Tip Top Like Soda Pop! Dress

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Well this might just be the most perfect fabric for me yet – it’s Tip Top Like Soda Pop! As regular readers will know, this was my Michael’s number one catchphrase and something I have used as inspiration for our fundraising line of products to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity: The Michael Barry Fund. So when a very lovely new friend came to visit last week and gave me some of this gorgeous fabric from the Michael Miller Sodalicious range, knowing how perfect it would be for me, I was over the moon.

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Tip Top Like Soda Pop! dress: made by me in Michael Miller Lotsa Pop fabric in Lime from the Sodalicious collection, using the By Hand London Kim bodice and Flora skirt / Custom necklace: Punky Pins / Enamel pin: Smile & Make / Headband: made by me / Petticoat: Palava / Yellow clogs: Lotta from Stockholm

I used some of the red fabric from the Sodalicious range to make Tip Top wall pennants to sell, and I had been hoping to make a dress from it someday too, so it was a wonderful surprise to be gifted the fabric I wanted in the perfect amount to make a dress with. The shape of the soda bottle in the print is almost exactly the same as the Tip Top Like Soda Pop pin I designed using Michael’s drawings ( shameless plug here… there are still a few pins available in my Etsy shop, and all proceeds go to support brain tumour research through The Brain Tumour Charity: The Michael Barry Fund). So it will come as no surprise that this fabric immediately leapt to the top of my sewing pile as I couldn’t wait to make it into a dress!

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As this print has an American Diner feel I thought it would suit a cute 50s dress with a full skirt for twirling in, and I have been wanting to try combining the By Hand London Kim dress bodice with the flippy circle skirt from the Flora dress to create this effect. I’m really pleased with how it turned out – just how I hoped it would look in my head! And whilst I intended it as a fresh summery dress, I hope this lovely shade of green will be equally at home styled with a mustard yellow cardi and brown woolly tights for Autumn/Winter.

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This dress has a circle skirt, and usually when you make a circle skirt it is best to use an all over print rather than a pattern which runs in one direction, as otherwise the print will not run level across all of the fabric of the voluminous skirt! As you can see this pattern is very directional with the soda pop bottles running in stripes, so I decided to cut the skirt in panels to keep the stripes running fairly level all around the skirt. This worked particularly well with the Flora skirt pattern as it has knife pleats at the front and box pleats at the back, so I could hide the seams joining the panels of the skirt together in the folds of the pleats. The only down side of using panels is that the skirt has lost a little bit of the drape it would have had if I’d cut it as a complete circle as none of the fabric has been cut on the bias, which is what gives circle skirts their lovely float and movement. I still think it was worth it to keep the print even across the skirt, and it looks fabulous with one of my pouffy Palava petticoats underneath!

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So there we have it, a Tip Top dress! I’m off to sip on some soda pop and twirl around the living room…

Lucy x

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