The Jackson Pollock splodge dress

I just finished a pretty little number.


The fabric is a Liberty tana lawn called “Melly”. You might recognise it from Elise’s tulip sleeved peplum blouse.

It’s a bit of a sad little tale really. I wanted so desperately to pair this lovely fabric with some black shiny buttons and decided the Deer and Doe Sureau would work excellently. I was also going to add black contract bands of ribbon to the skirt and sleeve hems.

But in my eagerness to press ahead I didn’t realise that the waist measurements I’d used to grade my pattern weren’t quite right. Curse you, biscuits!Β I ended up with about 5/8 ” of a gap where the side seam wouldn’t meet (*shakes head in horror*) and there was not enough seam allowance to let it out.

I had a good half metre of the Melly cotton left so I thought I might be able to squeeze something out of that but the Sureau pattern pieces were just too big. Instead I turned to my trusty Simplicity 2444.


The pattern pieces fortunately fit on the remaining fabric and I cut cap sleeves out of the Sureau full sleeves, that had been rendered useless. I kept the Sureau skirt which is a bit slimmer cut when you compare to my previous 2444s.


I love how from a distance this fabric looks so delicate, almost floral but up close the paint splatter effect is brilliant. I feel like a walking Jackson Pollock painting.

The sleeves made this version feel quite different to my other Simplicity 2444 dresses (I’m pretty sure this will be my last for a while now though). But as I’m sure you’ve noticed I took them off. They were a teeny bit too tight for all the dancing I was planning!

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Only the skirt is lined this time, in a bright blue polyester and I inserted a side zip to give myself a new challenge. This may be my best “centred” zip insertion to date; I think this is due to me marking out in air-erasable pen where to sew rather than following the grain of the zipper alone.


Do you think the dress lacks a bit of punch? It made me feel sad that I ended up having to make a different dress to the one I had in my head but overall I’m happy.

I wore the dress to my friend’s wedding at Chevin Country Park near Otley, paired with red satin ballet flats, a fabulously gaudy silver necklace that forms a big knot, a matching silver handbag and since it is November, a black wool cardigan. Plus curls, because y’know they’re muchos fun! I think I possibly should have also worn a belt to supply some contrast. I made a black bow belt but it came out looking too twee and didn’t have a bought belt that fit the bill.


So there you go! My last Simplicity 2444 for a while. I should probably hide the pattern from myself right?

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  1. I think it’s lovely – sometimes its nice to have a plainer dress because you can wear accessories without overwhelming the dress. Nice job! Pretty fabric. Lovely curls πŸ™‚

  2. Aww you look so glam in it. I think the fabric pattern match are great (even though your second choice). And thanks for introducing me to Elise’s blog… always good to add another one to the follow list!

  3. YOU are a pretty little number in this and it’s not at all a sad tale! How can a sad tale have such a beautiful ending…this dress is so lovely! Enjoy it for what it is and you’ll find another suitable fabric for your original plans before you know it ;o)

  4. This is so cute and not sad at all! We’ve all been there and made silly drafting errors (or worse, the time when I just didn’t bother checking my measurements and didn’t realize I’d added 1.5″ to my waistline over the winter, so the garment was impossible to zip up!). This dress is really cute and I bet you’ll find you wear it to work and out and about all the time!

  5. I Luuuurve that fabric… so sorry to hear the original dress plans didn’t quite work out though! This is still one seriously gorgeous casual dress – 2444 seems to be a blogger favourite πŸ™‚

  6. You look hot!!

    I may have to take some responsibility re the sureau for being such a newbie and cutting out the pattern so that you had to grade it, sorry!

    1. Bah nonsense lady. I laid my belladone over the top and graded out following the side seam but forgot the darts are different sizes and there’s the centre front to contend with. All due to my rubbish maths! πŸ™‚

  7. Just come across this (had meant to look at Christmas stocking) I’ve got some really similar fabric to this and saving it for a simple pattern, maybe this is the one I should buy!

    1. Your navy floral version is gorgeous! The tortoises made me smile too. Glad to hear you’ve gotten back into sewing. Look forward to seeing more from you!

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