Monday, July 16, 2012

July's Project of the Month

The Trendy Lace Dress was my June Project...something that took some planning and some care in it's execution.  My July Project will be based upon the beautiforus panel print that I got from Mood in June.  Since this panel is so special, I've really taken my time and thought CAREFULLY about how I want to use this fabric and what the final project should be. 

So let's start at the beginning...I've chosen to make a dress (surprise, surprise) and naturally it's a rendition of one of my TNT dresses.  I've made this version before, The Chadwicks Dress for spring/summer... 

and as a fall/winter dress from a cream plaid boucle... 

Both versions of this dress are worn often as I think this one will be too.

My materials (all purchased from Mood Fabrics):
The Valentino Panel Print
A black silk satin for the dress back 
A grey china silk for the lining

I think the key to getting what I want will be how I cut the panel for the front of the dress.  Yes, the panel will only be used on the front with a little around the sleeves for the back.  The dress will have a solid back and I'm going with this as a "design detail" and not as an omission ala funeral clothing!

Here's a picture of my very poor sketch...

This will be my roadmap.  I've already spent many hours on the ride to and from work, planning out the cutting and construction sequences and working out alternatives, if my original ideas should not work.  I'm getting excited about laying the scissors to this piece of fabric which I will do this weekend... always, more later! 


  1. Very pretty dresses as usual! Your sketches look like I did them, LOL! Can't wait to see this completed project! BTW...that's a great use of travel time too!

  2. This is going to be one fabulous dress!

  3. Love that yellow dress. Thanks for the encourage and happy sewing on the new piece.

  4. I can see another beautiful dress in the making. I love that you are able to use your commute time for planning and productiveness. Both the dresses shown are very unique, I really like how you place the grey plaid and the piping on that dress. Looking forward as always to see the finished dress.

  5. I really love your work. I have been following your blog for about six months now, and find it quite inspirational. You have a fab personal style and I appreciate how generous you are with your knowledge. Can't wait to see your cool new creation come to life! Thank you!

  6. Looks like a great plan. Of course I can not wait to see what comes out of your very creative mind!

  7. What an intriguing plan. I can't wait to see the panel print!

  8. Oh - I am SO looking forwards to this one!

  9. From one TNT pattern advocate to another -- sung to the tune of "You gotta have heart" in memory of composer Richard Adler, 1921-June 21, 2012

    You gotta have a plan ! .....

    And drawings are the roadmaps.

  10. Oooh! It sounds wonderful. I can't wait to see the final dress! (By the way, I love how you have so many patterns that you know work for you. One of these days I hope to have the same!)

  11. Hoping to see the completed dress on my next try down from the 'hills'. Very nice blue cardigan also. Love seeing what you've been up to the past month. I always in awe of your dresses. Beautiful, always

  12. I love how versatile that cut is. Love.

  13. I love that sunny yellow dress! I can see that your new piece is going to be another great creation. You always amaze me with how much you accomplish!

  14. So pretty, Carolyn. It really does show off your precious floral print!

  15. I love the cream plaid dress and you look great in it. I love the piping details.


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