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OOTD – My Handmade Dress and Lavender Fields

July 31, 2013

Today was just the loveliest day. Despite a very cloudy sky the rain stayed away and we enjoyed a trip to one of my absolute favourite places. Mayfield Lavender Farm is only a ten minute drive from my house and yet it feels like a million miles away.

I went with my daughters and my Mum and Dad, and spent most of the time running in and out of the rows of lavender and breathing in the beautiful smell. It is just too beautiful for words and such a nice little outing. There is also a little shop selling all things lavender and a caf̩ serving amongst other things lavender lemonade and lavender fairy cakes Рyum!

I wore a dress I’ve finished making recently. The pattern is one I got free with Sew Magazine a few months ago. It is made from a beautiful vintage sheet that I bought from a charity shop in Wimbledon and I’m so happy with it. The lavender fields felt like the perfect place for my new dress to make it’s debut. I packed my Nikon camera to get some great shots only to discover on arrival that I had left the battery at home (doh!) So in the end I got my dad to take a few pictures on my IPhone as I really wanted some pictures of the dress. But please excuse the quality of the photos which aren’t as good as I would have liked.

Find out more about Mayfield Lavender here

The Pattern I used for the dress is Simplicity 2444

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    July 31, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Lovely photos and beautiful dress which goes so well with the lavendar 🙂

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      July 31, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Thank you! As soon as I knew I was going to the lavender fields I knew I had to wear this! 🙂

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    August 1, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Dress looks great! I can almost smell the lavender too. Lovely day out.

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    Jessica Cangiano
    August 1, 2013 at 7:50 am

    That really does look like such a lovely, wonderful day. I adore the scent of lavender! Not everyone in my family does, but I find it both relaxing and uplifting in the same go, and have always enjoyed using it in cosmetics and my kitchen alike (it sounds strange, but lavender and chocolate ice cream is so, so good!).

    Your dress is terrific and look so beautiful on you, honey. It reminds me that I need more purple (dresses and otherwise) in my wardrobe.

    Wishing you a stellar, joyful August, dear gal!!!
    ♥ Jessica

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      August 1, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Chocolate ice cream and lavender? I have to try that!
      I’m so happy with the dress, I never by purple and now I’ve made this I’ve realised I need more!


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    August 1, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I have a sudden urge to find a lavender field to run around in! Looks so beautiful, and of course you have to match your dress to your location wherever possible. Glad you had fun!
    P x

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      August 1, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Thanks hunny, it’s amazing how much fun running around in lavender can be!

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    August 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    The dress is really lovely and I can’t believe it was originally a sheet. And the photos are stunning. I didn’t know about Mayfield but will bookmark it for a visit.

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      August 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Are you nearby? It’s so worth a visit, it’s just stunning. I’m so happy with the dress and I’m now constantly on the lookout for more vintage sheets to transform! Xxx

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    August 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I can’t tell which pic is my fav! Looks like you had a great time and made lots of family memories! High five on the dress. You look beautiful. Will have lavender tea to celebrate.

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    August 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    What a beautiful dress – you did an amazing job – it looks fab on you!


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      August 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you so much! All these compliments are making me smile! Xxx

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    Miss Fairchild
    August 2, 2013 at 4:25 am

    What a gorgeous dress! I absolutely love lavender, especially lavender shortbread. MMMMM.

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      August 2, 2013 at 7:51 am

      Thank you lovely lady. The lavender shortbread is amazing. I must find a recipe! Xxx

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    Jo Winwood
    August 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Looks like a lovely day out & you look stunning in that dress!

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    August 20, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I absolutely love lavender, it always reminds me of my childhood :3 Your dress looks lovely, it suits you very well ^^ It also goes very nicely with all the lavender bushes you’re surrounded with, in your pictures.

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      August 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Thank you! I need to match all my dresses to my surroundings from now on 🙂

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