Hot! The “Emerald City” Dress

The Facts

Fabric: Teal (?) Taffeta £7.32, Satin Backed Dupion in Sage £5.62 from Abakhan
Pattern: Simplicity 2444
Year: Current pattern
Notions: Invisible zip £1.10, interfacing and thread from stash
Time to complete: About 15ish
First worn: Will be worn 12 Jan for my friends wedding eek!
Wear again? Yes just need a reason!

Total Cost: About £22 but the fabric was Christmas money so I spent a little more

I couldn’t resist the title especially as my last project was Dorothy related.  I started this dress for the ‘Make This Look’ week and set aside my weekend sew it up, then I got a phone call from work as someone had called in sick and my sewing time disappeared.  I ignored the dress for a while feeling disappointed I hadn’t made the deadline then when this challenge came up I went back to it.  I don’t tend to have many UFO’s lying around, I can’t start a new project with something left unfinished but I can just ignore the current project and leave it unfinished.

I really love this dress!  It went together quickly and easily and I like making darts and pleats and this dress has both.  The huge bow was what drew me to the pattern and I actually picked it before thinking about doing Sew Weekly!  I wanted a dress for a wedding I am going to this weekend and being February I didn’t want anything too summery.  Lots of people associate taffeta with ’80’s prom dresses but I *think* I have avoided that look!  My lovely boyfriend helped me pick the fabric colours though the taffeta was described as teal, it is more emerald green to me though it does seem to photograph with less green so I can see why is was listed as teal.  I also love that I can wear it different ways, with the bow at the front or back or with it tied more like a sash.  I think on the day I will tack the bow so that it stays where I want it and doesn’t flop about.  Not the best outdoor pics but I was sliding all over the icy garden in those shoes so had to stand on the mat!



Sarah is an '80's cartoon loving bookworm who wants to break her procrastinating by joining in with Sew Weekly challenges and sewing cute dresses.


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  1. You will be the belle of the wedding, it is lovely

  2. What a gorgeous dress and it suits your shape beautifully.

  3. I love it! Great job :-)

  4. Like the two shades of green. The dress is an adorable silhouette on you.

  5. I usually don’t go for bows, but I love how yours turned out. The contrast fabric was a great idea.

  6. Lovely! Great pattern and fabric choice. You’ll look great at the wedding.

  7. Gorgeous dress! That colour looks great on you, and the bow sets it off wonderfully. :-)

  8. Gorgeous colour fabulous sash.

  9. What an absolutely GORGEOUS dress! It looks stunning and I love the bow. Well done!

  10. gorgeous colour combination and I like the drape of the skirt. Just lovely – sure hope you find more excuses to wear it.

  11. Ooh, so fun and a great color for you!

  12. This is a fantastic color on you!! I adore that Simplicity pattern, especially for the fantastic sash! You look smashing :)

  13. Thank you! I got to wear it to the wedding yesterday and I was very happy with it.