Peacock Dress

We had a family christening today, always a lovely day and today we were blessed with beautiful weather too. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been making myself a new dress.

I chose some gorgeous soft cotton from my stash, I’m pretty sure I bought it from Maggie Tuite on facebook, it feels as beautiful as it looks. I was actually looking at the inside when I pulled it from my stash, thinking that’s a pretty muted design…then I opened it up and thought Wow! I fell in love with it all over again! It’s lightweight whilst retaining a little body so it’s lovely to sew too. It also goes nicely with a linen coat I made a couple of years ago.

Having lost weight this year (1.5 stone award this week woo-hoo! -21lb) I tried on some of my older dresses and found Mccalls 6696 fitted me nicely again. This will be the third time I’ve made this dress and I still love it. Here’s the other two from 2017…

I had about 3.5m of fabric which would have been sufficient had I been making it below knee length as per pattern, however I do like my skirts long, so I was adding 10″ to the skirt pieces, talk about juggling pieces, I literally had a small pile of scraps at the end! The yoke and the waistband are lined with lining fabric and I could only fit everything on with reasonable pattern matching if the everything was cut out across the fabric rather than than down, luckily the feather pattern still worked that way, in fact I think I prefer it that way. The only piece I had to put the other way was the front band, luckily I don’t think it shows too much.

It went together nicely, my machine even managed fourteen buttonholes without too much complaining. The buttons came from my stash too, I actually had 13 which went beautifully and I found one which was very similar which is on the waistband so it’s not really noticeable.

…and yes it has pockets! I do like a dress with pockets! I love this dress, the fabric feels lovely to wear and I love the way it has worked out. It’s my new favourite dress! I think I might be making another one soon 🙂

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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23 Responses to Peacock Dress

  1. Carmie Anderson says:

    Love your dress thinking about making myself a dress. I love the look of the “house dresses” from many years ago.

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    That is a fabulous silhouette for you, and congrats on the weight loss, which I have learned the hard way, is much more difficult after menopause. You are looking wonderful and that color is fabulous for you!

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  3. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Beautiful fabric and great style for you, Margaret – congratulations on it, and your weight loss!

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  4. tialys says:

    A lovely outfit all round Margaret. Perhaps we’ll see some peacock scraps on a future scraphappy day 😉

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  5. Ellen T says:

    It is lovely & so good on you & the coat….perfect….
    loving the peacock fabric & esp. the color!

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  6. claire93 says:

    that’s gorgeous fabric and a lovely dress. I have a question though (feel free to tell me to mind my own business) . . . don’t you ever fancy wearing something a bit shorter? Not mini or anything too shrt, just below knee length, for the summer.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Claire, I think I’ve always worn mainly longer skirts, I have the occasional knee length one and mid calf is probably a bit more practical than this one, I’ve never been that keen on my legs either, knobbly knees and chubby calves 😀 They’re usually pasty white too because they don’t get any sun so it becomes self perpetuating 🙂


  7. Jane M says:

    The fabric is amazing and your dress looks fabulous.

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  8. katechiconi says:

    Lovely fabric! I don’t believe there’s only one way to use a fabric, and if it works across as well as down, then I’d be doing exactly the same. I’ve also been known to piece sections in to make things work, and it can work pretty well, especially with a busy pattern, so long as you stay on the same grain.


  9. nanacathy2 says:

    Congratulations on the weight loss, no mean feat. I really love your dress, perfect for the Christening. You look fabulous. I’m with you on longer lengths too, more flattering, and I love the swoosh !


  10. Laura says:

    Beautiful fabric and you look terrific, Margaret! Congrats on the weight loss, too! That is not easy to do! 🙂


  11. Amo says:

    Gorgeous fabric and great use of it.


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