Tangoed, Charlotte Kan Tiedress

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Hello, it's been awhile but I've been on a Netflix, non sewing binge! Anyway, back in the sewing world Me -Made May is currently in full swing, I haven't taken part because I know I just don't have enough me made clothes, but this is was the first time I've taken a me-made with me on holiday. I can't wait to have enough clothes I've made to wear a me-made daily and I am enjoying following (stalking) the MMMay16 tag.

These pictures are now far from the reality of where I'm currently sitting, although London is being especially lovely this week. These pictures where taken in Marrakesh and now I understand why so many artists where inspired by the city, it's a vibrant, beautiful place.

The Pattern

This is the Charlotte Kan Tie dress, I've sewn this pattern before and I have it on my, ever increasing list, to sew up a winter version with longer sleeves. However, Charlotte updated the pattern from the previous one I bought and I gave it a look over and thought it would be the perfect pattern to stash bust with.


Charlotte revised the patterns instructions and it is far more beginner friendly with less guess work than before and I even attempted the pocket, got to love a good pocket, which I didn't before because it's a bit of a complicated one and the previous instructions were too vague for me.

The fabric

I have no idea what type of fabric I used. It photographs as ridiculously orange, which it absolutely is. From a distance you can just see bright orange approaching. Which is why I chose a different fabric for the ties to try and tone down the colour…but which colour really matches with orange that tones it down!! I'm really on a mission to not buy fabric unless I really need it, so I went through my entire fabric stash and this burnt orange/brownish, sheer fabric was the best of the bunch. It's not the most groundbreaking of colour combinations but it does make me feel less Tangoed.



I sewed up size small with no problems. Whilst making the bias binding the fabric stretched almost by double and I'm sure the fabric stretched whilst I was making this too. So this version is baggier than my last but I'm not too fussed about that. However, I am now going to always ask what type of fabric I'm buying so I won't have these surprises.


To further try and break up the colour and make the dress a little more interesting I added a seam at the back. This idea came from the layout plans given on the pattern instructions for people with narrow fabric.


If anyone owns and collects Burdastyle magazine as much as me you know Burda always add a random back seam as a design feature and I felt the Burda spirit in me when I made this little change.

I also took 10 cm off the length of the skirt.


Having not been able to sew for a few month, I'm now happily beside my sewing machine re watching Futurama while I sew. Bliss.

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21 thoughts on “Tangoed, Charlotte Kan Tiedress

  1. megsewing says:

    haha thank you! It’s literally my dream to be in a Burda magazine as one of their star makers! Need to start sewing from my mass of Burda patterns!! xx

  2. Chantal L. says:

    You sure do have a knack for color! You look as if you came straight out of a Burda photo shoot. The headline would be “Moroccan Day Trip”. I love this dress.

  3. megsewing says:

    Thank you! It was a frantic make especially for this holiday! 🙂

  4. megsewing says:

    Thank you! now when I travel I look for fabric shops and photograph places haha

  5. megsewing says:

    haha yes! the juggle is so hard! I definitely can’t balance sewing with a normal life!
    Thank you, this is gonna be my summer dress for 2016 🙂

  6. megsewing says:

    Thank you! I was scared of Orange too!! but I’ve seen so many people wearing Orange this winter I’m sure more people can pull it off. 🙂

  7. megsewing says:

    haha thank you!

  8. Tangoed or not this is great.

  9. Georgia says:

    Lovely dress, it really suits you! I wish I could pull off such a fab colour! Also those tiled walls are amazing 😍

  10. sil says:

    I love drapey designs! The colour is sends a holiday vibrant mood. Also, I’m all for non-sewing binges!! Constant juggle…to sew or to ___________? (Netflix/reading/social/study/housework/sleep etc)

  11. sewchet says:

    Fabulous dress in an equally fabulous colour which looks great against the Moroccan backdrop:)

  12. Charlotte says:

    Love the dress & these beautiful photos – bet it was perfect in the sun in Marrakesh

  13. megsewing says:

    Thank you! i love a comfy dress! It’s so nice to wear in the heat 🙂

  14. megsewing says:

    sewing is really the best therapy! It’ll be great to catch up 🙂

  15. megsewing says:

    Thank you! Go for it! I would love to see your version. There aren’t too many pictures of this on the internet and I would love to see this in other fabrics. 🙂

  16. Love this! It looks so comfy!

  17. Gema says:

    That looks just beautiful on you! Great colour choice – why not bring on the brights? Hey, it’s what summer/holidays were made for! 🙂 And such a triumphant return to sewing- congrats xxx

  18. fabrickated says:

    Thank goodness your ailments and operations are behind you now, so that you can get behind the sewing machine. Really nice dress, colour and setting. See you soon PW!

  19. This looks like the perfect holiday dress, I love the colour too! I think I got this pattern a while ago but after this I need to print it out and knock one up for my next holiday! Yours is gorgeous 🙂

  20. megsewing says:

    Thank you! I was googling orange dresses online for ages to see if it wouldn’t be too much but I’m happy with it.
    Marrakesh was amazing, go! We’re planning to go back next year for longer and see more of Morocco but it was just the best place.x
    Really looking forward to catching up! and I’ll see you there. Are you going to the GBSB pub screening? x

  21. Caroline says:

    Wow. The orange looks lovely with your skin tone and hair and I think the sheer fabric ties work really well. This dress is beautiful and the setting of the photoshoot is breathtaking! I definitely need to visit there!
    Glad you are back to sewing and thinking about your next make. I look forward to catching up on the 3rd June.

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