Refashioning Couture – The Lemon Grove Dress – The Reveal | Champagne Twist

Here it is …

lemon groe dress final



The entire process was fairly straight forward. Using the By Hand London patterns as a base made the project easy and quick. The only issue was changing the zip from the centre back to the side of the skirt, but that was a very simple adjustment, and made the skirt construction process easier, as I didn’t have to pattern match.

lemon bodice final


Costs of making the Lemon Grove Dress (excluding labour and power costs)

  • Fabric – £35
  • Notions – £6
  • Patterns – £18 (please note, I already owned the Charle dress pattern, prior to this project)
    • Total = £59
  • Time to make – 7.5 hours over 4 days

Price of D&G dress

  •  £810 (source


I really enjoyed making this dress and am very proud of the result. It’s looks great, fits well and feels glamorous and fun to wear.

I’m so glad I made plain shoulder straps, instead of the elongated bow ones, as these would have been too fussy for my personal style, with this busy print. But I’m considering making many more of this style of dress, and will use the bow detail with less bold print fabrics.

The dress cost me less than £60 in materials to make, a small fraction of the cost of the D&G dress. But the awards are far greater, as I had a lovely week making this little number, with successful results. I could have saved even more, if I drafted a new pencil skirt pattern.

Even thought it took me 7 and half hours to sew, this is actually a very quick make. I took my time with the hand finishing and hacking the 2 patterns together, otherwise, I’m sure the dress would have been completed in half the time.

In all, I’m very pleased with this project, and can’t wait for any excuse to wear it.

final shoulder lemon dress


Next time

My next project is a Christopher Kane gingham floral skirt, made from a self drafted pattern. If you would like to read about my new project please subscribe so you don’t miss out. As always, thanks for reading, see you soon.


Related posts:

Post 1 – Planning the Lemon Grove Dress

Post 2 – Constructing the Lemon Grove Dress


Rediscovering my sewing mojo

June, in terms of creative output, has been a mixed blessing. I have created a number of new recipes, made my garden a greener haven and attended an inspirational conference, which gave me a number of new ideas and techniques to apply to my social network, some of which are starting to bear fruit.

But, there have been a number of trivial personal setbacks and of course the sadness caused by the tragic events in London.  All of which have taken their toll on my sewing mojo. I had so many plans this month, including a self designed outfit I was going to wear to Blogtacular, which sadly due to some rouge suppliers, I was unable to finish. Then, when news of the Grenfell Tower fire happened, somehow sewing a new skirt seemed the most trivial and pointless task. Bang, sewing mojo gone.

It has taken me the best part of the month to recoup my sewing creativity, and that is mostly thanks to Moira of Craftiosity, who included a lovely craft kit in the Blogtacular goodie bag. I will blog about the kit soon, but for now, being introduced to a new sewing material in a kit pack, allowed me to dip my toe back into the sewing pool. I finished the project in no time, learnt new skills, used new-to-me materials and have very useful, and now well used items to boot. Rediscovering my love of learning and making new things was the spark I needed to get back to my sewing machine.

So on Wednesday, whilst reviewing my insane stash of material, I rediscovered the Desert Bloom fabric, which has a red poppy flower print.  I purchased the fabric, as result of watching Siân of Kittenish Behaviour. I adore watching her videos, but they should come with a caveat – watching could make you want to purchase a load of beautiful fabrics.  It would be unfair for me to blame at least 45% of my stash being a direct result of watching Sian’s videos, but I’m not going to let that stop me!

So with the fabric chosen, I needed a pattern – I wanted to make a summer dress and so after a quick internet search, I thought I would try out By Hand London’s, Charlie Dress.  This is the result.

Poppy Dress

A review of the pattern will follow this post.

Sometimes things appear overwhelming, and rather than fight it, I’ve taken it as a sign to take a break and try something different. I have come back to sewing with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

I’m not stopping either, the next project will be an interpretation of a designer garment, so if you want to find out what it’s going to be, subscribe to Champagne Twist to ensure you don’t miss out 🙂

Thanks for reading.


Champagne Twist Destash Page – now live!


Last Saturday I hosted my very first Instagram Destash. Today, I’m pleased to announce that I’m hosting another Destash, this time on the Champagne Twist blog.


Head over to the Destash page, to seek out craft related bargains, including cards, fabrics, haberdashery, books and so much more.  The Destash page is permanent, and updated every Friday, so subscribe and check out the bargains before you miss out.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. I can only accept Paypal payments, as I think this is the easiest, quickest and safest way to do this.
  2. Postage is not included in the price and will be added on to your invoice.
  3. All measurements stated are approximate.
  4. Any defects, marks or imperfections will be highlighted as clearly as possible.
  5. To purchase an item, just fill in the form with your purchase requests.  First come, first served.
  6. I will then send you an invoice, payable immediately. Please note, dispatch can only occur after I have successfully received correct payment.
  7. All sales once confirmed are final.
  8. Packaging is free of charge – as I believe in recycling as much as possible, please be aware that the packaging will not be brand new – EXCEPT FOR BABY CLOTHING and BUTTON PURCHASES, where the inside packaging will be new.  Any recycled packaging will be of good quality and more than adequate to ensure the safe arrival of your purchases.  Postage will be charged at the lowest possible rate.
  9. I will obtain a proof of postage certificate for each parcel sent. Please allow up to 5 working days for domestic delivery after confirmed despatch and 15 working days for overseas delivery after confirmed dispatch.

If you would like to send me pictures of what you have done with the items, that would be great. No obligation, I’m just nosy and would love to see how the items will be used. 🙂

Thanks for reading, any questions, please either comment below or send me a message.

Easter Spring Dress 2017 Sew-along | Champagne Twist


Hello folks,

In addition to the #2017MakeNine sewing and knitting challenge, I’ve just signed up for the #EasterSpringDress2017 sew along hosted by Akram of Akram’s Ideas and Judith of Judith Dee’s World.

I already have the bonnet, which I have never worn – long story, will explain one day – the fabric and most of the notions.  When I dig them out from the darkest depths of my fabric stash Indiana Jones style, I will show you.  I have a pattern in mind too, again I will show you in another post shortly.

The deadline is Easter Sunday, 16 April 2017, (I believe the absolute deadline is Tuesday 18th April, but I want to wear my frock on the actual day!) so if you would like to participate you still have time, but maybe start thinking about putting your skates on.

For more information, please head over to and Please find below links to Judith’s and Akram’s YouTube channels.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing all your wonderful Easter sewing creations.