Thursday, July 26, 2012

Valentino Panel Tried 'n True Dress

While I was working on this dress, using such fine fabrics, I truly felt like I was sitting at the grown-ups sewing table.  Honestly!  See I use nice materials and I make pretty garments.  But the fabrics used in this dress, from the Valentino panel to the china silk lining are all top notch pieces.  Using them just makes me feel like I've arrived! *LOL* 

You want to see pictures of the finished dress right?  So here you go:




Stats ~
Fabric:
Valentino Silk Panel
Black Silk Satin



Photo Courtesy of Mood Sewciety Blog

Notions:
22" invisible zipper
China silk lining
Rayon seam binding
1" black lace
Farmhouse Fabrics Fusible Knit Interfacing

Sewing Machine Set-Up ~
**I used the straight stitch foot for my sewing machine.  
**The stitch length was set at 2.7
**Gutterman black thread


Construction ~
In my last post I described how I handled turning the panel into the dress front. The back of the dress and the sleeves were cut from the black silk satin which is a little heavier than the lightweight & airy Valentino panel used for the front. So I added some stay tape at the shoulder seams to assist with stabilizing the dress front and the back of the dress. After all of the work in this dress, I didn't want the shoulder seams to pull apart from strain.

The invisible zipper went in the back perfectly and then the lining was added.  For the sleeves, I cut off a 2.5" band of the black fabric at the hemline.  Then I added the 2.5" wide rose print band.  I left the band unhemmed until I could decide how wide I wanted the rose band to be.



Making Your Own Version ~
My dress is made from my TNT pattern.  If you'd like to make a similar type dress, I would recommend Vogue 8786...




I actually thought of using this pattern with the panel but didn't think I had enough of the rose portion of the panel for the front yoke.  Mood has a couple of interesting border prints, as well as an assortment of panel prints on their site that could be used to make your own version of my dress.

Conclusion ~
This dress is very light and airy.  It is amazing because the fabrics feel so wonderful against my body.  I'm thrilled that I was able to turn the Valentino panel into the vision I saw...the entire sewing journey was a joy especially since I ended up with a great new dress.

...and a few more pictures of me in the dress...


Dress back showing solid back and floral band on sleeves

Front neckline and side sleeve showing floral bands

Side view

Another view of the front

My daughter really loved how I used the print and I really hope that I did it justice.  I can't wait to wear it to work!  Finally, a parting shot...my daughter makes me laugh so hard when she's taking these pictures and then she continues to snap pictures while I'm cracking up...



...as always more later!







67 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!!! Love the way you used the panel.

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  2. This is lovely. I really like the way you've used the panel and the addition of the rose print is inspired. I am so envious of your creativity and imagination. You make me want to step up a notch or ten in my own sewing! Now you've got me thinking about what I can make this weekend ...

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  3. Very nice Carolyn! I love how you used the panel and the fabric combinations.

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  4. Breathtakingly beautiful, Carolyn. What a lovely combination of special fabrics and your great desing and sewing skills. You're one of the people who got me to make some dresses for my wardrobe and this dress will inspire so many others.

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  5. There is only one word to describe how you look in this dress: GORGEOUS! The dress is so classy and stylish. It is truly wonderful that you enjoyed working with these fabrics.

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  6. I love the way you used those different fabrics.

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  7. Stunning! You always make such wonderful things but this one is really something special. Brava!!

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  8. Oh my, that is a lovely dress. The combination of differing fabrics is just stunning!

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  9. Beautiful dress - tres chic

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  10. What a beautiful dress, Carolyn! I especially love the graphic print of the panel.

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  11. This is so elegant! That printed silk is gorgeous!

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  12. Gorgeous, Caroline! Love the fabric mix and all the soft shades with the black. Great job!

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  13. You always look so lovely. This is a beautiful dress.

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  14. This is one beautiful dress and you look gorgeous in it....

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  15. Beautiful dress and I love the mix of fabrics..

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  16. Firstly the dress is amazing. You really know how to put a look together, shoes and all.

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  17. Beautiful dress and inspiring post.

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  18. Once again you have made a very beautiful dress. Well done!

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  19. You should feel every bit like the "grown up sewer" (smile). Not surprising that this dress turned out so lovely. All your others usually do too (wink)! Nice job!!!

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  20. You should have no doubts about having "arrived"!!! Wow...it's gorgeous! I don't know how you ever picked the fabric for the bands...I never would have thought it would go together, but that floral print is ever so perfect, like a very expensive designers touch!!! ALL your dresses are beautiful, but this one is the best!!!!

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  21. High class all of the way!

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  22. Beautiful! Excellent design decisions. You continue to amaze.

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  23. WOW! I want one. I wish I had your creativity. It's perfect.

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  24. yet another lovely creation.
    BTW have you seen pattern 143 in the august burda - saw it and thought of you!

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  25. That panel is *amazing*! You did an awesome job. What a great dress to have in the closet, that you can pull out any time you need to look fabulous!

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous Carolyn!!

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  27. This is such a beautiful dress!

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  28. Looks gorgeous and I bet in those luxe fabrics it feels gorgeous to wear!

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  29. Carolyn, this is such a great looking dress! Lovely use of the panel fabric. I thought and still think that the panel fabric is awesome.

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  30. Wow! The combination of fabrics and their placement is just wonderful! This looks like a very, very expensive dress that you'd find in a high end boutique. Bravo!

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  31. Beautiful Carolyn! Enjoy wearing it!

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  32. The dress is beautiful on. I wasn't feeling the love when you showed it on the hanger. Daughters are great huh

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  33. So gorgeous!! "grown up sewing table" ... hahahaha!

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  34. The dress is wonderful and you look fabulous and happy wearing it. Nice make. g

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  35. The rose fabric was an inspired touch. You are going to feel like a queen wearing it.

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  36. ok,thats my favorite dress so far- of course, I did think taht last time, too! I want to shop with you!

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  37. Stunning, Carolyn! I'd be a wreck working with Valentino silk. You handled it beautifully!

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  38. One of my favs!!!! Luv!

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  39. Wow you are right, this one is in a totally different league and as a sewer I think you are too. Congratulations.

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  40. Man... that print. That fabric is really saying something, isn't it? Beautiful C. I love how you used the border to trim it out. Great!!

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  41. Gorgeous! I love the way you had vision to use the print this way. Fab ;) K

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  42. just beee-yoo-tiful! i love that you kept the valentino to the front panel, can you imagine the nervous wreck you'd be sitting down anywhere if not?!

    really, the way you placed those panels, gorgeous!

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  43. I so agree with Kuby on the one word to describe this dress and you in it...GORGEOUS!

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  44. Oh my gosh, that fabric is utterly beautiful! and the simple style of your tried and true pattern shows it off to perfection. This dress is gorgeous!

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  45. Love! Such a stylish and beautiful dress.

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  46. A real beauty Carolyn!A very inspiring piece!

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  47. Absolutely stunning! you look awesome.

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  48. Stunning dress. That panel is fabulous. Bravo!

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  49. Wow, Carolyn! This is one stunning dress! Interesting that you used the panel on the horizontal rather than the vertical. Was that why you fused it? I bet you feel like a million bucks in it. Well done.

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  50. I would have been terrified to cut into that gorgeous fabric so it was a good move to use it in one of your TNT patterns that you know works for you. It is gorgeous

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  51. Hi Carolyn. Your dress with the silk panel is simply stunning! You look great!

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  52. Gorgeous dress, Carolyn. It's nice to get a candid photo every once in a while.

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  53. Absolutely gorgeous dress, You really used that wonderful panel to full advantage.

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  54. What a wonderful, wonderful use of that panel fabric! I'm pinning this for future inspiration!

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  55. AMAZING use of that fabulous fabric, Carolyn! I love the solid black back, too. It's just gorgeous!

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  56. Carolyn, this dress is truly special. I love how beautifully you have fitted it and the way you've used the different prints. Divine!

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  57. Beyond fabulous. If only we could all be so stylish the world would really be a much more beautiful place.

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  58. So I was on the interwebs looking for inspiration for fabulous silk panel fabric I bought and discovered this post. It is FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC! your whole blog is creative and skillful and everything looks so wonderful. Thanks for sharing your sewing fanaticism with the world - you have inspired me

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