Ombre Zeena Dress

OH HAI STRANGERS. I took an accidental hiatus over the past 10 days and have come back with a bit of a blog re-design. Do you like it? I was getting a bit bored of the old look so I designed myself a new logo and gave everything a fresh coat of (white) paint. I do love that I have the knowledge to do that kind of thing myself – who knew random university modules would actually come in handy! I’m feeling refreshed and revitalised and I’m jumping back in with a very recent make. In June, By Hand London released their latest pattern and I couldn’t wait to make it. Funnily enough on the day that it was released I also managed to nab a few metres of ombre fabric which I’ve been after for a while. To say the two were a match made in heaven is putting it lightly. After a few sessions of sewing, I have my very own ombre Zeena dress.

by hand london zeena dress ombre

If you could see my face right now, it would be a big heart eyes emoji. Now I’m definitely stepping out of my comfort zone with this make in terms of style. I very rarely wear colour, and when I do it’s usually still quite dark tones. That’s what I’m comfortable in every day but I liked the look of this pink ombre fabric so much that I threw caution to the wind and I’m so glad I did! It’s so pink and girlie that Ian did a double take when I flounced in wearing it. I think this fabric is perfect for the Zeena dress pattern as it has a lovely drape on its own which fits in with the relaxed fit of the dress.

by hand london zeena dress ombre

Speaking of the pattern, I had basically no problems putting it all together. there was 1 MASSIVE human error though… I forgot to do a full bust adjustment! I was so excited to made the damn thing that I totally forgot about altering the pattern and cut straight into my fabric. I could have kicked myself and I won’t lie, there were some frustrated tears because I also realised I didn’t have enough fabric left to re-cut it with the ombre going the right way. After I calmed down I had another look at some of the scraps and there was enough left to make 2 panels to insert into the back of the bodice before the zip. It’s not an ideal fix considering that in my haze of tears I cut the strips unevenly -_- but at least the damn thing fits me in the boobage area. Also I’m giving myself a 9/10 and a pat on the back for that invisible zip.

by hand london zeena dress ombre invisible zip

I also think I need to shorten the back by about 1 inch as there’s a fair bit of fabric pooling at the bottom. Is there an actual name for this? Answers on a postcard please ๐Ÿ™‚ The skirt was absolutely fine but I did end up tapering the seams to take some of the fullness out of the skirt as it was a bit too poofy for my liking. Speaking of seams, I actually underlined the whole dress with anti-static lining because the shell fabric wasn’t quite opaque. It was an extra bit of work but at least all of my seams are finished which is a nice change from my usual once over with the pinking shears.

When I first seen this frock in my head I wanted the ombre to work it’s way seamlessly down the dress but I just couldn’t get it to work out. I was left with an inconsistency between the bodice and skirt which started to bug me so I decided to hide it with a bow belt. I mean if this dress wasn’t already girlie enough sticking a bow belt on it definitely set it over the edge. I’m calling it toddler chic.

by hand london zeena dress ombre bow belt tilly and the buttons

I had a quick scan over the tutorial from Tilly and the Buttons and set to work. 20 minutes later I had a fully-functional bow belt. I was going to fasten it as recommended but I really hate snaps so at the last gasp I opened up the side seams and poked it in there. That way I don’t have to worry about fastening it (or it popping open) but I still have the look of a belt – best of both worlds.

I can’t say it’s something I’ll wear every single day but I smile every time I see it hanging in my wardrobe. Maybe there’s some colour in my soul after all!


Published by boldlygold

I am a Marketing professional by day and a nifty crafter and DIY'er by night. Join me as I indulge in all of my (many) past times!

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  1. good workarounds ๐Ÿ™‚
    regarding your back, it may be you need a swayback adjustment or, more likely, that the back bodice is too long compared to the front bodic, since doing an FBA would have added more length to the front.

    1. Oh thanks for the tip! I’ll look into that swayback adjustment as I find this happens quite a lot even with garments that I’ve done a FBA on!

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