Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Handkerchief hem dress

This dress is not so much inspired by, but totally copied off Janene from Ooobop.  And if you don't follow Janene, then I urge you to, because she is amazing!

I instantly loved this fabulous dress that she made a few months ago, and what's even better is that Janene has given all the details on how she drafted the skirt in the blog post, so all I had to do was follow along.  Thank you!!

My bodice is self-drafted (as is Janene's), but any fitted bodice with a waist seam would work.  I stumbled across a Vogue Sandra Rhodes pattern that is very similar - it's V1547, but it's out of print.

I added pockets to mine. To do this I marked the pocket top down from the point where the skirt waist meets the bodice side seam.

The corners on the hems are mitered, and I am extraordinarily pleased with them.  I used this tutorial from By Hand London. 

All my supplies came from Sew N Sew in Belfast.  The fabric is some purple poly-something I bought a few years ago now, and I bought the ribbon trim and zip just before I made the dress.

I love how the zip turned out!  I sewed it as an exposed zip, then sewed the ribbon trim down both sides and across the bottom.  

Even though I have been wearing this with some of my about 500 (maybe I don't have that many!!) Tilly And The Buttons Agnes tops underneath, the top of the metal zip is a bit cold, so I hand-sewed some more ribbon to the back of the zip to made a zip guard.


I flipping love this dress, and it's been getting plenty of wear with my black tights and boots.

Happy sewing,



  1. Lovely. The details make it even better - the beautiful ribboned zip and neat mitred corners. And I really like the way you have winterized it with the black top and tights. Best wishes for Christmas and hoping we all have a happier new year.

    1. Thank you Elaine! I'm particularly pleased with how the zip turned out. Merry Christmas!!

  2. I love the pretty ribbon around the zip, it is a beautiful addition and makes the dress feel very special!


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