Hot! The “Summer at 2 degrees” dress

The Facts

Fabric: “Carnaby Street” fabic by Robert Kaufman, from stash; silk twill (for lining), £6/metre
Pattern: Truffle Dress by Colette Patterns
Year: Contemporary
Notions: 24″ invisible zip, £3
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: January 2012
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: ~£6

Temperatures have been down close to freezing here in the UK, and we’re expecting snow any time soon, so I needed something summery for this week’s challenge.  Perfect timing: this fabric’s been waiting for the right project for well over a year, and it’s got summer printed all over it – there’s the butterflies for a start, but also that vivid blue and orange-red remind me of the intense beight days we sometimes get in July and August.  I’d just finished a muslin for the Truffle dress (the number one reason I asked for the Colette Sewing Handbook for Christmas!) so challenge, fabric, and pattern all fell into place.

I left off the gorgeous Truffle frill, firstly because I wanted a really simple outline to let the print get centre-stage.  And second, because it’s more wearable over tights or leggings – I didn’t want to wait til the weather warms up!  This week I wore it out for lunch with a long cardigan, leggings and boots.

It’s definitely one I’ll wear again and again – though it’ll be as a layered look for a long time yet!  Hence my ‘Please hurry up and take this picture!’ pose.

In the middle of a wood.  In January.  To the amazement of bemused hikers passing by.  Oh, the things we do for you, Sew Weekly.



Amy has been sewing since she was a teenager, but 'got serious' about making her own clothes at the end of 2010. She is starting to learn about balancing sewing and blogging with the rest of her life.


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  1. Adorable fabric. Like how you simplified the Truffle dress.

  2. Oh I love that this was originally the truffle dress. Great mods! I’ll have to keep that in mind when I try it. And I love the print!

  3. It’s so cute! You’ll look smashing at the beach this summer. There are many brave sewers this week who bare the cold, just to share with us. You’re an inspiration. Thank you!

  4. Fabulous and looks great layered up, thanks for braving the cold.

  5. I’m really enjoying how good summery dresses look when partnered with a cute cardi, tights and a great pair of boots. Lovely dress and great styling.

  6. Just stunning! The silhouette is gorgeous and the pattern seems to pop! Well done on battling the chill for the photos :D

  7. This dress is adorable! I love that print!

  8. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments – I feel a bit wimpish moaning about the cold now, it was only for a few minutes!