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Abstract Cerulean Painterly Dress

Added Jan 25, 2013

by Jamie Lau

Brooklyn, New Yo...






As promised, here is another party outfit I made for one my book signings last month in celebration of the release of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern.

I chose a painterly print on Spoonflower by Helen Dealtry that she made in collaboration with Jenny Gordy of Wiksten. I had it printed in a cotton silk, which truly brought the colors to life with a little sheen, and made a variation of the Elizabeth Gathered-Waist Dress I designed for the book.

I photographed my project at MoMA PS1 last weekend when I attended the Winter Open House to see CONFETTISYSTEM’s new stunning installation, 100 Arrangements. I first wore this dress to my New York book signing last month at the Manhattan Textile Arts Center, where I also teach sewing and draping classes. (Check out the last two photos shot by Victor Castro of WET PAINT at my first book signing.)

In my variation, I shortened the hem on the skirt, used a center back zipper, and made slight fit adjustments to the bodice. For a cleaner finish, I did a blind hem stitch on the hem. Stay tuned to see the other two party dresses I made!

Material Notes

Cotton silk, 24" invisible zipper, fusible interfacing, coordinating thread




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Silk



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    Jan 31, 2013, 11.12 PMby disy

    What a wonderful dress!!

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    Jan 27, 2013, 09.30 PMby Meldbombs

    Interested in your classes but live in brooklyn and am not available during the week?

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      Jan 28, 2013, 12.57 AMby Jamie Lau

      Hi Melissa,

      I teach in Brooklyn at 3rd Ward and Textile Arts Center. I’m teaching a few weekend intensives in April and May, including a draping class!

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    Jan 26, 2013, 03.52 PMby velvetribbon

    Fabulous dress. Love the blue print with orange shoes. I can not wait to see your next party dress:)

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      Jan 27, 2013, 01.34 AMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks! More fun colorful creations to come! Those coral patent leather pumps are AMAZING!

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    Jan 25, 2013, 10.54 PMby lizajane09

    Amazing! I love the blue print with the orange tights.

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      Jan 25, 2013, 11.00 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks! I love bright colors!

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    Jan 25, 2013, 09.48 PMby Mary Athey

    I love.this on you.its fun flirty.and.fab x

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      Jan 25, 2013, 11.00 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks, Mary!

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    Jan 25, 2013, 06.30 PMby MegH

    Lookin’ good girl!!

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      Jan 25, 2013, 06.48 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks, Meg! Can’t wait to see your next project, too!

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