Bunny Agnes Dress


You know the kind of project that's troublesome from start to finish, through no particular fault of its own? Well, this delightful make was one of them, to the point of embarassment. I was approached by My Fabrics 7 months ago (!!!) with an offer of free fabric in exchange for a review. I predictably pounced on some of their seriously awesome bunny-print jersey, yet I only finished this simple dress last month! 




Why did it take me so long to finish this dress? For all the reasons! 

I had overcommitted at the time, so this project went on the back burner for way too long. Eventually, I settled on a summery dress pattern, cut it all out and got busy sewing. But as the bodice came together, I really wasn't liking it and I couldn't bare the idea of not loving my bunny print dress. So I decided to start again and turned to my Tilly and the Buttons Agnes pattern for inspiration. Luckily I'd ordered 3 metres of thefabric so I managed to cut a circle skirt (using my Bluegingerdoll Violet pattern) from the leftover fabric and squeezed out my new bodice and sleeves from the old skirt pieces. I thought I was plain sailing, but ended up encountering the most frustrating issues with the sleeve elastic. At that point I almost gave up, but I didn't want to disappoint My Fabrics or waste such cool fabric. So I powered through and I'm glad I did. 




I'm still not 100% happy with this make, mainly because the front neckline gapes. I'm really annoyed about this, but it hasn't stopped me from wearing it and Claire has suggested a clever fix which I'll be testing out imminently. Also, my sleeve ruching is far from perfect as my stupid elastic kept twisting. I tried unpicking, but that left holes in my fabric, so I settled for less than in the end!



Have you ever made something you love wearing, regardless of its imperfections? To make amends I've just ordered another couple of metres of the bunny-print jersey!

35 comments:

  1. Who doesn't love a bunny in a hat? The dress looks great and no one will notice any faults because Bunnies.

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    1. Thanks Connie...bunnies win every time! :o)

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  2. I can see why you persevered with this, the fabric is fab, a real 'conversation' piece, I have plants of imperfect makes that I wear regardless, it's the unflattering ones that I still wear, that perplex me more...

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    1. Haha! Well, it's a shame to go to all the effort and not wear what we make I guess...even if they're not perfect!

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  3. Very often I have worned clothes that were not perfect. When no body can see the little defect 3-7 feet away from us, my friend Kay declares the garment perfect... and usually nicer than RTW. The print is adorable and your dress 100% lovely !

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    1. I think you and your friend are right! We can be far too critical of our makes, but usually it's only use who spots the 'defects'!

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  4. The bunnies are so cute. I used the same fabric for a t-shirt.

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  5. That fabric needed to be preserved! It's so cute. The dress looks beautiful. I would never have been able to guess that it gave you such a hard time, it came together beautifully in the end.

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    1. Thanks so much Michelle, so pleased you think so :o)

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  6. What a fabulous dress. I think that it looks great on and I am glad that you finished it so I could see that fabric. The bunnies are absolutely adorable. Xx

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    1. Aaaw, thank you! You're too kind!

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  7. I agree with Anne-Marie above - if you can't see the problem from a foot or less, it should be declared perfect! And - bunnies! Such a cute print, moderated by the lovely grey background. Glad you persevered with it!

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    1. Thank you, I think you're all right!

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  8. OMG I sat next to you for hours and the whole time, like an idiot, I thought they were adorable dogs! Bunnies makes so much more sense!! Ha ha! I love this dress on you. :D

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    1. Bwhahahaha...hilarious comment Tasha! Dogs...bunnies...both cute so no problem there :o)

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  9. That fabric and that design are so so so marvelous together!!! Bravo for pushing through and making it work :)

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  10. Cute! SSB. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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  11. Marieeee!!! This is so goddammned adorable as are you! I just got my hands on the Agnes top so I will be coming to you for adviceI get to the sleeves! x

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    1. Thanks so much Janene! If you come to me for advice, I can tell you what not to do, that's for sure ;o)

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  12. Yummy bunny! That is great. I have made my last item for the vintage pledge. I will post soon and drop a link on here so that it can go on the pinterest boards. Hope you are well. Jo x

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    1. Thanks Jo! Can't wait to see what you've made for #vintagepledge!

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  13. Oh man, it can be so hard to sew something up when it seems like the world is against you. And by world, I mean when mistakes on mistakes keep piling up for whatever reason. It's funny how everything can go so smoothly for one make and be a complete nightmare for another! Anyway, your dress turned out beautifully and I hope it gets some wear! That fabric makes me smile!

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    1. Thanks Erin! And yes, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to why some projects go wrong, but I guess we learn a lot whilst trying to fix them!

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  14. I remembered I created a DIY for your homedress that I wanted to sit just exactly below the knee. I even carefully selected the material and print for that project so it was really a “no failure” kind of project. Unluckily for me, the dress finished a bit too short, it was about 2 inches above the knee. But I just so love the pattern and the print I keep wearing it. I get a lot of compliments when I wear that dress but I knew deep inside that it was a failed project.

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    1. I'm so glad you wear it regardless, all that's important is that it makes you happy to do so :o)

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  15. Love the fabric & looks great on you I wear things I'm not 100% happy with as after all no one else knows it's not exactly as you wanted it!

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  16. I love bunnies and I love your dress. Gorgeous! I think you notice the little faults because you know there are there, but no one else will do!
    (I think I need some cute bunny fabric now, hehe)

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    1. Thank you, very kind words indeed :o)

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  17. This is so dang adorable! I'm glad you were able to salvage it. No one would know that you struggled with this at all!

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  18. I love this fabric so much l tracked down a blue version and just ordered it for an Easter dress!

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