A very Daisy Dress – The Great Gatsby Sewing Challange

by Sophie


“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
― F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby

Hi Guys,

So I went to Tenerife for a little while which was why I hadn’t gotten a chance to post my The Great Gatsby dress! I finished it right before my SO and I went away and I thought it would be much nicer to take some photos of it in the sun.

I took a large amount of my inspiration from Daisy’s purple and silver dress. For some reason I kept coming back to that dress. There was something about it that I really loved. I decided to alter the Laurel pattern from Colette patterns to make the dress.



I was originally going to make it silver and lavender like the one in the film. However when I went into The Cloth Shop to pick out the fabric I wanted to use I found this really beautiful golden yellow. I fell completely in love with it. Also a very large part of me felt that if this was to truly be a The Great Gatsby themed dress that there HAD to be gold (or green) in the dress, since they’re such important colours in the book.

So along with the beautiful golden yellow I picked a cream lace to put over the dress. When I told my Mum about my colour choice she laughed at me and then said, quite knowingly, “Yellow on the inside, white on the outside. Just like a Daisy.” So I think I made a very Daisy themed dress alright!

So this is my final dress




The dress ended up being much more simple then I originally planned. However I feel that it was probably a good idea to simplify the dress. It meant that I could work on making it well constructed and I’m very happy with the result. There are a lot of firsts in this dress so I feel like I increased my sewing skills without completely overreaching.

Also here’s a photo of the pool! =)


I’m really glad I did this challenge. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. I’m hoping to take part in more of them in the future.

Hopefully I’ll have an update for you soon on the reading I did on holidays! I read a lot of books while lying in the sun.


I might do another update of the full Gatsby outfit, I’m going to try and make some super cute accessories to go with it! I’m going to be heading off to see the movie tomorrow. I’ve heard it’s not the best but it’s visually amazing.

– Sophie xo