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Hello “summer of 69” ….

When Compagnie first released the Louisa dress pattern, I love it so much I bought it straight away but then things got busy and I never got round to sewing it, until now. Yes I know, what was I waiting for?

However, let’s not dwell on that, the important thing is that I finally made one and love it so much, a second one is already on its way.

What I really like about this is its 60’s aline shape and the fun and practical front pocket so I wanted to create something that reflected that era but also practical for our hot summer down under.

Then the lyric “summer of 69” popped into my head. Yes, of course, the 60’s was an area of stylish aline dresses (which is what the Louisa dress is) and nothing screams summer like a beautiful white dress. So, I searched through my fabric stash and found this beautiful embroidered cut out border voile fabric I bought years ago and presto, this is it. The lightweight fabric is cool to wear, easy to dry (great for our beach outings) and classy for those summer parties.

So to make the dress a little bit more special, I decided to use the embroidered border for both the hemline of the dress and sleeves. Then I add a splash of fun to the dress with some yellow neon lawn stripe piping that I made along with matching buttons for a little bit of sunshine J

So what do you think of my take on the Louisa dress?

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  • Cathie Cindy says:

    I think it is stunning. Love the fabric you chose also. It is always that one piece we hoard for years that is perfect for the job at hand. Makes stashing fabric all the more worthwhile.
    Your style is always so classic and individual. Love your history!

    • thao says:

      Oh i totally agree Cathie, makes for a good excuse to continue hoarding fabrics ;)

  • Lil says:

    What a special dress! Love the detail in the sleeves and hem and wow! What an awesome pop of colour!

  • Danielle says:

    What a beautiful (and practical) dress! I adore the pop of yellow on the pocket and love the story behind the inspiration :)

    • thao says:

      Thanks Danielle and I totally agree it needs to be practical otherwise it’s hard to convince the little one to wear it 😁

  • Leanne Axelsen says:

    What an amazing dress. It’s sheer perfection and beautifully stunning

  • Jane says:

    You are so talented! Really cute dress and so perfect for the hot days on the way. I love the pocket too- perfect for keeping all sorts of summer treasures in. :)

    • thao says:

      Thank you so much Jane. I love the pockets too. She like hiding little treasures in those pockets

  • Compagnie M. says:

    Wow! Looks really original! Well done!

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