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Completed Project: The Sew Serendipity Monique Dress

March 7, 2013

Is anyone as fed up with British winter as I am?!  It’s cold and miserable, and I am longing for spring and summer (when, let’s face it, it will probably still be cold and miserable), so I decided to sew myself a ridiculously summery dress that I can really only imagine wearing on a hot sunny day when the skies are blue: Meet my Sew Serendipity Studios Monique dress:

The Monique Dress

The Monique Dress

This pattern actually belongs to my excellent friend and co-blogger Julia.  I borrowed it a rather long time ago, so I’m glad I finally got around to making it!  Julia has made two versions of this dress (to my knowledge), and they are both really cute.  I can only find a photo of one of them, her ‘Turkish Delight’ version:

Me made may 2012 day 4

Julia’s ‘Turkish Delight’ Monique dress

So pretty!  I had this bright yellow polka dot fabric in my stash, bought at the same time as the khaki green fabric I used for the Sis Boom Jamie dress, and half a metre of floral contrast, so I thought I’d stick with that polka-dot-floral-contrast theme.

Polka dot dresses with floral contrast!

Polka dot dresses with floral contrast!

The dress was simple enough to make, although I should have lined it because the yellow fabric is quite sheer!  As a result the neckline facing is visible, as is my underwear… wearing a slip underneath is absolutely essential!

Dress with slip worn underneath

Dress with slip worn underneath

The one bad thing about this dress?  It’s too small.  It will zip up, but that doesn’t mean it fits.  I cut a medium, going by my pre-pregnancy sizing (pregnancy number two, that is!), but I think to be comfortable (i.e. able to breathe) I need a large.  Breastfeeding hasn’t helped as I’m much larger in the chest department than ever, and it’s across the bust where this dress is fitted.  Obviously I should have made a toile, but I did not.  Bad seamstress.  Maybe this will fit better at some point in the future, when I’ve stopped breastfeeding…. but in the meantime I’m just going to go right ahead and trace out new pattern pieces in a large!  Comfort is essential to me!

Another photo

Another photo

It does go perfectly with my yellow polka dot wedges, though, which I just about managed to get in a photo!  I apologise for poor photo quality – I had to take them myself on my phone as husband was at work.  I will do better for my next post, I promise.

Yellow wedges!

Yellow wedges!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2013 11:10 am

    It’s so lovely & summery and fret now it will fit better in a few months!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 8, 2013 2:28 pm

      Thanks Lizzie! Hopefully you are right, but if not, oh well! 🙂

  2. March 7, 2013 11:41 am

    I love your dress and perfectly matching wedges. My bust got significantly larger after my second baby, too. I wonder what that’s about. Still, I think it’s a great dress for urging Spring along.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 8, 2013 2:29 pm

      I’m hoping my cup size will go down again once I stop nursing! Otherwise I’m going to have to do FBAs on everything!

      • March 8, 2013 5:19 pm

        I don’t talk about this much but my bust stayed large after nursing. It might just be where I gain weight when I do so perhaps losing weight will make my bust decrease. I don’t know for sure. I basically have to do FBAs on everything though I’m figuring out ways to cheat. 🙂

  3. March 9, 2013 4:07 am

    I love the yellow fabric! It is so busy and happy and I love your wedges- too cute!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 11, 2013 10:03 am

      Thanks Amanda! 🙂


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