Fantastic Flora

Sorry it’s been a while but I’m back with a cheeky festive party dress.

This is my last Minerva Blogger make of the year and I’ll be taking a break for a while so I can focus on sewing from my ever growing stash!

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This is the Flora dress from By Hand London. I’m really pleased Minerva have started stocking BHL patterns.

I wanted to take on the Flora dress but make it my own, so I decided it needed scallops!

My indecision over the pattern was over the high-lo hem. I’m really not sure that trend and I will ever be friends.

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But when I saw this wine coloured stretch cotton fabric I had an instant idea for some scalloped goodness.

It’s pretty much like cotton sateen but with a duller shine. It feels and looks richer than its price tag but gosh does it attract fluff.

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So I made a few adjustments to the pattern, I rotated out the front bust darts into the waist and in the end I decided a gathered skirt would be easier to scallop rather than the circle skirt.

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I used the adjustable scallop stitch on my machine along with lots and lots of measuring to achieve the right number along the bodice front and back, plus I self-lined the bodice and used a hem facing to make the scallops as clean as possible.

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The dress was worn to my work Christmas party with matching satin shoes, gold jewellry and big curly hair. It went down a treat!

The perfect party dress.

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28 Comments

  1. So pretty pretty pretty – the colour, the mods you made, the scallops and you look so lovely in the last pic! Smashing frock.

    1. Ooh well its a scallop/curved stitch but you can made the length and depth of the scallop whatever you want — for tiny neat scallops or big pronounced curves

  2. Amazing! I never knew you could get a scallop machine stitch! Lovely colour choice too, especially for a Christmas outfit 🙂

  3. One of the best blogged Flora to date. This colour works wonderfully with your complexion. You must have received tons of compliments during the party.

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