Dress is DIY | shoes are no longer for sale | socks are from markets | bag is old and no longer for sale
I know I say this a lot. But this dress is now my most favourite dress, firstly because I made it and I'm bloody proud of it (it even has top-stitching!), and secondly, because of the fabric! Not only does it feature pretzels, cupcakes and ice-cream (food clothes are probably my favourite kind of clothes at the moment), but I also got the fabric when I was in Japan so it's very, very special! I'm relieved that I didn't stuff it up and waste the fabric, because it was rather irreplaceable.
Buying fabric in Japan was such a... process. I very nearly got too confused and gave up, but Luci and I struggled on with our Japanese and just hoped that we hadn't accidentally ordered 20 metres of the most expensive fabric. The "shop" section of Japanese fabric stores just display small swatches of all the available fabrics (and ohhh boy, they are the prettiest fabrics that you ever did see). You choose one, point it out to a shop attendant, and they cut off a small square of it for you. You then give this small square to the counter, tell them how much you want, and they give you a number. You wait around for 5 minutes and... *SHOOMP!* Your fabric arrives via this complex system of tubes from somewhere way way above or below (we couldn't figure it out) the shop, where all the fabric must be stored. So futuristic.
In case you're wondering how I constructed this dress, it's really similar to how I made the smock dress, except that I made the bodice smaller and more fitted, and attached the bodice to a circle skirt instead of a gathered skirt. Then, I simply used a dress zipper which goes all the way through the bodice and the circle skirt. Easy! (I am planning on doing a youtube tutorial on this exact dress very very soon - hopefully - if that was just confusing, and you want to wait for that!)
UPDATE: If you're looking for how to make this exact dress, then go here to my youtube tutorial!
I hope that you're all having a great day. I'm about to meet up with my friends for a very late-Christmas dinner, which means, of course, pavlova! Yuuuum yum!
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