Hot! MTL: Bloom Dress

And now, for our first Make This Look… By Request. Charlotte writes:

I am thinking of making a dress for my friend’s late September wedding, plus my own 40th birthday is in September(!). I have been looking where I would normally go for a special occasion dress, Monsoon. I think this is a UK chain. Anyway here are 3 dresses I like from Monsoon (which I think is considered quite expensive). I just checked, £95 (what 2 of the three cost) is $153. I would only get something from here as a very special treat.

If you select one for MTL magic I would be really pleased (can’t guarantee I will make it though!). My favourite is the first one….

I have to say that I actually like the Alexander Henry fabric I found better than the original! But since I could only find it at two sellers (Etsy and SewMamaSew) and there isn't much available, I offer an alternative in a different color scheme.

Thanks, Charlotte!

Original Inspiration



  • Omit the sash for a look truer to original. Band can be in print fabric or a contrasting navy blue. Personally, I'd love to see this dress in the alternative fabric print with a contrasting red sash!

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Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Thank you so much Mena, this is fantastic. I am thrilled to be your first request MTL! (not so thrilled to be 40, this will help take the sting out of it)

  2. I can’t believe how right on this is. Great work, Mena. Charlotte, I hope you make this, save some money and have it fit perfectly! Welcome to your 40s! I’m loving this decade so far.

  3. The AH fabric is heads over the other. I just made a princess Aline with a deep scoop neck in orange/rose/purple flowers by AH. I love it!

  4. Thanks Jeanne, I am going to try…. I have ordered the fabric and the pattern already, just waiting for the postie to deliver them! Thanks for the good wishes Cx

  5. judy roberson

    So proud Mena chose you as the first MTL.. I love the pattern you chose..just perfect and I really like the second choice in fabric..
    I just know, you will do a great job and it will look fantastic on you..
    Happy upcoming 40th birthday… Judy

  6. Charlotte, I totally missed this post but our dear friend Judy pointed it out to me. I love your dress idea, I think this would look beautiful on you. Here’s a little secret about 40, it’s fabulous as in fabulous 40! It’s a great age, I promise!