The “Hello Sunshine” Dress

The Facts

Fabric: Lilac Liberty Capel Cotton Lawn and white silk/cotton for lining (both from my stash)

Pattern: Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 2250

Year: 2011

Notions: Zip & a grey silk ribbon from my stash to tie round my waist

Time to complete: 7 hours

First worn: I’ve only put it on for the photos – It’s definitely not warm enough yet!

Wear again? Yes, probably

Total price: ~£20

Don’t let my smile and summery dress fool you into thinking that it was pretty warm when I took these pictures! I was freezing! It most definitely is winter over here in the UK and we are experiencing Siberian temperatures…. I shouldn’t really complain though, it’s not like I am posing in a bikini in the middle of snow like Mary! Incredible!


After coming home last weekend from a short weekend trip to Paris with my mum, I was absolutely knackered! I literally had no energy to do anything. Weird how travelling does that to you sometimes? Thankfully I had already cut this dress out last summer and then put it to one side as I ran out of time before Autumn started (Does anyone else cut more than a few things out at once to save time??). One of the reasons I put this dress off at the time is that I normally need an FBA and the bodice consists of some complicated pieces that are beyond my level to alter. So to avoid having to alter it, I opted for a larger size on top, then made it up and checked the fit as I went along. It seems ok so far! Although, I will definitely not be wearing this dress again any time soon….

I’m sure I could have made this dress quicker except I kept getting distracted watching a new TV series called Borgen – it’s a Danish political drama series and it’s subtitled, so I kept having to stop and read!



Handmade By Freya

Freya caught the sewing bug a couple of years ago and is now pattern and fabric obsessed! She desperately needs to commit to making things weekly as her fabric stash is out of control.


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  1. Cute and sunshiney – it will be great when the weather warms up.

  2. Trying to sew and read subtitles never works for me either. But, I still keep trying multitask that way. Like the ribbon sash, by the way.