Saturday, February 20, 2010

Looking forward to spring...

It's the middle of winter.  There is still at least 8" of snow on the ground here.  It's cold and more snow/sleet is predicted for Monday night into Tuesday morning...so what am I thinking about...SPRING!  Yeap spring...spring dresses to be precise.  See the March magazines are falling into my mailbox and they are all touting spring clothes.

Beautiful, lovely, amazingly pretty spring dresses are in magazine ad after magazine ad.   Making me long for soft gentle breezes, sundrenched days...and dresses and skirts.  Yes, I want to sew a dress so bad I can taste it!  And who wouldn't after seeing some of these lovelies:


Calvin Klein Gray Dress


Close-up of the detailing


Anne Klein white dress with lace neckline


Calvin Klein tucked sheath dress


Embroidered cotton dress from Macy's Inc. line


...and these are just the dresses that I had to tear the pages out of the magazines and hang up on my bulletin board.  I want ALL of these.  My TNT dress pattern, a little creative cutting to the pattern with a little fabric manipulation, and I, too, can have one of these designer dresses!  Now all I need is for spring to arrive!

And one quick note ~ work is getting frantically busy (which is a good thing!) but I will be around sparingly in the next couple of weeks.  

As always...more later!

26 comments:

  1. I love all of those dresses. They're pefect for spring. I want, I want, I want!!!

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  2. Wow, I love both those Calvin Kleins (with a slight edge to the grey). Hope you find a way to carve out time for some dress-making!

    As a counter to your snow, my part of the PNW is having a freakishly early, non-rainy spring...surely it won't last?...and of course I'm wishing I had more warmish-weather clothes to wear!

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  3. Those dresses are gorgeous and looking forward to your versions.

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  4. I love them all except the black and yellow one from Macys which I just saw today in the store. It looks better in the magazine ad than in person, I thought. And I'm starting a spring dress today... I don't care what the calendar says!

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  5. Great looks! Our weather is teasing us today and tomorrow with temps in the 50s!!! But a wintry mix is coming our way toward the end of the week. I love tucks!!

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  6. The Calvin Klein tucked sheath dress is fabulous. With what you can do with a dress, Calvin will be eating his heart out!

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  7. Lovely dresses and perfect for your work life. What do you do to preserve your original tnt pattern? I need to do something with my pants pattern.

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  8. Really like the Calvin Klein grey dress and thew tucked sheath dress. I might have to try creating something like that for myself :)

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  9. what is the detail on the CK grey dress exactly? Is it pleating or quilting or....? I like it!

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  10. OMG Carolyn! We are looking at the exact same dresses! I tore the same pages out! I especially love the coral dress! Either I'm going to knock that one off or go buy it at Dillards!

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  11. @Erica
    At least you can buy the dress! :) It only goes up to a size 14 on the Dillards website...so I'm going to have to knock it off!

    @Beangirl
    I think it's pleating...at least that's what I'm going to do. I have a plan already for this dress as well as fabric so you will be seeing this one sooner, rather than later!

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  12. That CK tucked sheath dress is my favorite. Hope we'll get a pattern similar to it.

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  13. I adore all the details on the dresses! I am adding lace to a dress right now. hopefully it will looks as good as your inspiration.

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  14. I'm getting excited about spring dresses too. I love your inspirational picks. The Calvin Kleins are gorgeous and the Anne Klein has got me really wanting a white dress.

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  15. Those dresses are absolutely lovely. It's never to early to dream of Spring dresses.

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  16. Those dresses are gorgeous. I love dreaming of spring dresses. Sorry you are having the winter and we aren't.

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  17. I am so far behind in my winter sewing that I will probably be sewing this summer's dresses next winter! Honestly - all I want to do is make summer dresses at this point; what I've got on the cutting table are wool jersey and the Hot Patterns clutch!

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  18. My job got changed yesterday, so dresses here I come. I haven't looked at the spring mags yet. Those dresses are da bomb.

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  19. I am sooooo craving spring dresses, too. I started one this week. And am planning to get a McCall's dress pattern when they go on sale at JoAnn's Friday.

    I have the worst case of the February blues. Hopefully some spring sewing will make me feel a bit better.

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  20. I can't start thinking about Spring yet. I still have so many cold weather clothes to make!

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  21. Look at those diagonal details! What beautiful and classic shifts.

    Spring, come on already!

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  22. All your picks are gorgeous, but I LOVE that gray Calvin Klein dress. I may have to start tearing pages out of magazines, what a great source of inspiration!!

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  23. I'm itching for sping also--suddenly I absolutely must have soft blouses and flowy skirts in my wardrobe. :)

    Those sheath dresses are lovely too, especially the detail on the CK number!

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  24. I love all of those! I'm still okay with another few weeks of chilly weather, but yeah, I'm starting to dream of spring stuff, too.

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  25. Wow! looks fantastic! still those those macy dresses? I know this is a weird question but we have an industrial sewing machine here like this one. http://www.sewingpartsexpress.com/dkn-3-dkn-3bp/ can you actually use it to make clothing for example Sewing Leather? or is it too rought?

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  26. All of those dresses look fantastic! I'm so jealous of your sewing skills. Maybe it's time I tried to learn.

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