The Daisy Duvet dress

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This was a gem of a find in a charity shop – a cute and quirky duvet cover, in a nice crisp cotton blend, for £3:

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I almost balked at cutting it into pieces… but it was much easier once I realised the whole print is truly deeply wonky! (Though that also made the actual cutting logistically harder…)

Daisy duvet

I wanted a pattern that would showcase the print without too many darts or seams, and plumped for the beautifully simple Victory Hazel dress which I’ve used twice before:

RWB Hazel dress

Red White and Blue Dress

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Victory Hazel bodice

So a few maternity adaptations: I added 1/2 inch to each of the bodice seams to give an extra 2 inches round the bust; and added eight pleats across the front skirt (all 1 inch deep and 1 inch apart) to make space for the bump.

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…with a bit of contrast on the back

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Which sort of blends back in along the sides:

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I almost finished this for May, but my Me-Made-May pledge fell sadly by the wayside this year.  I should have pledged to wear all the things that still fit me and to sew as much maternity wear as possible – in retrospect, I was far too over-optimistic about how much sewing I’d get done (what’s new, eh).  These days, more and more time is taken up with antenatal appointments, and sometimes I’m too tired to clean my teeth in the evening, let alone thread a sewing machine and get stitching.

Duvet daisy dress 6But voila, this did get finished; it makes me feel pretty; it’s cool and comfortable; and it doesn’t need ironing.  Win, win, win.

10 thoughts on “The Daisy Duvet dress

    • Yes I thought art nouveau too… I’ve just finished reading The Children’s Book by AS Byatt, so was feeling in Edwardian design mode!

  1. Hi Diana. I’ve enjoyed looking at your creations. 🙂 Was steered here after googling peplum tops lol. I wish I could sew! 😛

  2. Thanks for your kind comments everyone. When I wore this dress to work, no-one commented at all, which got me wondering ‘Is it totally obvious that I’m wearing a duvet cover?’ You’ve restored my faith in it!

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