Colourful Cleo & Coco

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I’ve been hoping to add a few more casual pieces to my handmade wardrobe, and Tilly & The Button’s Cleo pinafore dress and Coco knit top patterns were just the ticket. I’ve worn my first Cleo dress quite a lot and it is very comfy and easy to wear (as you would expect for a pinafore dress!), so I opted to make another in a bright yellow denim, and jazzed it up with my collection of embroidered patches. I also made some simple Coco tops to wear it with out of some fun knit fabrics. I do like to dress colourfully and these outfits are certainly colourful!

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Sunshine Yellow Cleo

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For my Cleo dress, I tracked down an affordable denim in my favourite shade of sunshine yellow on eBay. Fortunately I already had some dungaree buckles in my stash which I picked up from Merchant & Mills when we were in Rye last summer, so this was quite a cheap make! I added two hip pockets this time rather than a single bib pocket – although I love the look of the bib pocket, it’s not especially practical for stashing your phone in.

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I then painstakingly stitched and ironed on all of my patch collection, which took quite a while! I’ve been very taken with the idea of making a patch dress since spotting Jo of Hello Sunshine‘s awesome denim shirt dress on Instagram which she sewed all of her patches on, so thanks to Jo for the idea!! Most of the patches are from my favourite indie creatives, making this dress a great showcase. Although I should add that I finished my dress before Jo released her new patches, so I might need to try and make room for a sunflower or sunshine van!

Colourful Cocos

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I made two Coco dresses last year and have been wanting to try the pattern as a top. I’m still not the biggest fan of knit fabrics and much prefer to sew with crisp cottons, but they are practical and I love these prints!

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This awesome fast food fabric is from Stof & Stil, and I chose it as I just know Michael would have loved it.

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This fabric is a great match with my patch dress as I think the design looks a bit like an arrangement of patches. You might have spotted that I bought a matching watermelon and ice cream patch from Stof & Stil for my pinafore dress – they have a very cute range of patches.

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I treated myself to this jolly flamingo fabric from The Village Haberdashery on my recent weekend in London. I can’t resist anything with a flamingo print!

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I think it’s safe to say I’ve added a little bit more of the rainbow to my handmade wardrobe with these makes!

Lucy x

Yet without question, without fail, always and invariably she is exceedingly lovely

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

For the next outfit in my Wes Anderson series, I created a dress inspired by the character of Agatha from the Grand Budapest Hotel. Michael and I adored this film. It was released while he was going through radiotherapy and I remember going straight from the hospital after a treatment session to watch it at the cinema together as he was so excited to see it. I think it has the best story line and pace of all of his films, as well as being incredibly funny! It’s also visually delicious, from the pink facade of the hotel in it’s glory days and the rich purples of the staff uniforms, to the pastel beauty of Mendl’s pastries.

Agatha, Grand Budapest Hotel

Agatha’s uniform (above) is a simple but pretty dress with a peter pan collar, and I decided to recreate this outfit with a slight twist.

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

I don’t often wear solid colour dresses so rather than copy the dress exactly I chose a fabric inspired by the colour palette, a cream and coral Art Gallery striped print from The Crafty Mastermind. I edged the collar, sleeves and hem with a complimentary coral bias binding, and made a little bow for the collar.

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

To create the shape of the dress, I hacked the Emery dress pattern, which you will know by now is my favourite! I love the shape, fit and vintage style of the Emery, but needed to tweak a few details to more closely mimic Agatha’s dress. I rounded the edges of the collar to create a soft peter pan collar, added gathering and volume to the sleeve head and extended the sleeve length, and pleated the skirt rather than gathering it.

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

I’m really pleased with the finished dress, it’s very sweet with a vintage feel and will be lovely to wear in the summer. Happily I recently restocked my collection of Sun Jellies sandals and have a peach pair which match perfectly! I’m off on holiday at the end of the month and this dress will definitely be coming with me.

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

And as the perfect finishing touch, I found this Mendl’s brooch from Sayonara Baby on Etsy.

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

Now if only someone would deliver a real Mendl’s box to me with a Courtesan au Chocolat, mmm! Perhaps I should have a go at making my own with this recipe!

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

Next up I’ll be recreating Suzy Bishop’s iconic dress from Moonrise Kingdom, I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Lucy x