Sunday, January 10, 2016

Let me see your Shimmy....

It started with a pin.....
'Oooh, Mummy. I love it so, so much, puh-lease make it for me for Christmas Day'

Well, Trixie and I were ill just before and over Christmas so it didn't get finished.
Better late then never.
I is proper proud of myself.
We went with the O+S Roller Skate dress.

Which we made very successfully once before.
Lidia is just out of the size 12 measurement, but with the built in ease the 12 still fits. I added a couple of cms to the hem.
I noticed Lid's looks a little awkward in her yellow number so I lowered the elastic casing by 4.5 cms.
I purchased the fringing from Spotlight. It comes with a holding stitch at the bottom which helps keep it together when sewing.

It was a lot of fun removing that when I was finished.

I won't fib, the fringing was not the easiest to apply but I took my time and gave myself the evening to just attach it. I covered the top edge with some linen webbing and I think that blends quite well with the cotton/poly linen look fabric (that needs minimal pressing).
The velvet ribbon is divine, cotton-y velvet lushness.
I hand sewed the hem, not a finish I normally employ but I felt the dress deserved it.
As the dress would be tricky to iron I used a poly/cotton poplin for the lining rather then voile (which would need pressing)
The button is a pretty ceramic, hand glazed, all the way from Canada, jobby.
Thank you Suzanne #sewingfriendsarethebest.
I *love* it on her.
I highly recommend dropping the waistband.
Don't you just love how the fringe sits?
Let me see you shimmy!

~Lidia's Verdict~
"This is now my favourite going out dress. It is comfortable and easy to move around in.
It is really pretty and I love it. 
If I was to change anything about it I would have all fringe, top to bottom, front and back.
But I would keep the ribbon tie.''

Thanks for reading Lovelies and double thanks if you have time to leave a comment.

xx N

28 comments:

  1. Pretty! looks great with the lowered waistband ;o)

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    1. Thank you Colette.
      I love the Empire Line of younger girls but I think the slightly lower waist works better on older girls. I didn't lower it that much but she looks more comfortable.
      xx N

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  2. That looks amazing on Lidia. Just the right amount of sophistication and glam.

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    1. Thank you Aynsley.
      It was such fun going through Liddy's board on Pinterest choosing outfits.
      xx N

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  3. The lowered waistband looks exactly like it is meant to be. I imagine it is more comfortable that way anyway! The fringing does look fantastic...very swishy!

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  4. Thank you.
    I noticed a few in the Flickr pool and Matilda was sent a gorgeous Liberty version that is very waisted.
    Lidia says it is far more comfortable too.
    The fringing is fun, I would definitely use it again.
    xx N

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  5. Oh gorgeous. Classy but fun; sophisticated but sassy! I just had a quiet little momentary wish that I had a dress like this as a girl (but then realised that I would actually have to be Miss Lidia to look so fab in it)!
    It actually looks quite different on the hangar to being worn which speaks volumes for the initial vision. The tie really does complete the dress by 'earthing' the flounce somewhat.
    GREAT idea to lower the waist. I'll keep that in mind.
    Good work Mama.

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    1. Thank you Renae.
      What I would have given to have this dress growing up.

      Liddy and Tilly love Pinterest and Polyvore so both have quite sophisticated, clean style.
      Fun to sew for.

      I can't take credit for the lower waist line but I do love it!
      xx N

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  6. It turned out quite lovely! Love the fringe!

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    1. Thank you Cindy, I could definitely see MG&BK rocking this look too!
      xx N

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  7. Dropping the elastic was genius!

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    1. Thank you Sarah, Catherine made one for her daughter that way and I loved it (still do, Tilly wears it now)
      xx N

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  8. Dropping the elastic was genius!

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  9. Gorgeous. I love reading Lidy's reviews!

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    1. Thank you Sandi.
      I felt my blog was getting really flat so I thought what not get the recipients reviews?
      The Twins don't hold back but the others are so polite, they ALWAYS say nice things.
      It was a great way for Liddy to let me know (kindly) she thought the last transfer was a bit babyish.
      xx N

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  10. It's adorable. I really should re-make this for Clare with your suggestion of lowering that elastic. That would make quite a difference! It's a lovely style and looks terrific with the fringing.

    I am really enjoying your "kid's verdict" comments on each garment as well.

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    1. Oooh yes Lara, I could definitely see this on Clare. It would look stunning in one of those gorgeous Balinese prints you purchased.
      Thanks for the 'feedback' on the 'feedback'. :)
      Things were getting a bit stale and I was wondering about winding up the blog (not flouncing, just wondering if anyone was reading) I have got some awesome response so I shall keep at it.
      xx N

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  11. Absolutely love this! And not sure why I didn't think to drop the elastic, but I will definitely do this in the future. Thanks for the tip and inspiration. :)

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    1. Thank you Emily.
      I am a bit cross at myself for not sewing this for Lidia sooner, at least I have Tilly and Trixie coming through.
      xx N

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  12. This is a smashing dress and I can see that Lidia loves it and feels great in it (no shock there)! Perfect party dress. Yes, the lower waist for older girls - duly noted and filed away for future reference!

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    1. It does make an awesome Party dress Inder, and do-able in a reasonably quick time span. Not so painful if they grow out of it quickly.
      Thank you.
      xx N

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  13. I do love the lowered casing. I think this was a bit of a put off for Imogen when she could still fit the pattern. But of course I didn't think (or have the time) to lower the casing. I will make a note of it for next time though. It is a great pattern and suits Liddie really well.

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  14. Hi Nicole, I love to read your blog. I generally never comment as I don't have my own blog, but I'm sure there are many more like me out there! I have picked up a lot of sewing tips from you. Love, Ann in Qld.

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  15. Hi Ann,
    Thank you so much for reading (and commenting)
    I am thrilled if I have been of any help at all.
    xx N

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  16. Lowering the casing made all the difference! This dress is straight out of the 1920's! (it reminds me of the flapper dresses). She has a great sense of style already. I'm glad I won't be adding fringe to anything, whew that looks painful and time intensive!

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  17. Oh Kristin, it was a royal pain but she was so excited, how could I say 'No'?
    Thank you, as always, for your lovely comments and friendship-over-the-sea.
    xx N

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