Thursday, July 04, 2013

The Lobster Dress Revisited

My Lobster Dress remains to this day one of my favourite makes. Judging by the amount of traffic, you also seem to like it. OR you're just fascinated in horror.


My new home of Gothenburg, Sweden feels like the perfect setting for a Lobster Dress. This city is really about the sea: the archipelago, swimming, waking up to the sound of seagulls... I am told there is even a crayfish festival coming up... a CRAYFISH FESTIVAL! My lobster dress certainly won't look as surrealist in this environment!

The original inspiration for this dress was this wonderful skirt from the Horrockses show at the London Fashion and Textile Museum. Since then, lobsters have been multiplying over the sewing blogosphere...

Mikki made a lobster dress at around the same time I made mine; Mela made a lovely skirt; Karen made a Hazel dress; while Roisin made the most fun, Dali-esque Elisalex dress.

What is more, further lobster off-springs appear to still be in gestation... Will they ever see the light of day?

Now in case you're stricken by a desire to make your very own Lobster Dress -- everyone needs their own Lobster Dress, right? -- I got the fabric from RandK Fabrics stall at Leeds' Market, UK. Others have found it at London's Goldhawk Road and online.

Happy sewing everyone!

16 comments:

  1. I love this fabric... I think its so cool and your dress is very summery!

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    1. Yes, it's perfect for the Swedish (or English) summer I would say. I would say although it looks fresh and summery, the cotton is still quite thick, it can be a bit too hot for sticky-hot summers!

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  2. Such fun fabric! And this fun shines through in all of the creations that everyone has come up with...well done!

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  3. Hey,
    super sweet!!!! :)
    Love
    Tabea

    http://wolkedrei.blogspot.de/

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  4. Aaaaaarrrrrrghhhhh stop taunting me with lobster fabric goodness, I want me some so baaaad! x

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    1. If you find it anywhere online, do let us know! I wouldn't mind getting more of it myself!

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  5. Hah, I really need to get on and make something with that Lobster fabric. Maybe the new Colette Hawthorne? Love your version and Sweden looks so beautiful! x

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    1. Looking forward to seeing your version!

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  6. OMG, I can't believe it was well over a year ago when the lovely Dibs sent me my Lobster fabric! Can't believe I've not utilised it yet as I love it. It needs bumping to the top of my looooong list, but I really think I'd have to totally copy you Adrienne! I love all the dresses you featured, but I still think a shirt dress is the perfect pattern for it!

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    1. hehehe! It would be a complete honour to be copied by Marie from Stitching Odyssey. :-)

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  7. I can see why the fabric is so popular, it is really funky, and so appropriate for the crayfish festival! Such an unexpected and fun motif :)

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  8. Lobsters, Lobsters Everywhere! I love this fabric and your dress in it is beautiful! And, so excited that other people have found the path to Lobster fabric freedom.

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  9. Adorable dress! There are so many crayfish in New Zealand, the massive ones in the sea and tiny ones (only 10cm or so long) in rivers, as you can tell I'm only *slightly* obsessed with them.

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  10. What a surprisingly versatile print! It look great in all it's variations. Setting aside the fun of wearing lobsters, I really love the colors.

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