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Mori Girl fashion goes tropical or: Burda 7109

14 Jul

Catching up on things I sewed while studying. October hit, the hottest and most humid time of year, and I needed Floofy Clothesasap. I really like the whole Mori Girl concept. Before I got a pinterest account I’d never even heard of Mori Girl style. How lost I must have been …

However, all those layers are way too hot for the climate I live in, so I tropicified it by paring it back to one layer. A nice loose swishy layer. In fact a nice nightie pattern, adapted for streetwear, coz there’s nothing nicer than wearing your nightie all day!

Burda 7109 front

I just knew that deep neckline both front and back, would mean the dress sliding off my shoulders so I put some cross-straps on the back. Works well, and it’s nice and cool too, more so than if I’d just raised the back neckline.


Here’s the pattern I used. I placed the front and back pieces a few cm away from the foldline to add in enough fabric to create the pleats.

A note on the actual pattern: that neckline is very low at the front. It’s also really a bit too wide from shoulder to shoulder. I recommend measuring to make sure it matches your shoulder width both front and back!

Burda 7109


In keeping with the soft floofy Mori Girl idea, I created some floral and leaf embellishments.

Well they’re meant to be floral, but to be honest, if you didn’t know they were, would you think they were? I’m a bit dubious. But it doesn’t seem to stop people from complimenting me on their existence on the skirt.

Lovely big gathered pockets, one with a butterfly on it. I overlocked the top edge of the pocket.

Ruffles everywhere! All hems and neckline roll-hemmed on my overlocker. Gosh I love that function on it! This photo also shows very nicely the soft colours of the fabric, which I think is very much in keeping with the Mori Girl look.


  • Fabric/trims/notions used
I just realised I could have written this post from an entirely different point of view, that of being in the same league as Scarlette O’Hara, as this fabric started off it’s life as curtains 🙂
The trim was all hand-made from the same fabric, apart from a bit of pretty matching ribbons.
  • Construction notes

I love the rolled-hem function on my overlocker!

I added in an extra pleat both front and back which pulled the shoulders in to fit me better.

The embellishments were made from strips of gathered bias, then sewn together as a flower. These were machine-sewn on as it turned out the fabric was to closely woven I couldn’t really get the needle through! So my poor machine had to plow through a whole lot of layers of very thick fabric. It survived, my nerves didn’t though! I sewed a bit of ribbon in the centre of each rose.

I thought if I added in some leaves as well, they would help the beholder to realise the frayed lumpy-bits along the left hem were actually flowers! I left the edges of both leaves and flowers to fray nicely.

  • Cost
I ‘ve forgotten the cost of the original curtains. They were in use about 7 yrs ago.
Ribbon – $2
Pattern – $5
  • Last word

I am quite surprised how much I wear this. I usually go for neat, fitted styles. But the swingy, floofy, very cool and breezy nature of this makes it really lovely to wear. It also helps that in my own mind (No idea about external observers!) I’m wearing a Tropical Mori Girl dress – it’s a specific Style. Having said that though, it also helps that it’s essentially a glorified nightie. Nighties for daywear yeah!

I get sooo many compliments on this dress 🙂


Rosette Roundup – fabric flower tutorials and inspirations

12 Feb

A while ago I had the bright idea to make some fabric flowers to jazz up a pair of shoes.  I spend a wonderful half an evening exploring the world of fabric flower tutorials online. I was reminded of this after recently getting DD to cut out flower motifs for her dress.

How do you find tutorials on making fabric flowers?

A quick google will bring up heaps, so instead of reinventing the wheel and putting them all here, I will just point you to a few places that have plenty of links to tutorials.

Little Birdie Secrets and Tip Junkie both have a fabric flower tutorial and roundup

The Domestic Diva, as always, is has a helpful and inspiring collection of tutorials and information.

Different styles of fabric flowers. What intrigues me most, is the different styles of fabric flowers you can make. They seem to fall into three main categories:

Gathered flowers – either with a frayed petal edge such as is made in this tutorial by Maize Hutton

Maize Hutton frayed flower

Folded-petal edge gathered flower – made like the above flower but using a folded edge for the petal edge, instead of a frayed edge.

Individually-made-petal flowers – as shown in Pink Paper Peppermints

Pink Paper Peppermints folded edge gathered flowers

Layered flowers – layering of fabrics (or ribbons in some cases) together, and securing the layers, like Simply Vintage Girl shows. Her flowers are made in a synthetic, and the edges fixed by melting with a candle (as a bit of a pyromaniac the idea appeals!) but the edges in this style can be left frayed or even pinked.

layered petal flower

Folded fabric flowers, like these gorgeous roses from Burda Style (Hmm, it is Valentine’s Day soon…)

Burda Style folded roses

Simple folded style (I have seen this done with ribbons too) from Molly Chickens

Simple folded flower

Origami-inspired folded flower such as this one at Gone to Earth

Origami-inspired flower

And for those that can’t choose between them, here is a flower at Calamity Kim that involves all the above techniques!

Many different techniques go into the making of this lovely little flower

Edited 14/4/2011 to add a link to this burdastyle flower tutorial I just love it, and it is likely I will be making some for my wedding dress in the future.

What to do with these beautiful creations?

My immediate thought is, as a mother of a 5 yr old girl, I already have an answer! But there are plenty of things this grown up girl can think of for herself as well.

Some ideas:

  • clothing
  • hats
  • shoes
  • headbands, hair pins, barrettes, other hair accessories
  • brooches
  • home decorations
  • cushion embellishments
  • on the collar of the Sewing Goddess

Can you think of anything else?

The post-script on the shoes was that I sadly never got round to making the fabric flowers to embellish them. But the other day I was in Equip who was having a sale on hair accessories. Lo and behold, there were plenty of accessories adorned with fabric flowers. As a now-connosoir of the contruction of fabric flowers, I was able to see that with the exception of one folded-edge gathered flower, they were all layered, all synthetic, none without any edge finishing, thus left to fray delightfully.

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