If there’s been one thing that’s missing from my wardrobe, it’s a unicorn print dress. Thankfully, that has been righted now.
When I was asked to take part in the #ThatsSewGeorge campaign, where you have to make something craft using bedsheets, blankets, curtains etc from ASDA George, I jumped at the chance.
After making a dress a few weeks ago I was eager to make another one and wanted to try a printed fabric. As soon as I spotted the unicorn print duvet set, my mind was made up. With unicorns on one side and polka dot on the other, I knew it would be perfect for the Lilou dress pattern I had in mind as it needed a lining.
I spotted the Lilou pattern from Love At First Stitch by Tilly Walnes; I’d had my eye on it since I started dressmaking and first picked the book up, and I finally felt confident enough to try it.
It wasn’t as hard as I expected it to be. It took about 11 hours to complete, and I learned a couple of new skills: putting pleats in, and understitching.
Once again, Tilly’s instructions were great and none of it felt daunting. I’ve said it before, but if you’re thinking about taking up dressmaking, I cannot recommend her book enough.
The finished dress looks great, it fits great, and it’s fun. I mean, I’m definitely going to have to carefully consider the colour of my pants when I wear it, but it’s just so fun. I really like how the lining turned out too.
It still kind of amazes me when I complete these things that they actually fit. I don’t know why, but I always expect to try something on and it will fit awfully.
Making a dress, or garment, from a duvet set might sound a bit weird, but it’s actually a pretty good idea:
- The fabric is soft
- The fabric is pretty hardy – you know you can stick it on a hot wash if you need to and it won’t shrink
- It’s cheaper per metre – this unicorn double duvet set was £12; I would probably only get about 2m for £12 if I bought fabric from a fabric store. There’s loads of fabric left, plus the pillow cases, which I’m plotting to make an iPad cover with.
It’s fun taking something with one purpose and using it for something completely different. There are so many cute print duvet sets, and before now I probably wouldn’t have thought about turning it into a dress, a skirt, or something else, but I’m sure this won’t be the only time I turn a duvet set into something wearable.
If you could make a dress, what pattern would you use?
*I was sent the duvet set as part of the #ThatsSewGeorge campaign.