The Handmade Fair Dress


You might have noticed that I quite like to theme my outfits, so when I made plans to attend the Handmade Fair in London this year I obviously had to make a dress and go all out with a sewing inspired look. This spools print from Melody Miller’s new Trinket range for Cotton & Steel caught my eye as the perfect choice for the occasion. I took a few photos of my outfit yesterday as I knew I would be too excited to remember on the day of the fair!


And when Tatty Devine launched their new season collection with a range of gorgeous sewing and craft themed jewellery just in time for the Handmade Fair, how could I resist the sewing machine necklace to finish off my outfit? I intended to save it to wear to the fair for the first time, but I love it so much I’ve worn it almost every day since it arrived. The detail is incredible and the machine is even threaded!


I think this dress looks the most “vintage” of any dress I’ve made so far, in large part due to the colour palette. I’ve always had a bit of a thing for mustard yellow and the pink detail makes an interesting contrast.


Outfit details: Dress made by me in Spools fabric from the Trinket Collection for Cotton & Steel using the Emery dress pattern by Christine Haynes / Sewing Machine Necklace – Tatty Devine / Shoes – Orla Kiely for Clarks (past season)


In deference to the change in seasons, I opted to make an Emery dress with 3/4 length sleeves finished off with a bow for added vintage cuteness. I’ve only made short sleeved or sleeveless Emery dresses before so I shortened the skirt a little to balance out the longer sleeves and I’m very pleased with the overall shape. I expect there will be lots more Autumn/Winter dresses coming up in this style! As usual, I finished it off with an exposed lace zip in a soft shade of cream to complement the warm colours of the dress.


I’ve also finished another Emery dress for a very special event coming up this weekend which I’m hoping to share pictures of in the next few days, so watch this space!

Lucy x


9 thoughts on “The Handmade Fair Dress

  1. Lynsey says:

    I can see why you like it so much, the fabric is amazing! This pattern fits you so well, I didn’t realise it had sleeves, something I need to start considering now it’s getting cooler and windier. The bow is utterly gorgeous too, I’m going to the fair too, very excited!! Hope you have a super time x


  2. Sarah says:

    Very cheeky 😉 but can you do us a little tour of your pretty house please, (or your favourite bits) the bits we glimpse look so beautiful? Thank you. Xx


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