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Going dotty for polka dots

February 15, 2016

Sometime last year I had an idea to make a looser fitted dress, with a lower, almost drop waisted dress. So I took to Pinterest as usual for my inspiration. I found the loveliest navy polka dot fabric at Walthamstow market and I already had some contrasting polka dot fabric that I could use as lining. It didn’t quite turn out as I expected but it’s great to wear on a Saturday afternoon when you’re lounging around the house.

I honestly can’t remember what, if any, top pattern I used. I think it could have been one I mocked up a while ago, but it would work with just a simple shell top pattern. This one has darts on the side and I didn’t shorten the top in any way.

The skirt is a simple gathered skirt – a style that I had a penchant for making late last year and into the new year. It comes to just above my knees so it’s a really comfortable length to wear.


I’ve pinned lots of looser fitting dresses lately and, for a while, it was my go-to dress to wear (probably due to post Christmas overeating), but now I’m once again obsessed with the more figure hugging shape, so there’s plenty of backlog dresses to be posted on And She Made.

As I said above I’m not 100% happy with this dress. I think the waist length is a bit strange – it should either be a little higher or a lot lower to make it a proper drop waist dress. But it was an experiment and I suppose we’re all hard on our own creations, aren’t we?

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