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Georgia, you were only supposed to be a muslin!


For TMS’s first weekly challenge of #IMP15 I decided to make The Geogia Dress from BHL. It called for a fabric with a little stretch to help with the close fit.   As I’m trying to sew more quality than quantity I knew I needed to make a muslin.


I traced the size 14 (U.S. Size – I like being 2 sizes smaller so sticking with it!!), then rummaged in my stash. I couldn’t find anything suitable, so delved into my ‘clothes to be refashioned’ box. I found a pair of my hubbies old jeans, and then after further searching in another box I found a gorgeous piece of Egyptian cotton. The latter had been chopped off my mum in laws duvet cover when she wanted it making smaller. Neither had any stretch but it would give me an idea of the fit and also enable me to check out the construction.

BHL Georgia dress

The dress went together really well.  I didn’t take any pix when making it up as I only ‘threw’ it together to get the fit right.  I was more than shocked when I tried it on – not only did it fit, but it actually looked ‘ok’, apart from being ridiculously short – I’d not added the bottom panel at this point.


Once I realised I might actually wear this out in public I added the trim down the front and sewed some extra fabric on the bottom to make it a wearable length. I also edge stitched around the bodice and straps to give some stability to the edges.

Before it became a 'real'dress this zip was just added as it was the right length and would hold it all together for fitting.

Before it became a ‘real’dress this zip was just added as it was the right length and would hold it all together for fitting.

I’m so pleased with the nearly finished result.  I say nearly as it’s innards need tidying up, and I think it would benefit from some boning to help hold the bodice up.  The straps push the bodice to my body but the bodice offers no support or has any structure on it’s own.

BHL Georgia Although I love it and it’s totally wearable, for my next I’m considering making a slight FBA if I use a none stretch fabric.  I love that it’s not fitted on the hips and gives an A line shape. Usually I prefer things fitted on my hip as it’s about the only part of my that slim! But I’ve found the A line makes me appear a better shape, if that makes sense.  I just love optical illusions!


  1. Carolyn says

    I have always loved this pattern, especially the version with the thick straps, and have been looking around for more versions sewn up. Looking forward to see what you do for your next version!

  2. I love evrything about this dress! You look absolutely gorgeous! Would you have thought to use denim and cotton for this dress were it not a muslin? Serendipitious! Now you have a designer dressπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. Love that about sewingπŸ˜ƒ.

    • No, I don’t think I would! I was lucky there was enough to add length to the bottom as I don’t think it would have looked right with anything else.
      I think I’ll call this my lucky dress! πŸ˜ƒ

    • Thanks Beth! I think it’s supposed to be really fitted, but I think if be too self conscious, I love how it’s ended up! πŸ˜ƒ

    • Yup! It’s so fab when something turns out better than expected too! Makes up for the occasional disappointment πŸ˜ƒ

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    • Thanks Lucie!
      On a completely different note I’m in touch with Amanda & Neela trying to sort a date for the next Spoolette meet up in the summer hols. Struggling with Saturdays. Is it there any chance you might be able to get a Wednesday off? πŸ˜ƒ

  4. Terrific upcycling! Love when a muslin turns out wearable. Really cool effect with the denim and cotton.

    • Thank you! I could tell pals I’m going to go out in my hubby’s jeans, I bet I’ll get some funny looks! πŸ˜ƒ

  5. I love this – it’s really unique and a bit of a show-stopper! It would probably suit me too as, from your publicly declared measurements, it appears we have identical figures. Except I’m only 5’2″:)

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