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Designer Inspired \\ Kate Spade flamingo birthday dress

DIY Kate Spade flamingo dress - Tilly and the Buttons Megan dress pattern

I made this dress to wear for my birthday party a couple of weeks aho. For the last couple of years I've worn my DIY flamingo suit for my birthday, but thought it was time for an update. I saw this Kate Spade flamingo-print dress and fell in love with it, but at £295 there was no way I could afford it, so I thought I'd make my own!

DIY Kate Spade flamingo dress - Tilly and the Buttons Megan dress pattern

The flamingo fabric is actually upholstery fabric that I found on eBay, (upholstery and curtain fabrics are great for larger-scale prints,) and the pattern is the Megan dress from Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes.

DIY Kate Spade flamingo dress - Tilly and the Buttons Megan dress pattern

I didn't make a toile, so the few alterations I made to the pattern I did as I was sewing it, including dropping the bust darts, lengthening the bodice, slimming the skirt in a little at the sides to match the Kate Spade dress and adding two darts on the back neck, as I always have issues with excess fabric there. I really like the shape of this dress, but I'm going to make a toile and work out the remaining fit issues I have. You can see from the pictures it's a little tight around the arms and I need to do a sway-back adjustment to remove the bunching around the lower back.

DIY Kate Spade flamingo dress - Tilly and the Buttons Megan dress pattern

I decided to put in a lapped zip instead of the invisible zip the pattern calls for, as I wanted to try a new technique for sewing in the neckline facing at the same time as the zip for a neat finish (although I forgot to bind the edges of the facing first!) The seams are either french seams or finished with this amazing gold bias binding - I love a fun bias bound seam!

DIY Kate Spade flamingo dress - Tilly and the Buttons Megan dress pattern
Shoes - Red Valentino via TK Maxx

Fritha Louise

5 comments

  1. Oh my goodness, this is absolutely ADORABLE!!!

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  2. i like your dress WAY better than the inspiration dress! Is this fabric comfortable to wear even though it is upholstery weight?

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    1. Yes, it's not a heavyweight upholstery fabric (in fact i could have done with interfacing or underlining it!) so it's not uncomfortable at all.

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  3. This is beautiful, perfect for birthday fun times!

    Maria xxx

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  4. This is so cute!Adorable :)
    xo
    http://natbeesfashion.blogspot.com

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