I made this dress about a week ago but wanted to share it with all of you.
I decided it was time to make my version of Lady Mary’s garden party/flower show dress from Downton Abbey. I had the fabric and the inspiration, but just had to settle on the pattern and my final vision. I wanted to do a modern take on the dress because I don’t wear things that are too heavily vintage. They just don’t fit in with my own personal style and I wanted to be sure that I would wear it. I played around with several pattern ideas until finally Colette announced her newest line of Spring/Summer patterns. As soon as I saw the Hazel dress I knew exactly what I had to do.
So I set to making my own version. A shorter dress to keep it modern and because I hardly wear long dresses with the California weather. I very much live off of my Spring/Summer sewing as it easily shifts into something wearable for Fall. Throw on a sweater and tights and you’re set for Winter too! I added a bit of lace trim and vintage buttons to the neckline, so it was reminiscent of the original dress I was being inspired by. And to create the effect of the darker band at the waistline, I made my own belt from a kit from a Fashionable Stitch.
I love how the dress turned out and I know it’s going to get a lot of wear! More construction details and sources for my materials can be found on my blog, What’s Up, Cupcake?