Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Take Two



After the last success with this style of dress in striped fabric, I was keen to make a summer version.  I have had this gorgeous piece of cotton lycra in my stash for a couple of months.  I love this fabric so was a little scared about cutting into it.  Whatever I made out of it, it had to be a success. 

Once again, I used New Look 6071. I really like the mock wrap of this dress and the way the neckline sits neatly and is not too revealing.  Perfect for busy Mum activities.

My original plan was to have a short sleeved version but after cutting out my bodice pieces, I realised that the stripes did not line up so I ended up using the fabric allocated to the sleeves for the new bodice pieces.  Instead I added a band cut in the opposite direction and just over locked to the arm opening and top stitched.  I actually like this look better.  Striped sleeves may well have overwhelmed this dress.



This is how I wore this dress on Monday to walk the dog to the shops, cheer my son on at Touch Rugby, and an evening swim meet.

I particularly like knit dresses.  They are just like my favourite comfy tee and can be dressed up and down as the occasion demands.  With flats, this dress took me everywhere I needed to be in comfort on Monday.  With a pair of heels, I would have felt equally at home in a restaurant or bar.  In my quest to inject more colour in my wardrobe I think I may have set the bar high with this dress.  I can't begin to imagine a dress more cheerful.

14 comments:

  1. Another winner - great pattern and fabric match. It really does look like a perfect summer dress.

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    1. Thank you. If the current weather continues, I know it will be a favourite.

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  2. Stunning! The sleeve bands were a great idea.

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    1. Thank you. I didn't want to overdo the orange, hence the pink edge.

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  3. I can see why you love it so.. it is GORGEOUS! I love love love the colours :)

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    1. Thank you. I love the colours as well. This fabric sold out super quickly and I can see why.

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  4. Fantastic! Love everything about this dress! You've definitely set the bar high - the colour looks wonderful.

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    1. Thank you. I like it when I set the bar high. I hope my next creation is as successful.

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  5. LOVE your blog! I will be coming back and nice job btw!

    xo
    Mimi G

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  6. I love this dress! The stripes work well with the pattern and the colors are rich. I think I need to make this again in stripes too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you! I like the stripes too and I think this may now be my favourite dress. I did however find matching the wide striped on a challenge.

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  7. Your new tankini and this dress are both gorgeous. I love the fabric you have chosen for each of these. The dress looks stunning on you, I just hope you didn't distract the touch rugby team, what with looking so fabulous and all!

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    1. Thank you. I hope I didn't distract them as well! They are only nine years old! It would have been a little disturbing lol!

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