Monday, November 12, 2012

A Tweed Flare Dress

As I've slowly been putting fabric back into the shelves, this new piece didn't make it onto one.

Rayon Wool Heather Stretch Twill Suiting
and brown invisible zipper

I purchased it because I wanted to duplicate this Lafayette 148 dress...

After some thought, I decided not to add a metal zipper to the back.  When I wore my Jason Wu dress, I never took off my cardigan.  Even though it's a cool application, it's not something that will be shown often, so no need to apply it to this dress.

I'm starting with my Butterick 5147 dress pattern.  It's getting quite a bit of a work out this season, isn't it?  But I like the flare skirt and it will work alone or with a turtleneck and I have the perfect orange turtleneck to wear with it.  So this is my next project and I still have a few design decisions to make.  I'm not sure if it will go with the City In Winter separates, but that's fine.  Like I said before, I can wear it with a turtleneck or with an orange cardigan that I already own.

It will be a wonderful new addition to my work wardrobe!  Oh and one other thing, the RTW version of this dress costs $648 and doesn't come in my size (which is unusual for Lafayette 148 because he designs great plus size garments!) I will make my version for about $50.  That's a great deal...dress I want in the color and size I want...but for a fraction of the designer price! always more later!


  1. This will be a stunning piece in your closet. I'm sure it will be added soon. Can't wait to see the final dress. g

  2. This will be one of the most worn garments this winter, I predict. I love it and with orange you will look gorgeous!

  3. Nice! Will you do pockets? I love pockets, not so much making them as using them. lol

  4. I am a fan of a few years. I like this idea of such a dress. What kind of lining could be used with a lightly stretchable fabric? In Florida? Thanks for sharing your skills!

  5. I know your dress will be great. Looking forward to seeing it.

  6. Looking forward to seeing this dress. The fabric is beautiful.

  7. I just want to let you know that your blog constantly inspires me. I have no time for sewing right now, but i can't wait to get back to it, and your posts help me be patient, because I learn so much from you. I love it all - tips, planning advice, photos, election and life posts. Thank you.

    1. Well said Kathy, I too am constantly inspired by Carolyn's pieces and posts. Can't wait till I can find the time to sew myself.

  8. You are off to a great start; beautiful fabric and nice style. At a saving of nearly $600.00. You can't beat that. Lol

  9. This is going to be the perfect garment. Love that fabric!

  10. LOVE that fit and flare-ish look of this dress! I may have to flat out copy (uh, be inspired) by you, Carolyn!


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