Completed: Seren Dress

9 Oct

I am not one to apologize for a lack of posting, but HOLY SHIT Y’ALL has it seriously been a month since my last post!? My poor little neglected blog 😦 I don’t even have a good excuse… I’ve been sitting on these photos since August haha.

Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress
Look, a rare photo that does not involve the privacy of my own home / backyard! 🙂

Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress

This is the Seren Dress from Tilly & the Buttons, released earlier this summer. I loved this pattern the minute I saw it; I love that it’s a simple sundress with some fun details. While I personally don’t care for the ruffle version (again, not really a ruffle girl here), I was ALL ABOUT that little midriff slit! It’s hard to tell in the pattern photos, but this dress is actually one piece – not two. True story, I thought it was a two piece dress right up until I started sewing it haha. I think it would be easy to modify to be two pieces if that’s what you’d rather wear, but I had a lot of people comment that they’d never wear it because they don’t like to expose their midriff. As you can see in these photos, it certainly doesn’t expose very much!

Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress

Sewing this up, I made a size 2 which is based on my current measurements. I followed the instructions as written and made no adjustments to the sizing. Honestly I don’t remember much about making this dress, seeing as that I finished it back in JULY (sheesh), but I do recall it being really quick and satisfying to sew.

Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress

Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress

The fabric is a custom printed piece from Spoonflower, given to me by my favorite blue haired angel mermaid, Paula. Mine is printed on their fabulous lawn, which is sadly discontinued (sorry!). This might be one of my favorite fabrics I got this year – the colors are so happy, and I just love the print! I don’t typically wear pink, but I actually really like how it looks with the green. Like all lawns, this one was easy to work with and it also super easy to care for (wash & dry as normal with the rest of my clothes – no special treatment required). I do wash this dress pretty frequently and haven’t noticed any color fading.

Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress

Since finishing this dress, I’ve worn it a surprising amount – considering I don’t typically dress up, and it does feel a little dressy! This dress has taken me to the downtown Art Crawl, various parties and first dates, as well as to Canada and New Hampshire for nice dinners out! It’s easy to wear, but is also quite the statement dress. I’m happy I went a little out of my comfort zone with the fabric, because that’s definitely the best part!

Speaking of New Hampshire, that’s where these photos were taken! When I was up in Exeter back in August for my jeans workshop at Pintuck & Purl, Maggie took me out for a really nice dinner on the beach, and helped me get some photos right as the golden hour happened! It’s definitely a better backdrop than where I usually take my photos, ha! And in case anyone was wondering… I ordered the steak for my meal. I ALWAYS order the steak.

Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress

Unrelated to my dress, but we also got some photos of the white denim jacket I made (also earlier this year)!

Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress

Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress

Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress

This is the Hampton Jean Jacket, which I made after I finished my first jean jacket. It’s pretty similar to the first one, except I cropped about 4″ off the bottom, removed the inseam pockets (bc the jacket is now too short for them haha) and used a stretch denim for a little added comfort. All topstitching is white, so the gold buttons really pop! I have enjoyed wearing this over dresses and with skirts, the cropped length is perfect for anything with a high waistline.

Some photos of the dress:
Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress

Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress

Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress

I guess that’s all for this project! I have enjoyed wearing this dress all summer, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to busting out my beloved jeans and handknit sweaters as the weather cool down! JK we all know it’ll stay hot here through the end of November, ha! 🙂

Tilly & The Buttons Seren Dress

Note: The Seren pattern was given to me by Tilly & the Buttons, with no obligation to post about it! And while my fabric was made by Spoonflower, it was given to me by my friend Paula!

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11 Responses to “Completed: Seren Dress”

  1. mertxelasierra October 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm #

    Awesome!!! Specially if you do have a classic waist (inwards). You look perfect! Gorgeous fabric too, old cotton, tha best. Don’t be lazy and post, lady, we missed you! :-*

  2. Heather Myers October 9, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

    Lovely both garments! And beautiful fabric, I see why you have worn it a lot. Thanks for sharing i will consider this pattern!

    • LLADYBIRD October 10, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

      Thank you!! It’s definitely a pattern worth considering 🙂

  3. bethnegrey October 10, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Good to see and hear from you, Lauren! The bodice on this sundress fits amazingly! That and the fabric make it a true style star. And, that is one beautiful jean jacket — although I truly cannot imagine it 4″ longer. Makes me think of some jeans I just returned. Trouser jeans, short (30) inseam. I’m 5’5″ and change and even if I’d doubled up on that hem depth they would still have been too long. I’d like to meet their size model 🙂 Or not….

    • LLADYBIRD October 10, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

      Ha, well you can *see* it 4″ longer if you look at the post I linked 😉 This jacket is shorter and hits right at the narrow part of my waist – which is ideal for wearing with dresses and high-waisted skirts, but looks a little silly with pants! The original length is closer to the hip, and perfect for wearing with pants. It sounds like you may have a short inseam with all your length in your torso – that’s how I’m shaped! 28″ inseam, yo! 🙂

      • bethnegrey October 10, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

        You nailed it — long over short! And, fortunately, with good broad shoulders or (as my mom used to tell me) I’d be shaped like a pear! ” 🙂

  4. shoes15 October 10, 2018 at 11:59 am #

    I used to live at Hampton Beach. Your pictures made me miss it!

    • LLADYBIRD October 10, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

      I miss it too! What a beautiful and special place!

  5. Aleksandra October 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

    Omg, that white jean jacket is ❤ ❤ <3!

    I just made a Hampton recently (I'm bringing it to camp!) and that is such a a great pattern! I think I might have heard of it through you, even? Loooove the idea of doing it cropped. So cute with that adorable dress!

    • LLADYBIRD October 11, 2018 at 11:40 am #

      Thank you! Ah, I forgot that you’re also attending camp – so excited to see you this weekend! ❤

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