Fanciful Frocks and French Fountains

Hi guys! So a good few weeks ago I posted that I purchased a dress pattern and some wonderfully fanciful butterfly fabric from work (check out that post here!). I’d purchased the dress pattern (Newlook 6508) with the intention of getting it sewn in time for my trip to Carcassonne with Jason; after a bit of a last minute sewing frenzy the few days before our flight, I can proudly say that I did indeed achieve my goal!


Here I am trying to look like I am not the most awkward poser ever in front of the fountain in Carcassonne town square. I love the fabric that I made this dress from. It’s a beautiful heavy cotton that sewed like a dream. I had no trouble with it stretching or pulling while I sewed it, and although it was a bit more expensive than I would usually buy, at around £12 per metre, I do feel it was worth it for the overall finish of the dress. I think the skirt falls beautifully. And besides, I only needed two metres.

The bodice is completely lined in a navy polycotton that I purchased for £3.75 per metre. This was great as it meant the dress was thick enough for me to go braless without feeling self-conscious.


The pattern is actually a two piece, where the bodice and skirt are two separate garments that you attach to each other using the six buttons on the waistband. There are also four buttons that go down the back of the bodice. I adore the back detail on this dress, it’s one of the reasons I decided to purchase the pattern. I’m also a sucker for wooden buttons, so I just had to use these little 1/2″ beauties!


In short, I’m really rather pleased with how this dress turned out. It was my first time inserting an invisible zip- which was a nightmare without an actual invisible zipper foot!– but I actually don’t think the finished garment looked too messy!

I will definitely be using this patten again to make a few more dresses in different fabrics, and I’m especially excited now that I know the skirt isn’t attached to the top! I look forward to making some more skirts too as I adore the pleats.

Have you sewn anything recently? Have you had a go at sewing your own clothes? Let me know how it went!

Best wishes,

Maddie x


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