Tuesday, 7 April 2015

OOTD- The First Dress I Ever Made

As I was looking through the contents of my wardrobe the other day, I stumbled upon a few garments which I have made in the past but not featured on my blog, today I wore the first dress I ever made, which I made aged 14. My Aunt got me the fabric and pattern for my Christmas present that year and, with my mum's help, I made the dress in under a day.
The pattern is Simplicity 'Learn to Sew' number 2241 and is available here. It is a child sized pattern, so not all people will be able to fit into it, but I made the age 14 size and it's still quite roomy.



There isn't any fastening such as a zip, the dress just goes on over your head, meaning it is a looser fit. As I made it about three year ago, I can't remember exactly how clear the instructions were, but I do remember the trickiest part being binding the arm/head holes. 
What I love about this dress is that it goes with everything. I wore it with this H&M striped top (but in white and navy) which, at only £7.99 was a bargain considering how much I have worn it. I also like wearing it over jumpers in winter or with bare arms and sandals in summer. As it's still quite cold, I wore it with some Primark black tights, so I didn't end up chilly. 


It's fairly obvious that the pockets aren't perfectly straight but since it was the first piece of clothing I ever made, I'd say it was quite a good attempt. They are too small to be very functional, except for keeping a shutter release button in between taking outfit photos. 


Me and my sister always get each other a small present for Easter and this year she bought me this necklace with Totoro and Mei on it. I really love Studio Ghibli, especially Totoro (and Wizard Howl <3) The necklace itself is really cute and goes with anything. Incase you're curious as to what I got her it was this chicken egg cup from Wilkinsons.


I also wore my glittery Converse (similar here) which I bought last year in the Schuh sale. Sadly, my blue, bargain Primark boots gave up on me last month, so I can no longer wear them, but luckily I still have these. 
I'm really glad that I decided to continue to learn dressmaking after making my first dress, as I have achieved so much and learnt so many techniques. It really proves that practice makes perfect. 

Hope you had a lovely Easter, if you celebrate it, and a lovely bank holiday if not!

Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x

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  1. It's an adorable dress! I'd love to be able to make my own things.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Aw, thank you! I'm sure you'd be able to, there are lots of courses that teach you how.

      Holly x

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  2. It's amazing that you made this when you were 14 :) I love it!

    Hannah x
    Paloma in Disguise

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    1. Thank you! My mum did a lot of it for me though, haha.

      Holly x

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  3. Omg you made that!? That is absolutely incredible! I really love it, so cute and quirky!

    Neesha | Reinventing Neesha ♥

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    1. Yes, I did! Thank you, I love it too.

      Holly x

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  4. This is super cool! Much better than the first dress I ever made, the pockets on it were awful!
    Love Hayley,
    Water Painted Dreams

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    1. Thank you! I'd been sewing little things for years before making a dress so all of the horrendous things I made came before this dress.

      Holly Olivia x

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  5. You made that? That's incredible! Sooo talented x

    www.lunarlook.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes, haha! I have a few other posts about other garments I've made if you're interested. And thank you!

      Holly Olivia x

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  6. Wonderful look...I like your blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

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    1. Thank you so much! Yeah sure, I'll give your blog a follow via bloglovin :)

      Holly Olivia x

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  7. I love this dress, looks really good on you! Wish I was good at making clothes!

    Bethan Likes

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    1. Thank you- I think it's really cute! I'm sure you could get good at it, it's just practise and patience.

      Holly Olivia x

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  8. That's a nice dress to have made in such a short period of time! I also really like your shoes!

    -M
    www.violetroots.com

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    1. Thank you! I only just remembered about the shoes recently, so finding them again was a nice surprise!

      Holly Olivia x

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  9. Just came across your wonderful blog and I'm really impressed! So lovely :)
    Maybe we can follow each other on GFC , facebook and Bloglovin, if you want? Let me know :)

    Kisses,
    Maria
    http://retrostreetstation.blogspot.de/

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    1. Aw, thank you- that's so nice! Yeah, I'd like that. :)

      Holly Olivia x

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  10. Such a cute dress, I love sewing but I rarely finish my garments. ha. I haven't made anything for myself yet, which I must do at some point this year! Love how you have styled it too.
    Ps. I have nominated you & your lovely blog for The Liebster Award, check out http://unfashionablesundays.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/the-liebster-awards.html
    and let me know if you do it, would love to see your answers. x x

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    1. Thank you. I only ever make clothes for myself because it means I can make things which I wouldn't be able to afford to buy!

      Holly Olivia x

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  11. This is awesome! You're amazingly talented! We wish we had talent to create our own dresses!
    xoxo

    www.glossyfinds.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I like to think that anyone can learn a new skill with practice, so you should have a go :)

      Holly Olivia x

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