This year was no different so I was presented with this fantastic polka dot fabric! I love it!
I wasn't too sure what to make but then decided to go for a completely random approach and chuck it onto the mannequin and just see where I ended up (as demonstrated below - clearly very technical!)
I don't really do well with patterns - possibly because I don't really do that well with being told what to do - and tend to go off pattern all the time anyway! So I just went with what felt right. I decided the larger dots at the bottom decreasing as it went up worker well and with the amount of fabric it had to be a dress. Once I started adding shape by pinning in some darts I had begun to get an idea of how the dress would look.
This dress started off as a duvet cover and with some snipping, pinning and tweaking turned into a dress that I will absolutely be wearing! What do you think?
A bit of a dark picture there but an idea of the shape of the dress. I'm really happy with the way the sleeves worked so well even on a mannequin - I have to admit to being a bit afraid of sleeves so going off pattern was a bit nervy but they seem to have worked well!
It is so comfy and I love the neutral colours that can be dressed up with a fun, bright necklace or bracelet.
What a great birthday gift! The fun of opening it to find gorgeous fabric, the dreaming up of a project perfect for the fabric, the sewing and now the wearing! Talk about the gift that just keeps on giving!
Have you made any clothes by using a mannequin? Do send them over so I can share them too!