Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Spoonflower Rue Dress

Polka dots are definitely one of my favourite prints!
So when I was approached by Spoonflower who print custom fabrics, I went straight for the polka dots. 

Polka dots prints are usually repeat prints with a symmetry to them, but what I liked most about this print is the random placement, it gives it that more designer feel and seems like a fun and happy print. It is also extremely difficult to find prints with a soft cream base, opposed to a harsh white. 

I wanted a pretty summer dress that would be elegant but also fun and playful. 

To showcase this stunning cream and red polka dot print, I decided to sew up the Rue dress from Colette patterns. 
This dress is a classic shape with some interesting details which need a crisp but not too stiff fabric to maintain the shape. 
The Kona® Cotton Ultra fabric that I chose was the perfect choice for this pattern, it's heavier weigh held the skirt and bust pleats in shape perfectly and was very easy to sew. 

The piping in this pattern was incredibly exciting! I don't often get the chance to use it, so it was a nice addition to this project. The red piping really does make the polka dots pop!

Although the skirt of the dress is pleated, it isn't super full, so I feel that I can wear it that little bit more casually. 
Of course my idea of casual is somewhat skewed, as this dress to me is a casual look. We should wear the clothes we love everyday, and not just for special occasions!

I added my Cupid brooch from The Pink Bungaloo to jazz up the simple bodice, this can be a difficult brooch to wear as it is on the larger side and won't sit nicely on a collar, but it is quite at home on this dress. 

Outfit Details
Dress- Me Made, Collette Rue dress. And sewn with Spoonflower cotton fabric
Brooch- Pink Bungaloo
Shoes- Rocket Originals, Ida shoes in Red suede

This has been such a fun project, it was so liberating to choose the exact fabric that I wanted, from such a huge range of choices.

And I have ended up with a pretty summer dress which I need to take on picnics, to the seaside and the circus! 



Please note, I received this fabric without charge for my collaboration with Spoonflower, my opinions are of course my own. 


  1. Fabulous choice of pattern and fabric - a marriage made in heaven! It's a darling little dress, I'm most impressed with your piping skills too x

  2. Your me-made wardrobe is looking pretty incredible round-about now and this is another fab addition! I love red and white together like this. I also love those shoes, I've been eyeing them up for a while but worried they'll look too clunky on my long (for my height) feet... They look good on you though!

  3. Pretty dress, it looks lovely on you. I like the piping detail and the polka dot fabric is great.

  4. You look gorgeous! I love the print and the shape of this dress, and the brooch and shoes couldn't be more perfect with it.

  5. I'm just catching up with everyone's blogs and had to check out your latest makes. This dress is fabulous! I love the fact that the polka dots are much more random than normal, that gives it such interest. The piping and red accessories go wonderfully. This would be a casual outfit for me too! xx

  6. I love the contrast piping detail on the bodice. It does really make it "pop"!
    Also- I totally get the "casual" outfit conundrum :)