Karen’s denim Millie dress.

Denim Millie Dress

Hi everyone, I’m back on the Bobbins & Buttons blog today to talk to you all about my new Denim Millie Dress.  I made a summer version last year when I pattern tested for Julia. I fell in love with the shape and design.  It has some really lovely features, including wide straps and patch pockets. The style of this dress enables you to be able to colour block and have fun with different designs of fabric. I did this for my summer version.  There is also a top version available within the pattern too.

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

I decided a plain version would be a great addition to my wardrobe. It can be worn with different types of tops and layered up with a cardigan for those cooler days. I really like a pinafore style dress and I feel this dress fits into that category.

The fabric I used is a gorgeous stretch denim fabric that has a lovely weight. It holds the shape of the dress nicely. With that little bit of stretch in the denim it makes the dress very comfortable to wear and move around in.  I love the colour of this denim and it washes and wears really well too.

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Usually I would line a denim dress if I’m planning to wear it with tights to prevent it reeving up. However I just wear a petticoat underneath and this stops that from happening.

The dress is closed at the back with a 22” invisible zip. This is another lovely feature as it enables you to step in and out of the dress without having to put it on over your head – no messy hair!

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

For sizing I made a size 10 at the bust and graded out to a 12 over my hips. I have a pear-shaped figure so this is an alteration I have to make on a regular basis.  My body measurements are B34” W30” H41”.

Since making this dress I have been wearing it non-stop, it’s perfect for everyday wear.  I also think it would be perfect for the office if you were to make it in suitable fabric for work attire.

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

If you would like to see my summer version in action, please head on over to my YouTube channel, Sew Little Time, where I share a review all about this dress.

Happy Sewing!

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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