My first handmade dress

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My first ever handmade dress never got a chance to featured here on the blog. So today, I’m showing you this dress in more detail and how I like to style it!

Outfit details

Dress – Handmade by The petite Cat; Blazer – Handmade by my aunt; Blouse – Zara (old); Boots – Steve Madden (available here)

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Pictures by C.E.

This was my first handmade dress. Many of you have seen it already but I thought it deserved to make it to the blog as well! The pattern is from Burda Easy, a version of Burda Style more appropriate for beginners, or so I thought. I bought it in Dutch and had the hardest time understanding the instructions and modifying the pattern. Some months of hard work where necessary to complete it – this was my second ever project after all. It fits, it’s wearable and had so many challenges on the way that I can only say I’m pleased with how it turned out at the end, despite all the little imperfections. This project really got me scared of patterns, but time and experience help, and I feel I’m ready to make another dress (1,5 years later!). Any suggestions for a friendly pattern?

I like to wear this dress with another handmade piece, one that I have in my wardrobe for at least 10 years. It’s a handmade and self-drafted blazer that my aunt made for me. I loved the buttons (that I remember we picked together) and the fact that it is not too fitted. A truly timeless piece!

I added a sheer blouse with an embellished neckline, ideal for the holidays! I finished the look with my new boots, which are a classy but sensible piece. Because even when rushing for a dinner out all dressed up, I still need to take my bike! ;)

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Xo,

Catia

Cátia

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6 comments

  1. Burda seems to always be hard to follow but especially for beginners. Have you considered Tilly and the buttons or sew over it patterns?

    1. I was having a really hard time because I didn’t know how to alter the patterns. Since I’m resizing them to my measures it is going much better :D I’m also trying some patterns by Tilly and the buttons and I’m loving them so far – really clear instructions, very easy to learn. Haven’t tried Sew Over It yet, but perhaps soon. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Gostaria de ter “coragem” para fazer um vestido para mim, mas acho que tenho consciência do onde me vou meter, por isso, nem me atrevo a isso!
    Muitos parabéns pelo blog, já seguia há algum tempo, principalmente pelo instagram e acho super original o facto de fazer grande parte das roupas! Continuacao de bom trabalho!

    http://www.thebowmommy.com

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