Monday, November 26, 2012

To pocket or not to pocket...

...that was the question.  The original dress, the one that inspired my version definitely had pockets on the front.  However, I'm really NOT a pocket girl.  And while I did ponder on this and worked out two different types of pockets for the dress front, I ultimately decided that since I'm not a pocket girl there was no reason to include them.


So the dress is a basic Butterick 5147 dress made from a brown/orange tweed recently purchased.  It works with the orange turtleneck pictured above or the orange cardigan pictured below.


Some stats:
Fabric ~
Brown & Orange Rayon/Wool Tweed

Notions ~
22" brown invisible zipper
2 yards brown rayon hem tape
2 yards aubergine rayon lining
1 yard brown bias tape

I have no new construction techniques to add.  No alterations were made to the pattern.  This was a cut and sew garment ~ you know the kind that I like from a TNT pattern.  I do have one or two more versions dreamed up in the back of my mind which have slight pattern alterations that I would like to make for fall/winter.  They may show up before the season changes, they may not.


This was the first completed garment from the Thanksgiving Weekend Sew-a-thon.  A few more pics of the dress in action...



...as always more later!

25 comments:

  1. I like your tweed dress and the orange is a perfect accent color.

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  2. I love it - you look fantastic! Orange and brown are a favourite combination of mine too.

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  3. What a wonderful dress. It looks great with the orange. I'm not much of a pocket girl either - did you hear the gasps as people read that? g

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  4. So pretty !! Lovely on you and perfect with the orange. You really got a ton done this weekend! So awesome!!

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  5. Love this dress. Sometimes simple is best. The fabric looks so luxe!

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  6. A perfect dress to show off a great fabric. No pockets needed.

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  7. Brilliant colours. Personally I love pockets but if you don't like them, why go to the bother?

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  8. Is there a colour that doesn't look stunning on you? You look gorgoeus in this outfit and I am totally in love with both pairs of shoes!

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  9. Very autumnal! I like it best styled with the cardigan.

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  10. Very versatile dress. Like the brown and orange together!

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  11. Such warm rich colors. You look lovely!

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  12. Hi! I think you look very elegant with the dress by itself (no turtleneck).

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  13. perfect color pairing! i agree with julia, i love all the looks but my fave is you rocking it with just the necklace. it hangs beautifully!

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  15. Love it the outfilt. My favorite fall colors, and they look beautiful on you. Work it Carolyn.

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  16. No pockets means a fabulous handbag! You are lovely in autumnal colours - Favourite season?

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  17. Oh, these fall colors look beautiful together! I especially like the dress with the cardigan-- the extra pop of orange is so fun!

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  18. These are great colors on you, Caroline. Very flattering dress.

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  19. Such warm and cosy colours! Perfect for your fall. Lovely styling as usual!

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  20. It really "dresses up" nice without the turtleneck! I really like the versatility of this dress.

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  21. I love this color combination on you!

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  22. Oooo! Can I have one? Two of my very favourite colours in the perfect combination!

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  23. These are lovely colors! Love the shoes you paired it with as well. I love it with the turtleneck, the cardigan, and alone!

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