Monday, July 11, 2022

It's all about the fabric...

I saw this fabric online back in late January when I was making my housedresses. I thought it would make an excellent one to wear around the house.

It's a cotton/spandex jersey knit. I purchased some...but I thought I was buying by the panel...and it ended up being by the yard. So the fabric sat while I waited for the weather and my attitude to change. It ended up being just a tad expensive to wear around the house. While I deserve to look good ummm not this good.

Now I thought this was an amazing panel print, I just didn't realize how amazing it was until I sewed it up. But may I state here that it was challenging to control the rolled edges and I cursed the fabric out several times during the construction stage.  

But it was soooooooo worth it...

This is my fourth version and I have nothing new to add to it's construction. The bodice is from Cashmerette's Washington Dress, the sleeves are from Cashmerette's Pembroke wide bicep version. The skirt is just the full width and the length of the fabric (42" for me) gathered onto the skirt and hemmed. This is a really easy sew. The finished dress is amazing because of the panel print.

A few more photos ~






I have fabric to make more of these when fall/winter returns. Indoor fabric! LOL! However, this one turned out so well that I'm planning to wear it to the NYC Frocktails in October!


...as always more later!






47 comments:

  1. Winner winner!

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  2. i haven’t been able to comment on blogger for months. It just let me do the above anonymously. I’m going to try one more time with name/url, but anyway, I do love this dress!

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  3. This is gorgeous!

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  4. beautiful dress out of beautiful fabric,

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  5. It is really beautiful. It looks great on you and the best thing I can say I want it and would wear it.

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  6. Absolutely stunning. That's all 😍

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  7. Public dress for sure. Keep twirling!

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  8. Caroline, this dress is stunning and worthy of a special event. I love that color on you it lights up your face.

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  9. Wow Carolyn--so gorgeous. The color looks so good on you. That's no house dress--for sure.

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  10. Such a pretty dress! The pattern you chose is perfect for the fabric. You look sparkly in it!

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  11. Love! Usually prints like this are in polyester. It must be dreamy in cotton. So pretty.

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  12. Carolyn, you look like a summer's day. Lovely!

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  13. Perfection, what a great use of this fabric. My favorite color. Looks fantastic on you.

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  14. Carolyn, in that dress you look like the Queen of Summer! The color, the border print, the style you chose to sew, all of it work together beautifully!!

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  15. WOW!! You look fantastic! That dress is so beautiful.

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  16. Love this and it looks wonderful on you. I have the same or similar from EOS and it was a panel. I bought two (which was about 4 yards) but haven't had the nerve to cut it yet. Jean

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  17. Short comment due to comment problems but perfection!

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  18. What a beautiful dress. I like the style and the border print. A going out to dinner dress.

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  19. Yes, so worth it. It suits you perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. This my far one of the most flattering fabrics on your body! You look SO nice in this!

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  21. Beautiful! Gorgeous color, well worth the wait.

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  22. This dress and the fabric are stunning. You chose the perfect style of dress to show off the fabric print. I had the same problem with curling edges when I was sewing a cotton knit dress recently and someone recommended spraying jersey knit with spray starch, a tip they discovered in a Craftsy course. It did work with controlling the curled edges to a manageable edge but not completely eliminating them.

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  23. What a beautiful dress! I've been following your blog for a little while and recently I decided to go back and start from the beginning. (I'm now at 2012). I am finding it very helpful and inspiring - my husband is asking what I keep reading on my iPad instead of going to bed lol. Thank you! I would recommend that any new or relatively new sewist read from the beginning.

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  24. I love how this turned out! Also, I love that you make me think outside the pattern - while I know that many of cashmerette patterns are made so you can mix elements, I would have never thought to add the Pembroke's sleeves to the Washington bodice, which fits you perfectly! Thank you for sharing your absolutely stunning dress. I can tell that even though it tried to best you, you are thrilled with the results! <3 g

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  25. It turned out beautiful. Hmmm looks like it was custom made… then again I suppose it was.

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  26. "Amazing" is the perfect descriptor.

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  27. Beautiful! You look fabulous in that color!

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous, first the fabric, and then you made the perfect dress with it. Best ever!

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  29. Beautiful dress - with incredible floral design that is just fantastic! Looks lovely!!

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  30. Beautiful dress. That's a Church dress.

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  31. Stunning! Perfect choice for the fabric and gorgeous on you.

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  32. So beautiful! I think this is my favorite make of yours.

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  33. That dress is fabulous. Would you be able to share the info on where you purchased this fabric? I'd love to purchase some for myself.

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    1. Diane - I didn't list where I purchased the fabric because it's sold out.

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  34. Absolutely gorgeous! I need to start looking for border or panel prints. You look lovely.

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  35. ONCE again I am speechless. It is beautiful and you just shine in it. Good for you.

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  36. Love how you utilized this gorgeous fabric and it is flattering to you! Interesting how you mix and match pattern pieces, too. Best part is, no one else ever has the same dress!

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  37. This is just so beautiful! I can see why you chose it for your IG profile pic!

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  38. Great dress! I made a tunic out of the same fabric and also was frustrated with the rolling edges. But in the end it was worth it. Keep on sewing. Omafoster

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