Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ladies that lunch dress

I'm really not sure about this dress. It certainly doesn't have 'hanger appeal' but looks much better on, worn with a black singlet and black boots. The fabric is very light cotton with a metallic sheen and embroidered border. I'm calling it my 'ladies that lunch' dress because I can't see myself wearing it to the office, but would happily wear it with sandals or boots for a lunch or coffee outing.
I bought this fabric ages ago in Armidale NSW, and I reckon I needed my head read. It just isn't me. I originally planned to make a Burda coatdress with shirring at the waist. Unfortunately I didn't have enough fabric and was left to ponder what on earth I'd do with it.
I was immediately attracted to Burda Style 02/10 127 because it didn't have any seams to break up the embroidered border. I've shortened the sleeves and added a cuff to balance the border pattern on the hem.
While the look is fine, the fabric is way too light for collar. I haven't ironed or stitched down the join of the collar on the front, so it looks a little lumpier than it actually is. If I make this again, I would use a heavier wool crepe. I've never inserted in under arm zip - quite proud of my efforts on that score.

12 comments:

  1. I like the silvery look on fabrics lately. Boots with this dress sounds great!

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  2. Cute! I love the border embroidery!

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  3. Love the fabric. Nice work Gail.

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  4. I like this very much and I agree that it would look great with boots.

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  5. That's a beautiful fabric. Grays and silvers are the new black!

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  6. I really like this dress. This fabric is very unique-with black boots it will be great.

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  7. Very stylish and like how you have incorporated some of the border into the cuff.

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  8. Great dress. The fabric is beautiful - I really like the embroidered border.

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  9. The fabric is really beautiful and the style is great --- I've been meaning to make this dress. Good to know that a heavier fabric like a crepe will work well for the pattern. Love it!

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  10. Great work on thay Zipper . Having just now taken a break from my sewing after spendin 1&1/2 hours on an invisible zipper using my new I.zipper foot, I envy your results,Gail.Nice dress.Love the grey.

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  11. I'd love to see it on you!

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  12. I too love the fabric... this is a winner to me! The ladies I lunch with... slacks and blouses... you would really outclass them all! Great job!

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