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I finished my dress today and I just love it. The vast majority of things I try to make for myself look totally horrideous, which is why I hardly ever try to make anything for myself. But I love this (though I had to fuss with the pattern quite a bit). I used mostly cotton lawn, except for the bodice front/back which is regular quilting-cotton-weight. I apologize, but I don't really know what the fabrics are named or remember where I got them (but mostly all locally, and I have a decent size collection of Liberty Tana Lawn from local and various on-line sources). I just collect fabric whenever I see something I like, and am useless with the details. This dress is made mostly of rectangles or versions of rectangles. It's all very floaty and light, with lots of folds and drapes and gathers everywhere. Rather Vanessa Bell–ish, I thought.

The Sigur Ros show at Edgefield last night was exquisite. We have been big fans for many years but this was our first time seeing them live. Lovely, gentle, amazing people. The evening just couldn't have been more beautiful.

The garden is entering the late-summer phase. I think I'm supposed to be thinking about fall/winter planting. I replanted beets and kale already. Maybe I'll plant more beets where the potatoes were . . . ? Half of my butternut squash blossoms fell off, and a bunch of the leaves. A couple of the other little squashes just shrivelled up into little puckered things. Wah. :(

It's a quiet day here. Bright and breezy and we have no plans. Wonder of wonders. I shudder with pure delight.


The dress is lovely, and the fabric choices - fabulous!

LindaSonia says: August 11, 2012 at 04:54 AM

would love to see a pic of you wearing that very cute dress.

Hi Alicia,

Your dress is just lovely! Keep connecting those triangles into wearable thoughts!
Also, still loving the garden and we saw it from the start. You should be very proud...and healthy! :) Thanks for sharing!

What a beautiful dress! Inspires me to attempt something like that. I can make a quilt and home dec stuff (I even made slipcovers) but a dress seems so hard to me. Never heard of Sigur Ros, will have to check them out.

Marguerite says: August 11, 2012 at 11:10 AM

The dress is just lovely! So comfy looking!
Random...... I was over at another blog and saw the neatest alphabet using subway map shapes and I instantly thought of you. That led me to this book (linked to Amazon but maybe Powell's might have it?). I thought it might be a fun inspiration book (though you hardly need it) for future samplers. You are probably aware of it, by David Sacks....

Just had my DH find my box of old patterns...I have that Afghani Nomad Dress pattern and on the pattern front has: Folkwear 1976! I remember scrapping my money together to buy the pattern and then LIFE happened and now at 59 years young and thankfully the funds to buys great fabric.( going on line right after this post) You again have inspired me to create....never to late for anything! Thank you for your wonderful blog.

Teresa Ramirez-Higashi

What a charming dress, and from the looks of the photo of the fabric stack, you have another one coming. As I remember, those Folkart patterns are tricky mainly because they have very little in the way of instruction. It's been a very long time since I've last seen someone doing macrame. Maybe it will make a comeback- I made a plant hanger for over my sink recently, and used some beads my daughters made back in the 70's. Nice to use saved things with memories.

Ditto! Your dress is SOOO pretty! I'd love to see you in it! Glad to see you are enjoying these late summer days. You've done such a great job with your garden.xo

Wrennette says: August 11, 2012 at 01:38 PM

You never disapoint me. I LOVE THE DRESS. I was in my early 20s in the 70s and I had more than one dress that were very much like the one you have made. I loved wearing them because they were very becoming on me. I had enough hair for five people...LONG...and I had more sand in my bottom than I the dress was perfect for my less than perfect 5'2" frame. I also had a baby girl whom I made duplicates of my outfits. How funny to think of it now. No one...absolutely NO ONE does that any more. I even made my daughter a pair of hippie looking jeans like mine. Denim, red dot trim around the leg hem, an actual white star from an American flag sewn on one leg...and a red and white stripe top with one shoulder blue fabric with white stars. Can't you just see it? Oh, yes, and when I dressed her like that I took her french braids down and parted her hair in the middle. ha ha ha We both survived my sense of humor.

Wrennette says: August 11, 2012 at 01:46 PM

I cannot get this dress out of my mind. Would you be so kind as to share what 'difficulties' you had with the pattern? I am not proficient at dress making but I am
"highly" motivated in this case. I would need to follow the pattern tips for the larger sizes as it is..but with a little encouragement I think I would love to try this. It's the thought of wasting fabric that scares me.
But as I said...I'm motivated!

Luanne Graham says: August 11, 2012 at 01:57 PM

Do you have a pattern for the necklace/bracelet? I would love to make one. The dress is fabulous. I bet you will look great in it. :)

mlle patty says: August 11, 2012 at 03:18 PM

The dress is great - I love cotton lawn, voile, any paper thin-type cotton! That croissant also looks particularly yummy...may have to walk down to my cafe and see if they have any left!

Beautiful!! And that crossiant looks so delicious!

Might try cross polinating the squash yourself with a little paint brush. Mine were doing the same thing, I thought the bees would take care of it.. But I guess they needed a little help:).

Gah! The dress is sublime! Reminds me of the robe (no doubt that is not the correct term for the period) Kiera Knightly wore in P&P after she got Darcy's letter. I've been dreaming of duplicating that for ages.

Donna Bell says: August 12, 2012 at 06:46 AM

OMG that dress is beautiful!

If Sigur Ros ever comes to my area I will definitely see them. Their music is ethereal. Love it!

Your garden is a delight. I still have some cucumbers and watermelon growing but as soon as they are done I will plant some Japanese buckwheat to condition the soil so that I can replant in the winter.

If you can elaborate on the problems with the Folk Wear pattern that would be great. I'm considering buying the pattern.

Wishing you a happy day!

Your garden is so lush and green! I had to pull everything from ours this weekend, it was just too sad because of the drought in our area (So. IL, near St. Louis). So I'm always so happy to see photos of other areas in the country that are so inspiring! Thanks for posting!

I also request a tutorial for that lovely bracelet... The dress is beyond my abilities, but I will enjoy your handiwork vicariously :)

Fabulous dress, garden, photos...fabulous Jonsi.

tell us more about the necklace... if you please :)

the Bloomsbury dress is fabulous!

i still cannot stop thinking of that dress you made! Thank you for putting up details of the pattern, it actually looks relatively straightforward! The fact you made it from beautiful fabrics makes it look so expensive and amazing - you have an excellent eye for colours and patterns!

Have you tried fertilizing the squash blossoms? This was my first year planting squash, and I lost a lot of blossoms and little squash at first, too. Then someone told me to pollinate the girl flowers with the boy flowers. I found some videos about how to do it on YouTube, and I grew absolutely enormous squashes after I did that. Seriously, one was the same length as from my elbow to my wrist.

(This is the dirtiest sounding non-dirty comment ever, isn't it?)

I just saw a segment on CBS Sunday Morning about Star Trek in the Park. Although I'm not particularly a Star Trek fan, I think I would go to see one of these for the experience. Ever been?

I have to say that your blog, I believe, lowers my blood pressure. Sort of like when you look at a fish tank and its suppossed to be good for your heart. I love that dress too.
BTW: Sorry some of your squash didn't make it. We make quesadillas out of squash and pumpkin blossoms. Just saute with EVOO, add spices to your liking and add to warmed tortillas with cheese. Oh so good. Just make sure they are clean and no little critters are living within.


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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at