Thursday, 24 December 2015

Miss Dixie O'Dare Sew-a-long

Whilst the participants of the Miss Dixie O'Dare Sew-a-long whipped up cute summer dresses, I slowly made this wool tartan version for a more winter friendly outfit. 

The sew-along was super easy and I really enjoyed taking part. It is a reassurance to know lots of other ladies are sewing the same garment and if you have any problems plenty of people will help you out.

Outfit details:
Dress-Me made
Shirt- Old, Baytrading co.
Brooch-Vintage, Etsy
Tights- Marks and Spencer
Bow belt- Me made
Bow hair tie- Me made
Boots- Marks and Spencer

If I may draw ones attention to the centre front pattern matching. 

Yes I did that!!!

Yes it took forever to do that!! 

I really love this scalloped edge. It is so sweet and feminine. 

This sweetheart locket brooch has been super useful. I can wear it with everything and it always looks elegant. 

Pockets make everything better! Not that I ever put anything in my pockets. For ornamental purposes only. 

I made the pockets bias cut so they could be seen, otherwise they disappear into the fabric.

I had some nice velvet ribbon left over from the belt so I made this sweet little hair bow.
You can never have too many bows!

As you can see, the buttons along the back are not working buttons, there are poppers underneath.
Total cheat but I don't have a machine to do buttonholes-
Ain't nobody doing that by hand!

I'm super pleased with my little tartan dress.
In fact I had a similar style for school when I was very young. My dad pointed that out to me when he saw it. So funny how you go back to things that you loved from your childhood and recreate them subconsciously.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas. 




  1. You've done such a spectacular job with this dress! The pattern matching is on point ~ and I simply adore, adore the cute velvet bow at the waist and the bows in your hair! I saw the sew-a-long and wanted to join in, but totally ran out of time. I so love your winter take on it though. Outstanding work! And Merry Christmas!! ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  2. So gorgeous! And love how the waist bow matches the one in your hair. Merry Christmas lovely xx

  3. What a beautiful dress! I love tartan and think these type of dresses are so sweet. I had one when I was little and just wish I could still wear it. WELL DONE ON THAT PATTERN MATCHING. Gosh! I don't think I have the patience or the eyesight for such accuracy! It's so perfect you can hardly see it. Well done!

  4. Splendidly lovely ensemble! That bow belt is all kinds of adorable, while also being delightfully glamorous, too.

    I hope that you're having a resplendent holiday season!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  5. That detailing! I can see how that took you ages. Such a cute dress - I have one a bit similar but nowhere near as nice as yours.

  6. charming dress!
    happy festive season

  7. Beautiful dress--congratulations on all of your effort! I really like the scalloped edge on the front. Merry Christmas! Christie