The war of the roses

I love roses – big, blousey roses – and especially the kind that grow all over verandahs. A couple of years ago, inspired by a house on the main street of Greytown, I planted roses around our verandah and this year they’re flowering in abundance.

When I’m op-shopping I find it really hard to go past anything with a rose on it. So when I found some vintage-looking rose fabric on Trade Me months ago I knew it was for me – and that I should save it and make it into a dress to wear to my cousin Katherine’s wedding.

The wedding is next weekend so I got onto it yesterday. Any normal person would figure out how to make a dress, create a pattern and use that over and over again. Not me – every single dress I make is a battle. Usually because I like the top to be really fitted and the skirt to be full without looking too frou frou. After a very long battle this weekend – and many pin scratches down my arms – I have prevailed.

I’ll have to iron the pleats down well and am not quite sure about the styling yet but feel I’ve made a pretty great dress for what should be the garden party of the year.

The bodice is super fitted - and the length of the dress is just below my knee.

This is the back of the shoulder - I added a fold-over detail.

Detail

If anyone has any styling tips let me know. The dress looks surprisingly good with my red skinny belt so it might be that and a fitted cardigan… but I have no idea what shoes to wear.

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13 Responses to The war of the roses

  1. Nice job! It looks great! Can’t wait to see you rocking it sometime…

  2. atticusfinch says:

    emma, you clever girl!
    this looks like a beautiful boutique dress.
    i really like the way the smaller bouquets line up down the front.
    and the fabric is divine… well done!

  3. Gemma says:

    I love it. Ballet flats in electric blue would bring out the blue in the flowers. Ghastly #1 shoe warehouse have them. I know. I own a pair.

  4. ana b. says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous you clever girl. As to the shoes, I’d go with some grey or nude peeptoes/wedges. Or if you’re feeling matchy matchy, maybe some red shoes to match the belt? The Jackie O in me loves to match my shoes to my accesories 😉

    • tomandemma says:

      I’m not usually a fan of matchy-matchy but since the dress is so vintage maybe I will… and it’ll be flats for me because I can’t wear heels! Thanks heaps for your suggestions – I was hoping you’d write in.

  5. Tinker says:

    Great fabric – gorgeous dress! Yes, I think ballet flats and a cardi – perfect.

  6. I agree- ballet flats (electric blue is always a winner! Mine are from the Warehouse), a thin belt and a cardi. If you’re feeling fancy, a headband with a pretty flower on it would truly seal the deal : )

  7. suminhorto says:

    Beautiful! Just beautiful 🙂

  8. melissa says:

    nice job emma! i’ve been wanting to make a dress like that for ages. i really love roses too.
    yep- ballet flats, belt and hairband. all set! (let me know if you feel like having a drink when you’re in nel-town?)

  9. […] Here’s my last dress that I made to wear to a wedding. And here’s me wearing it. Like this:LikeBe the first to like this. […]

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