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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


(28) Comments

  1. What a great color on you and I’m loving your scalloped edges. They look pretty and really match the dress design well 🙂

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks so much! I do love red, especially at Christmas

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

    1. almondrock says:

      Awww thank you! It turned out better than I hoped so my maths can’t be as bad as I thought

  3. This looks amazing – Flora is a great party dress design and the colour really works on you!


    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks so much! I had my colours done once. Apparently jewel tones are my friends so I’m very happy with this Ruby red

  4. Gorgeous Amy! Looks like the bodice fits you perfectly 🙂 And you machine has an adjustable scallop stitch?! What is that?!

    1. almondrock says:

      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

  5. How cute are you?! What a great color!

  6. What a gorgeous dress! Your design really suits you and the colour’s amazing for a party dress 🙂

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

  8. That machine scallop stitch is so fancy! I WANT! Dammit, should have asked for a new sewing machine for christmas 🙂

  9. Very pretty. Scallops make the dress special

  10. Great party dress:) I’m hoping to make a Flora for Christmas too, presents to make first though…

  11. Truely a perfect party dress, the colour, the texture, the shape and those scallops. Inspired.

  12. You look gorgeous in this! Happy christmas.

  13. Hélène says:

    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.

  14. I love the addition of the scalloped edges, what a simple but brilliant idea. Definitely the perfect party dress. Happy Christmas! x

  15. I LOVE the scallops, they’re fantastic! What a great idea.

  16. There is such a thing as a scallop stitch? I want that!!! Beautiful, beautiful dress. I love it.

  17. Very pretty! I love the scalloped trim!

  18. You look gorgeous!!

  19. Gorgeous party dress and great idea with the scallops. Merry Christmas!

  20. Beautiful dress! I love the scallops, and they are so neatly done. Just in time for the festive activities 🙂

  21. Very pretty and nice work on the scallops, really makes it a special dress 🙂

  22. Amy you look lovely, especially the last photo, your hair suits you curly x

  23. I Meant the scalloping in this dress 😀 absolutely stunning!

  24. […] this is because the Tilda cotton isn’t wide enough for a circle skirt. Also if you read my original blog post I changed the bodice to waist darts only. Finally I lined the entire dress in peach anti-static […]

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