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Where’s Toto?

Here is my version of the vintage gingham dress I spotted on Etsy. I used a super similar little pale blue gingham lined in pale blue as well. I think the fit turned out pretty well despite not being 100% happy with darts but whats new.

The pattern only calls for lining the bodice but I went ahead and flat lined the skirt to prevent any fashion faux pas. I’m not sure if any other sewers feel the same but I remember when I first started sewing and I despised when something called for a lining and now I try to manipulate patterns in order to add a lining… oh growing up into a real adult sewer is fun!

My photographer extraordinaire was trying to get some new poses so logically he told me to look natural and lean into the bush. I think it looks pretty great!

All I need to complete the ensemble are some sparkly red shoes and a good ‘ol tornado! Maybe we could skip the tornado.

In other news I am becoming an extreme fabric and sewing supply hoarder eek! Does anyone know any crafty ladies or gents in the Phoenix area who could take some supplies off my hands?

Now onto my final draft of the Macaron!


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13 Responses to Where’s Toto?

  1. Emily says:

    This is so cute! I bought this pattern when it came out and haven’t made it yet…I’m afraid it’ll have to wait for next spring at this point. Yours is adorable in gingham!

  2. Marie says:

    Oh my, this is super cute on you and much nicer than your inspiration dress too! Fantastic work! Can I ask what pattern you used for this beauty?

  3. Angie says:

    Its Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 1873

  4. Bohdana says:

    Oh this is lovely! What pattern did you use? I love how it has those little side bits at the waist. So perfect.

  5. Bohdana says:

    Whoops, just saw your comment to the person above! Definitely going to try get my hands on that pattern

  6. Zoe says:

    Yay you made it! It’s lovely. The darts look great from where I’m sitting. Definitely would look cute with red shoes, sparkly or otherwise! xx

  7. Lizzy says:

    Adorable, really fresh and sweet!

  8. That is such a super cute dress: love gingham!! I admire your diligence regarding the lining: as someone who has yet to make a dress from scratch (my mum made my last one: lined of course!) seeing your lovely dresses has me wanting to take the plunge!

  9. Kath says:

    This is super cute :) The tabs and the flared skirt are just lovely! You always seem to try out the patterns I have on my ‘must sew’ list and the effect is always so pretty. Thanks for inspiring me!

  10. lisa says:

    This dress looks so good- you did a great job! I want to build up my sewing confidence so I can whip up some dresses like this! Happy to have found your blog- I’m in Tempe too :)

  11. Angie says:

    Well if you ever want to come over for a sewing party you let me know!

  12. Gaby says:

    Aah lovely. I don’t know why on earth I didn’t comment when this first popped up in my RSS feed, but I love this dress! I have thought about trying those little tabs on a dress but never gotten around to it… they look fabulous. And I can’t see any problem with the darts either, but we are always our own worst critics :) !

  13. Tilly says:

    Oh golly gosh, I’ve been so AWOL on the blogging front that I’ve only just seen your amazing web redesign! LOVE it!! Oh so stylish – just like you.

    And I LOVE this dress. So much so that you’ve inspired me to buy the pattern. Even though it’s freezing cold in London. Oh well!

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