3.11.09

Spring Florals




For many, the Melbourne Cup is a day to dress up in your finest frock and sip champagne whilst watching a televised horse race.  I had no plans for the Melbourne Cup this year, but it was my first "free" day in a while, so I thought I would spend it making a frock whilst everyone else wore theirs.  Then yesterday, I got a last minute invite to lunch.  I was kinda attached to the idea of sewing this dress, so I started it last night and finished it this morning (well, almost, the facings still need to be stitched down), and was only 20 minutes late for lunch.

The fabric:  A very fine, floaty cotton from Gardams, in Brisbane.

The pattern:  Originally I had planned to make this fabric into a tunic-style dress with long sleeves, but I decided that the print was a bit too bold for that much coverage.  Prints are always a bit tricky, so I flicked through some old Vogue magazines for inspiration and found a simple style by Dries Van Noten, in his SS2007 collection.  He uses the most gorgeous prints in his collections, to great effect.  I drafted the pattern myself, though I think that there are similar styles in the pattern books.  His model wears the dress below her knees.  Mine is not that long, but I have a very deep hem, so I could lengthen it easily.  Mostly I will wear this dress a summer every-day dress.

I have a close-up of the strap detail below.  It is actually a double strap, with the green strap cut on the bias, only because I patching together scraps to get enough fabric.




9 comments:

  1. Pretty dress. I like your fabric. I hope your horse placed in the race. Me, I didn't even watch. Too busy sewing :) plus I had a housefull of kids because of the public holiday.

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  2. Very cute dress. It has a definite summer feel :-)

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  3. Very fun and tropical. Looks great with the shoes too! I finished a dress today too. I don't quite know what I think of it yet.

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  4. Very pretty. I love your fabric choice and the double strap details.

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  5. That is a great way to use a large print. I have been eyeing off that fabric at Gardams and was wondering how it could be used. Good tip... thanks! Your dress is really cute and I hope you enjoyed your lunch. I had to work this year but totally think I need to do the ladies lunch next year!

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  6. How summer looking: lovely dress (getting a cold feeling only looking at it now, it was a very cold day here).

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  7. Ooooh gorgeous dress Katherine.I love the print, colours and the strap detailing and doesn't it go back perfectly with your new shoes?

    great look. hope you had a lovely lunch.
    x

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  8. Fabulous cotton. This dress would have been perfect in yesterday's heat.

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  9. It looks great and how satisfying to be able to whip it up just in time. It shows off your fantastic pins - the envy of women the world over.

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