Sunday, July 6, 2014

Belcarra Bling Dress



Now that I had completed my first Belcarra, the old cogs in my brain kicked into action and I was keen to explore other ways of utilizing this versatile pattern.  I had vision of stretch velour in a tunic type of dress and just for fun, throw in a bit of bling to mix things up a bit.  My inspiration was this tunic dress sold at Kimberley's.

In the back of my mind also, was Courteney's birthday and I wanted a dress with a casual vibe to wear to her celebrations.

I purchased  on Trademe a two metre piece of the most gorgeous stretch velour with a lurex silver thread running through it in a checkered pattern.  This time I simply cut the top longer to dress length.  I didn't take into account when buying the fabric though, that pesky check.  It did not want to match up!  I did the best I could with the matching but if you look closely it is far from perfect.  I felt the neck on my last top was a little wide so for this version I simply reduced the binding seam allowance to a scant 1cm instead of the recommended 1.5cm.  Once again I used stretch satin as my binding of choice which meant no cutting on the bias, 
excellent!



Will I make this pattern again?  Well, yes, definitely.  I might even make it up as Tasia intended!

18 comments:

  1. Great use of the pattern - your Belcarra dress looks very classy. Definitely party appropriate!

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    1. Thank you! Class and simplicity sounds like my ideal dress.

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  2. A lovely winter party dress. Bah to the pattern matching, everyone will be too dazzled to notice!

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    1. Thank you! Something along the lines of Bah was exactly what I said when matching those checks!

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  3. I really like this top as a dress. Very versatile pattern and you have taken full advantage. Fabulous dress.

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    1. Thank you! I like the style so much, it may reappear as a summer dress.

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  4. This pattern makes a great dress. Perfect for a winter party

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    1. Thank you! Winter parties I find difficult to dress for. Luckily this dress has party and reasonable warmth covered.

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  5. This fabric is amazing, and the pattern is perfect to let the fabric shine. It's a beautiful party dress

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    1. Thank you! The fabric was a lucky find. You are right, it needed a simple style.

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  6. This is stunning. You might need to hide it from your daughter though ! I am attracted to bling as well. My mother has some cream chiffon with small gold dots I would love to steal.

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    1. Thank you! The cream with dots sounds gorgeous! My daughter is getting increasingly good at stealing my stuff, so hiding it may be wise.

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  7. Great dress Andrea, I love the fabric and the idea of a Belcarra dress is just genius!

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    1. Thank you! I may need to keep my eye out for more suitable Belcarra dress fabric.

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