Dotty Perkins Ripoff

This is my latest. It’s a Project Runway pattern. It looks easy and probably is but I hadn’t sewn a stitch for three weeks. Things started badly by me smugly not reading the instructions and totally messing up the first toile. It was a sickening shade of orange which probably didn’t help how I felt about things!

See the tricky red topstitching? Mmmm red.

I think I have had that 80’s Ball and Chain zip in the stash for over 20 years!


I got my repro 40’s Fruit Bracelet and my 60’s Fruit earrings (from Mint Condition) out for the photos.

The idea for this dress came from Mena of the Sew Weekly’s “Make this Look” section. She named it the “Indigo Denim Prom Dress”.  The original look was from British Chain Dorothy Perkins.  I loved that dress – but I don’t wear things that short.  Also don’t like pockets in dresses.  And you can bet I never follow instructions on zip insertions – way too difficult.  There are easier ways!

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Can you tell? – I am pretty pleased with it – I think it is one of the best things I have made in a year.  Maybe I need to keep making toiles – instead of just winging it.  My patience will be tested again.


20 thoughts on “Dotty Perkins Ripoff

  1. The temptation to avoid the toile is always a biggie! But of course it was worth it…. what a gorgeous dress. I would never have imagined it in denim and I love the sash tied at that point.

  2. Ok, this is just sooo much more fun than the pattern cover- it’s so twee/meh on the cover- I worried tht it was too lamby for my little mutton chops to sport- I love yours!

    • Thanks Diana, I could never what those guys do – they are all incredible – working under such time constraints – and with such cattiness – that would be just awful – but that is what the fashion world is like – it gets ugly – glad it’s just me and a supportive online community now! Much nicer!

  3. This is so beautiful – the tie front is gorgeous. You look stunning in it. I would love this dress in red! I seriously have to do some more sewing. My Bec is doing textiles this year (yr 12)… so am happy to browse beautiful fabrics with her !

    • Thanks Melissa, it could be beautiful in red – maybe even a red silk for a more formal look. How nice you get to help Bec – if she needs help choosing fabric I’d love to help her – can I borrow your daughter!

    • Thanks, how funny another red addict – cool. It’s a great bracelet – pity is is falling apart – it’s so home-made looking – wired together by a three year old (but it wasn’t!).

  4. What a great dress – I love it, so stylish!

    I have this pattern but found the sizing a tad surprising when I tried to make a muslin, and I have to admit I then just gave up on it. Evidently I shouldn’t have 🙂 and I may now have to go back and try again. Thanks!

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