Its funny I keep reading your posts and its like it me talking..i have also been meaning to make clothes for years and years..however I still haven't got round to it but your dress has inspired me so watch this space! :)

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Carly

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