Hot! The “Marmalade” Dress

Name & Location: Reana Louise, Brisbane Australia

Blog: Curves, Patterns, and Pins

How long have you been sewing: Nearly one year!

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: Because I’m an over-committer? No, it’s really because I want to be part of this amazing, collaborative, and inspirational society. Now that I’ve (nearly) been sewing for one year I’m interested in bettering my skills, and who better to do it with than you guys?

What do you love most about sewing garments: That I can have a garment that fits me perfectly

What do you hate most about sewing garments: When, mostly because of impatience, I have to get too intimate with my seam-ripper.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: Create well-made, wearable, fun, and unique garments. Also, to be introduced to some patterns or style I might have never touched otherwise!

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Complete my honours thesis.

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: I’m a total blog fiend! Oonaballoona, Tick tock vintage, A sewing odyssey, Paunnet

My favourite dress of 2011 is definitely the most worn one. Swishy skirt and mustard spots? Heaven. The only problem is that the dreamy, buttery linen (which really is dreamy and buttery) crinkles. But, worth it. Swishy skirt and mustard spots, even when crinkly, are totally worth it.


Me wearing the Marmalade dress in Italy

The Facts

Fabric: Echino polka dot fabric, off-white linen, and rayon lining.
Pattern: Burdastyle 02/2011
Year: 2011
Notions: Invisible zip
Time to complete: One week… I think. It was a while ago and I’m hopeless at timing myself.
First worn: In my garden with an empty teacup.
Wear again? It’s definitely the most worn thing in my wardrobe, I love everything about it.

Total price: ~$50.


Reana Louise

Reana Louise is an Art History student who began sewing in 2011. Somewhere along that path she got obsessed.


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  1. Such a cute outfit! Yellow and polka dots – two of my favourite things!

  2. I need one! I absolutely adore polka dots!

  3. The linen will quit being so crinkly once it’s “worn in.” Cute dress!

    I think we’re “neighbors.” I’m in Brisbane, too. :)

  4. This is adorable!! Way to go lady!

  5. Hey, thank you so much for mentioning me! <3

  6. Yellow and polka dots!!! Heaven!!! Bonus that it looks so good on you too!

  7. you look stunning! i’m so excited for your posts, i know they’ll be as hilarious as your garments are beautiful :)

  8. BEAUTIFUL dress! The fabric combo is just genius!

  9. I love this dress! it’s beautiful!

  10. Beautiful! I love the colors.

  11. I adore this outfit!! It’s just so summery and fun!

  12. Very pretty dress! Love the polka dots… And the scenery!

  13. Wow what a beautiful dress, and your photos are magnificent. I’m looking forward to seeing yor future posts.

  14. Wow, great to see you as a Sew Weekly sew-alonger! I’m excited to see your creations as always and thanks for the mention…how nice!

  15. LOVE this dress – love love love. Good luck on that thesis!!!

  16. Gorgeous dress. Really lovely. Great photos too.