Take three

In my last post I talked about my first two attempts at developing a pattern based on an initial rub-off of a dress I love. And today here is my third version!

This time I got rid of the gathers and modified the bodice pieces accordingly. I also got rid of the buttons at the front and put in a side zip. I also added a skirt lining and reshaped the front yoke slightly – mostly so I can get it over my head.

The fabric comes from Holm Sown in Castle Douglas and was a Christmas present from my Mum last Christmas (and by last I mean 2015) so I’m happy to finally make something with it. That said I’ve got fabric I bought in 2008 still lurking around waiting for me to love it so just over a year between acquiring fabric and using it is actually quite good going by my track record!

I really like this dress and will get plenty wear out of it. Sometimes you go round the houses to come to a conclusion you knew already – wearing a dress I’ve made and love makes me really happy. Can’t wait to wear it out on my bike in spring with a denim jacket and bare legs.

Now back to the drawing board to see how I can improve the pattern for version four.

Here are some more shots which hopefully give a better idea of the details. (I’m finding it really tricky to get good photos of things I make these days and I’m not sure these do it justice, oh well they’ll do!)

Close up of the front bodice (and my camera remote).

Close-ish up of the back.

The lining



  1. 5th February 2017 / 10:31 am

    It’s lovely! Well done 🙂

    • Emily@BelgianSeams
      5th February 2017 / 12:06 pm

      aw, thank you! Hope all is well with you, Laura.

  2. 5th February 2017 / 7:13 pm

    lovely dress! i like the photos as well, the back view is looking so good, seems like a perfect fit. and i prefer the mood of the photos to other blogs, really – not too perfect or staged, very authentic imo. have fun with no 4 !!

    • Emily@BelgianSeams
      5th February 2017 / 10:25 pm

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to what no. 4 brings 🙂

  3. 5th February 2017 / 10:38 pm

    Looks fab! I love the neckline.

    • Emily@BelgianSeams
      6th February 2017 / 11:13 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

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