Tigerlily Maxi

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Australian fashion label Tigerlily are pretty much as ‘Aussie’ as backyard bbq’s. They make beautiful, slightly exy swim-wear and clothing that I used to pine for seasonally, in my pre-diy era. I am blown away that a new fabric store in town (The Fabric Store) are stocking the exact Tigerlily fabrics from their collections…by the yard! This seems kind of unusual, but complain I did not. Grab the bolt, race to the counter, shoulder checking along the way, I did. I recognized this geometric polyester knit from a dress in their collection a few summers ago. A dress that I wanted bad enough to cut and paste it into a word document…these were the days before Pinterest.

I knew I was onto a good thing with the Mission Maxi Dress pattern after I wore the ‘test run’ for three days straight. A bit feral now I think about it. But it’s just a great pattern, especially for lazy girls at heart! For minimal time and effort you get a super flattering, easy wearing summer maxi dress. This version using view C with godet, really grabbed my attention and I assumed my geometric print would make a spectacular godet version. However, in my case, the print had so much happening already that the godet doesn’t really stand out. It’s seems more visually effective to use a plain fabric, like stripes, and get creative with changing the direction of the fabric.

IMG_2523 (Large)So I may have mentioned in a recent Kniterviews, something to the tune of ‘I don’t change much at all when sewing with knits laa laa di da’. Which is all well and dandy until I tried to sew this really stretchy fabric with a regular straight stitch. No surprises, it puckered like a you know what! Usually I avoid my machine’s stretch stitch function ( uneven stitches?) but in this case it was ten times better than straight stitch. I tried so hard to line up the print but it was ta-ricky. I’m declaring polyester knit as the eel of stretch fabrics, and after much wrestling I still couldn’t get it to match at the center back and side seams. Lucky its a busy print and hides it well. So don’t look too close you lot!
Now I have my own, friendlier on the budget, Tigerlily dress!

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  • Suziewrote:

    Oh wow – what a fantastic print, no wonder you wanted to get your hands on it! Your maxi dress turned out perfect, you look gorgeous!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Hi Suzie, wow, thanks so much for your lovely comments

  • Maxwrote:

    Such a flattering pattern for you! This is realllly gorgeous. Tigerlily bikinis are so pretty, I didn’t know they made dresses!

    Did you get your hair cut too? I love it!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thanks Max!! They do make some dresses but you are right, their bikinis are yummy. I did get it chopped off, I need low maintenance hair with boys!

  • Mrs Biddlewrote:

    Wow – gorgeous dress. Your sewing creations just get better and better. You have such an eye for fabric. Loving these selections. Mrs B x

  • megannielsenwrote:

    Yep i sprent a lot of time pining for their collections too. My jealousy is EXTREME! you have Tigerlily fabric??? ahhhhh does this magical store have an online shop too?????? please?

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Lol, thanks Megan! Its called The Fabric Store but they’re not online yet. I’d be happy to have a look for some for you?

  • Pretty Dittywrote:

    OMGOODNESS! You look stunning! I love everything from the fabric choice to the photo shoot location. Thanks for sharing =)

    ~ Jamie Christina

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      So glad you like it. I can’t wait to make another.

  • Happy Findwrote:

    Sexy mama!!! I am gaga over the fabric! Even if the print doesn’t quite match, it’s still visually stunning.

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Hehe thank you! It does feel very sexy on, so it won’t be one for taking the kids to the park.

  • grainlinewrote:

    Oh man this looks SO GOOD!!! Love the pattern with this print and am getting especially jealous of your weather!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Wow thankYOU Jen, that means a whole bunch coming from you.

  • Natasha Janewrote:

    Suuuuper pretty!

  • Annawrote:

    that is the most beautiful fabric and perfect for the pattern. beautiful job!

  • Saschawrote:

    Love it! Makes me want to try a maxi dress… I’ve never worn one. I also have Word docs that I kept before Pinterest!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      You’ve got them too?! That is funny. Sascha, I live in my other version, its so comfy. I bet you’d love to wear it while kid wrangling!

  • Hollywrote:

    Fabulous Again! Wow you are a DIY fashion Guru! You fabric choice is fantastic… if I had seen that fabric on a role I would have probably thought oooo (and had a wee touch) then have been too scared to attempted anything! Must get more courageous with fabric purchases! Go Sophie 🙂

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thanks Holly, it was a bit intimidating all that pressure of buying a really nice fabric that I didn’t want to balls up.

  • Leah Franquiwrote:

    Damn, girl! Is what I said when I saw this. This is exactly how a maxi dress ought to look, you rock this! You look,like, 8 feet tall and perfect. Love love love this, well done!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Haha thankyou Leah…when are you sewing yours?

  • Cloverwrote:

    I love your fabric! So jealous. Again like someone else said how do I get my hands on that fabric. I have made two of these and LOVE them. I think it is a universally flattering pattern. Question. How did you make the bottom of yours so swingy. Mine end up more straight. I was just thinking the other day I wonder how I make it look just like yours does!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      I just checked out your version…LOVE the stripes and those colours together. It is so flattering on everyone. I see what you mean, I think it is meant to hang straight like your version but because this fabric was SO flimsy it did stretch while I was sewing it, and maybe that’s giving it that swing?

  • sallie oleta barbeewrote:

    That is such a fabulous print!! WHY?!?! Is it so hard to find such fabulous prints?!? I hope you bought the whole bolt and are squirreling it away. This maxi looks so effortless and elegant. I love it!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thanks Sallie! I SHOULD have bought the whole bolt, you are right it is so hard to find good stretch.

  • Kimberlywrote:

    Absolutely stunning (and love the new hair)! The print is gorgeous and oh the pattern – I have wanted to get it so many times but keep refraining because I’ve been nervous about having to deal with that much knit yardage. Was the pattern difficult to cut out? Any tips for dealing with large pieces of knit?

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Aw shanks Kimberly! You should definitely get this pattern…I’ll be keeping an eye out for your version ; I cut it out on the ground and just pinned the paper pattern to the fabric, so I think having a big surface helps. Or cutting it out on top of carpet because the fabric sticks to it a little.

    • Cloverwrote:

      I cut mine on the ground too. I think having a pattern in the fabric helps to line up the fabric. Its actually only two yards.

    • Kimberlywrote:

      Thank you both! And Clover thanks for the yardage. For whatever reason I assumed it was like 4.5 yards and having to wash and press that much fabric beforehand in addition to the pattern cutting makes me start to sweat. 🙂

  • kristinwrote:

    Holy cow, Sophie, you are the hotness. I love this dress, it looks so comfortable and is incredibly flattering. Beautiful!!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Haha thanks Kristin, I’ll take ‘the hotness’!

  • megwrote:

    so stinking awesome!

  • Rachael Honnerwrote:

    Gorgeous! Can I borrow?? hee hee xx

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Sure thing, only its so long on me you’d need someone to walk everywhere with you holding the train up!

  • Erinwrote:

    this is AWESOME! so pretty and modern… love it.

  • Kelli Wardwrote:

    I am beyond jealous. Where do you live and how do you find such great fabrics? I am always disappointed in what I have available. It is a great pattern though. I made it in black last summer and wore it constantly.

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Kelli iis from The Fabric Store in Brisbane, Australia. There’s also one in Melbourne and Sydney and they only stock fashion apparel fabrics, so you don’t have to wade through any quilting stuff. Unfortunately they’re not online so you might just have to pop over to Oz and visit them. You made one too? I imagine you would have got so much wear out of a black one, it’d be fun to accessories! You should post it, I’d love to see a more neutral maxi…

  • Liliwrote:

    Wow I love this dress and the fabric oh oh so much ! I wish i lived in a stated that had a “Fabric store” or that they would come online cos i would love to get my hands on some 😀
    You’ve done such a lovely job with this dress i really want to try making one soon. Oh and you hair is super cute 🙂

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Hi Lili. Thanks so much, it truly is a great pattern and you should definitely give it a go. Don’t worry, I understand. Before The Fabric Store there was only spotlight and I have to say their selection left me wanting!

  • littlebettywrote:

    Great dress and great use of this cool fabric

  • small + friendlywrote:

    I don’t know what I love more, the fabric, the dress, or the hair! You are my style idol. Great work, as usual!

    • Cirque Du Bebewrote:

      Thanks Carla! The hair is l.o.w maintainence. But now I’ve seen your lovely long locks I miss my hair.

  • Debrawrote:

    Looks great! Gorgeous fabric!

  • smunchwrote:

    This fabric is AWESOME. The dress looks really good.

  • Heather Louwrote:

    GET THE EFF OUT OF TOWN. I want to fly to Australia just so I can sneak in your house and steal this dress. GAH! THE PRINT! THE CUT! Just pinned. May need to make that maxi with the awesome jersey stripe I just thrifted….

  • Sassy Twrote:

    Wow the fabric and the dress look the Biz.

  • Kristinawrote:

    looks great and the fabric is amazing. going to check the fabric store on the weekend!!

  • sarahstwohandswrote:

    I’m in love with this print! love love love

  • sewbon.comwrote:

    I love this fabric!! Gorgous!

  • Caroline Hulsewrote:

    this is GORGEOUS! way to go, friend!!

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