Once Upon A Time...

Wednesday, 2 May 2012


...There was a girl named Alex. She found a rather amazing Beatrix Potter duvet cover (originally a curtain from the looks of things) in a charity shop. She wanted to make it into a frock but alas she was scared of patterns.  Weirdly, hopelessly scared of them.  All those lines and little triangles and baffling instructions that went along the lines of "on wrong side, pin one piece of seam binding to each back section, centering over lower large circle" made her head boggle.  Luckily she had a fairy godmother to call on in the form of Char.

Two days filled with much honking (don't ask), much removing Oscar from his new favourite sleeping spot on top of the pattern pieces, much letting out of the side seams on the frock when it turned out not to fit over Alex's arse, much patient explaining on Char's part, a LOT of coffee and cake and, lo and behold! A frock was created!




And she lived happily ever after with it, safe in the knowledge that it fitted better and looked less wrinkled in real life than in the photos, and also that she could sort of sew a little now.  But patterns still made her a bit boggly.



Jemima Puddleduck under the boobs.

Mrs Tiggywinkle and Peter Rabbit on the skirt

and an unidentified mouse.  There are also some guinea pigs on there.  Not quite sure why. 

Frock - handmade
Cardi - Gap (was originally about 6 inches longer but someone put it in the tumble dryer)
Shoes - New Look
"Once Upon A Time" Ring - MerCurios
Necklace - Accessorize

36 comments:

  1. SQUEE! I love it! How sweet of Char to help you out!XXX

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  2. Absolutely love it Alex! Rather jealous actually. Love your ring too :)

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  3. That TOTALLY rocks!! I am so jealous. I would buy that instantly if it was in a shop. xxxxxx

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  4. I love this!!!!
    Fun fact: When I was little, I used to want to be Beatrix Potter when I grew up.
    I actually squeaked a little when I saw this, it's amazing!!!!

    xo

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  5. That's fantastic. I want one.

    C
    xxx

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  6. Wow this is amazing!! So glad you turned it into a dress, it's a beauty, and quite unique :D Ah I used to love Jemima Puddleduck x

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  7. You made a dress! You're a proper stitchy type now, how cool! And totally unique. Genius!

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  8. It looks brilliant, what a piece. I do love it!

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  9. Oh my I love it to bits. You lucky thing to have found such a fab thing and then so clever to have turned it into something to wear.
    Is the mouse Hunca Munca?
    Lisa x

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  10. I love it, it's fantastic! And well done you on making it.

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  11. Well done that looks amazing! xxx

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  12. That. Dress. Is. AWESOME! Xo

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  13. It looks wonderful! You cleverstick! Chars' sewing lessons are paying dividends, aren't they?
    You two shoud be well chuffed with yourselves!
    Z xx

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  14. OOoooh, how clever and how charming!!! Now can we see a closeup and see what the arms are like and a clever view of the neckline please (not at ALL demanding,moi!)

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  15. It's bloody brilliant, Alex. Are you SURE they're guinea pigs? xx

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  16. This is absolutely brilliant! My guess is that the guinea pigs are from "Appley Dappley's Nursery Rhymes," one of which is about a guinea pig in a periwig.

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  17. I hate commercial patterns, don't get em at all. I tend to make things I know how to! :)

    Love that dress and the patterns, great fabric score!

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  18. Oh Alex, I had that duvet cover when I was a kid, lovely. Nice skirt too BTW.

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  19. You won't believe how much I love this dress, but you probably already guessed that! Fab creation and well done to both you and Char on the dressmaking xxx

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  20. HONK!
    It looks wonderful - I'm so proud of your new dressmaking expertise! :D

    HONK! HONK!

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  21. That dress is amazing! I completely adore it!

    dpx

    www.inanityandthegirl.com

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  22. Oh that is so amazing! What a fabulous friend to make you such a fabulous dress. I love it.

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  23. That is completely completely amazing! Well done!! And well done Char for helping =)
    xx
    emsipop.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. It's fantastic you clever things! I have a paddington bear curtain, but I'm sure it would not make as effective a dress as a Beatrix Potter pattern does.
    Kandi x

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  25. Is the mouse Mrs Tittlemouse?
    Well done, I'm impressed! xx

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  26. What a brilliant remake and how fab is it to have a talented pal like Char on hand to help you out? It looks fantastic on, such pretty colours for Spring (if we ever have one). xxx

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  27. tehehe! I am so glad that someone out there has got some Beatrix potter clothing that isn't 4 years old!!!! I made a quilt into a billowing maxi skirt for summer, i get some mixed looks from people but generally good comments. I think im going to make the remanents into a matching bag.... Fantastic Dress xx

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  28. Oh God that's the best. dress. ever! Yay! Well done Alex & Char! xx

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  29. And what fantastic dress it makes too. Well done Char for the making of it and Alex for the vision of what it could be.

    X x

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  30. Beatrix Potter; SO IMPRESSED!

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  31. Awesome sewing Char and awesome taste Alex! :)

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  32. That is amazing!!
    Well done you. I wouldn't know where to start.
    x

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  33. That is so bloody cool! Loving the Potter vintagy-ness and upcycling. Nice one! :)

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  34. Tights and those shoes are just lustworthy they really really are! What an adorable outfit! Beatrix Potter! How very British of you. Certainly give Renee Z a run for her money! Simply Lovely.

    Gemma x

    http://www.gemmasatire.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. That dress is utterly amazing! What a fabulous idea.

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