from Wizard of Oz’s Emerald City, we now move on to Alice in Wonderland, another fave story of mine.
every time i see fabrics that even remotely reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, i think my heart skips a beat. that’s what happened when i saw this jersey fabric from So Cute brand. it’s an Alice in Wonderland fabric without Alice herself. 😀
at the same time, for many years–i’d say about 8–i had been waiting for harlequin print fabric. i did find some before this, but they were too colourful and all the wrong colours, the fabric was wrong (stiff cotton), or then the print was too big. by some miracle, though, i finally found the right one this year: in the form of another jersey fabric. perfect!
i honestly wasn’t thinking of combining the two, until i washed them and they sat nicely on top of each other in my cupboard. what a lovely marriage, i thought!
at first i only planned to make one dress, using the same pattern i used years ago for my optical illusion stripey dress. but after cutting the pieces, surprisingly i still had quite a lot of the fabrics even though i only bought around 1 m of each fabric. so i had yet another crazy idea to make 2 dresses using the same fabric-combo, but different style. i did them both back to back, giving birth to them at almost the exact same time, LOL. ladies and gents, meet Tweedledee and Tweedledum!
Tweedledee is based on pattern #121 from Burda Style magazine 09/2012. the original pattern’s front piece is actually double-layered: the side piece also covers the middle front part and then there’s another layer of just the middle part sewn on top of the side piece. that’s what i did with my stripey dress years ago, which looks fine but is always a little too heavy on the front because of that.
so this time i cut the side piece’s middle front part off and did everything in just one layer. the result, even though i actually copied the pattern 1 size smaller than my current size, is a loose-fit dress. go figure!
when i was done sewing Tweedledee, i thought it looks so much like a Desigual dress! well, So Cute brand is supposedly a sister brand of Melli Mello, which is kind of similar to Desigual, so no surprise there. to add a little bit of the ‘jester’ touch, i decided to sew colourful plastic stones on the neckline. i love the result!
Tweedledum is more of an ‘accidental’ child, haha! it means that i didn’t use any pattern, except that i laid down the fabric, put my Marimekko dress on top of it, and cut the fabric according to the Marimekko dress. and then i added the sleeves from some ready-made pattern, and decided to cut away a small triangle from the back side just to add a little detail.
it was supposed to be a quick & easy project, but of course mishaps kept happening: i ran out of my good sewing thread, tried to sew it with another sewing thread of lower quality and my sewing machine got jammed, sewed the collar binding too loose which made the whole dress look ill fitted.
the next day as soon as the fabric store was opened i ran there to buy more sewing thread, ripped all the seams off the neckline and re-sewed the whole neckline after work (i think it was about 10 pm when i finished sewing the whole dress. sorry, neighbours!).
though the back side is still a bit weird (me & my great idea to do triangular cut-out!), i must say, i love Tweedledum as well!
i guess you can’t really say that they’re midi dresses, but i’m currently loving knee-length skirts/dresses. they’re just much more appropriate for all kinds of things, even for work.
did i hear you ask out loud, would i really wear these dresses to work? my answer is, yes i would. i know, i’m lucky to work at a place which allow me to wear all kinds of clothes! 😉
although in the story Tweedledee and Tweedledum never agree with each other, i think these dresses go along perfectly well together. at least maybe until Alice comes along.
PS. i just realized now after i finished writing the post that usually Tweedledum comes first before Tweedledee. sorry for the mix up, but i was too lazy to change the names/pics! 😀
I love the detail of the jewels on tweedledee and I love how tweedledum looks on a whole I think if they were on sale I would by Tweedledum.! Are offices there really strict, I have not work in an office that I have to wear serious office attire all the time yet. Only occassionally when we have to meet new or really important client.
haha, thanks! i also love Tweedledum a wee bit better (sorry, Dee!). actually i don’t think offices here are really strict, but i haven’t worked at an office here in Finland, so i don’t really know. (i work retail, remember? 😉 more freedom in choosing what to wear!)
Now this is really a TOP HIT!!! Big success! Congrats! Muah muah ❤ ❤ ❤
hihihi, thanks! i had fun in the end (even when having to redo the neckline seams) and really do think they both came out well! 😀
So much fun!
thank you, they both are! 🙂
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Both look good and are fun. At first I thought it was a trick, something like the “quick change” on America’s Got Talent.
haha, i don’t even know that “quick change” thing you meant, but sounds cool! i can guarantee you that there’s no trick here, LOL! thank you so much! 😀
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WOOOOOW, that’s really amazing! hahaha, thanks for the link, really enjoyed it! and actually, i saw something quite similar last year here in Finland, a drag comedian who did impersonations of Finnish artists/singers at our company’s anniversary party. he did quick-changes of costumes & wigs between every music & impersonations… so cool! unfortunately i don’t remember his name.
ahhhhhhhh my favorite dresses you’ve made thus far!!! I love Alice in Wonderland soooooo much!
yaaay, i love Alice in Wonderland so much too! so i’m glad you like the dresses! 🙂
These are really, really cute! I like the idea of twin dress, almost the same, but not quite! Little details, like the beads, bring one of them to another different level. It’s always fun to have cute details, and it turns out, everybody loves them!
yes, exactly! especially the kind of details that were actually some last-minute touches, or “accidental”, hahaha…. anyway, thanks heaps!
I know this is an old post, but I have to say I loooove this dress!!! and the entire concept! Oh, and I also think this is even better looking than Desigual! 🙂
ahaha, almost forgot this post (though the dresses have been worn on repeats up to today)! thank you very much for your lovely words! you made my day! ❤