Could that be sunshine I spy over the horizon

Why yes it is!

Its summer time here in the UK….well almost….you see, I have been living in the UK now for 8 years, and I have come to the all too obvious conclusion that the sun and the UK had an affair ages ago ( long before any of you were born so don’t think about it), and can’t stand each other now. You know that state right? when you fell in love, and loved really hard, then woke up one day and asked yourself what you ever saw in that person? Yep! that is what the sun is thinking right now, hence why it can’t bear to be seen round these parts. It comes around sometimes, mind you, but just not always, not like its other loves, like San francisco ( Mela I’m still hating), my home country of Cameroon, and of course, Spain, with its beautiful islands, that act as refuge for fed up Brits who want abit of a tan in December.

So, I guess the long and short of it is, I made a dress……to prance about while the Sun was passing by, on its way to new loves. I used the mission maxi pattern. I have made this before, here and here, and I think this is the one I love most.

I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s going to rain maxi dresses this summer. I find them really easy to make, and comfortable to wear as well.

I used a knit fabric I bought at Walthamstow market. Even Junior Mr.Dibs loved it.  Now, Junior Mr.Dibs never takes an interest in my sewing but today he asked if I made the dress or bought it, and then went on to say, in his own words ” that is a great fabric Dibs. It is a great dress, it looks like something you would buy from a shop”. Coming from him, that is a MAJOR compliment. So peeps, the greatness of the mission maxi dress has been confirmed, go forth, I beg you, and purchase this pattern.

 I was with Claire, and she was controlling my fabric shopping on that day. The sequence of events would normally go like this

Dibs sees fabric→Dibs gets mega excited→Dibs rushes to fabric bolt→Dibs turns to Claire, smiling→Claire frowns, and nods head→Dibs deflates and puts fabric bolt down→Dibs sees another fabric…….

On it went, until she sees something she things I might die if I don’t have. Thanks Claire.

Sorry about the bra peeping out. It is what it is. Mr. Dibs took the pictures, and spent some time actually trying to place the bra straps in such a way they don’t show, but like I said before, it is what it is. Even bra straps want to feel the sun. Capice?

I won’t talk much about this make, as it was pretty uneventful. I did not use my overlocker, preferring to use my normal sewing machine stretch stitch, just because I could not be asked to change the thread on my overlocker. Laziness Rules.

While Mr. Dibs took a break, Junior Mr.Dibs stepped in to continue with the picture taking. I have mentioned before that Mr. Dibs normally takes really bad pictures, just so I would stop asking him to take them, but since I have no one else most of the time, I have to go through many pictures (say 30), to get good ones (say 2). Anyway, as payment, Junior Mr. Dibs asked me to do special poses, of which this is the only one I could put on here, with a straight face.



  1. April 28, 2013 / 9:09 am

    Love the fabric and the dress looks great on you, I really like the hot pink cardigan with it as well

  2. April 28, 2013 / 9:15 am

    Thanks Suzy.

  3. April 28, 2013 / 9:16 am

    Really gorgeous Dibs! It's making me want to go to Walthamstow immediately and find that fabric! Lovely to see you briefly last week, sorry we didn't get to chat more!

  4. April 28, 2013 / 9:23 am

    Beautiful dress, hope you get lots of sunshine so you can wear this alot. Great poses and photographs too – you're a natural!

  5. April 28, 2013 / 9:59 am

    I am so not impressed by how much fun you are having !! Lol. Great dress!! Hi to Mr, jr Mr and baby Dibs 🙂

  6. April 28, 2013 / 10:34 am

    Ooh, that fabric is amazing! Well done you on that find (and Claire as purchasing facilitator!). How could it be anything other than a maxi dress?! I also went for a quick-to-sew jersey maxi dress in my "summer is here!" excitement 🙂
    Loving that hot pink cardi on you too…

  7. April 28, 2013 / 11:18 am

    lovely fabric choice!! now you come to mention it I think you might be right about the uk and the sun having an affair 😉

  8. April 28, 2013 / 12:15 pm

    That fabric is KILLER. And such a perfect dress pattern to put it on show!!! Love your analogy too… thanks for the giggle 🙂

  9. April 28, 2013 / 1:04 pm

    Looking great Dibs! Love the last photo!

  10. April 28, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    Yep it's going to rain maxi dresses this year! Yours are looking great.

  11. April 28, 2013 / 3:52 pm

    Love this dress! It's a great fabric indeed, and it shows off your fab figure! I love it paired with the hot pink cardi. Well done!

  12. April 28, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    love the dress and the fabric! great choice!

  13. April 28, 2013 / 5:49 pm

    Your dress is gorgeous! I love the fabric, and the pink cardigan.

  14. April 28, 2013 / 8:01 pm

    I love border fabrics and the garments made with them accordingly. And I love your hair on the pics, too.

  15. April 29, 2013 / 1:54 am

    Love the dress, especially with the hot pink cardi! Really gave me a chuckle reading this – your fabric shopping guardian angel and your 2 photographers – I have a similar father and son photgraphy team in my house too 🙂

  16. April 29, 2013 / 4:39 am

    Love the dress Dibs, that shop was a bit manic wasn't it but the fabric is so worth it. Makes me want to go to Walthamstow soon. zora

  17. April 29, 2013 / 4:55 am

    Fab dress! I love this version the best – I think the fabric really makes it.

  18. April 29, 2013 / 10:55 am

    What a crazy awesome matching of fabric to pattern. And with that cardigan? I love it!

  19. April 29, 2013 / 11:51 am

    Such a fun print! I wish I could send you a little sunshine from Atlanta.

  20. April 29, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    Gorgeous gorgeous! I love this fabric, and it looks great on you.

  21. April 29, 2013 / 7:04 pm

    Beautiful dress and the fabric is awesome. BTW, i love your hairstyle my daughter recently cut all of her hair off and went witht the natural look. So cool. I wish I could send some sunshine your way from Alabama. We are getting our share along with thunderstorms. lol.

  22. April 29, 2013 / 7:52 pm

    Hey dibs! I'm new to sewing after watching great british sewing bee! love your dress and the fabric. I live in Leyton, was the fabric from a stall or shop as I might be going to Walthamstow soon?

  23. April 30, 2013 / 10:40 pm

    Hi Sally, I got it from the first fabric shop on your right when walking down the market from the station. I can't remember the name, but they do sell loads of border prints

  24. April 30, 2013 / 10:43 pm

    I know. There was too much excitement at the meet up.

  25. April 30, 2013 / 10:44 pm

    Thanks Kristy. I wore it all weekend lol.

  26. April 30, 2013 / 10:45 pm

    Mami no hate, jealousy na wowo tin. I sew ya own?

  27. April 30, 2013 / 10:46 pm

    Thanks Tania. Maxi dresses rule

  28. April 30, 2013 / 10:47 pm

    Lol. I am totally right.

  29. April 30, 2013 / 10:49 pm

    Thanks Poppykettle. I could not resist the fabric. Not even Claire could stop me from getting it.

  30. May 1, 2013 / 6:04 am

    Oh some Alabama sunshine would be most appreciated….without the thunderstorms please lol. Thanks about my hair. It is quite challenging to keep it, but I love it.

  31. May 1, 2013 / 6:05 am

    Thanks Nikki.

  32. May 1, 2013 / 6:05 am

    ahh….sunshine. Wouldn't it be cool if we could send the sun on missions?

  33. May 1, 2013 / 6:06 am

    Oh thank you Amanda

  34. May 1, 2013 / 6:06 am

    Thanks KMQ

  35. May 1, 2013 / 11:12 pm

    I think so too Shelly. I really love the fabric

  36. May 1, 2013 / 11:13 pm

    yeah me too. I hope its not as busy as last time. remember how difficult it was to get the girl to attend to us? lol

  37. May 1, 2013 / 11:14 pm

    hahahahahhaha. They make life interesting don't they?

  38. May 1, 2013 / 11:14 pm

    Border fabrics rule. I think I need to go find more for my summer dresses. Thanks about the hair.

  39. May 1, 2013 / 11:14 pm

    Thanks Lynne

  40. May 1, 2013 / 11:15 pm

    Thanks Tamsin

  41. May 1, 2013 / 11:15 pm

    hahahahha. Fab figure indeed. I wish. Mr.Dibs has started dropping hints about me gaining weight. lol

  42. May 1, 2013 / 11:16 pm

    thanks Charlotte. I'm working on another one now, lol

  43. May 1, 2013 / 11:16 pm

    Thanks Vicki Kate.

  44. May 4, 2013 / 5:06 pm

    Great dress Dibs! (P.S. I knew that fabric was soooo you when we saw it in the shop hehe!)

  45. May 28, 2013 / 8:02 am

    Haha! Love your comments about the sun and the UK. Loving your blog and all your photos.

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