Added Nov 28, 2010
Reggio Emilia, I...
After filling my wardrobe with plenty of blouses, this time I choose to prove my skills with a dress: I took the coffe date dress, that seemed easy, but elegant, and a basic pattern perfect to be altered. That’s what I did, opening the bodice on the front and applying buttons! I had to cut the skirt in 4 pieces instead of 2 cause my piece of fabric was very very long but not too wide, and, last but not least, I took the occasion to experiment the fabulous PIPING!!!! I used the tutorials I found here on burda, I thought making it could be long and boring, as here in italy I cannot find any ready piping in shops, so I had to make it with cord and bias tape: it was actually very easy and it worth the great result: I’ll surely use it again! When I saw it finished, I’ve decided this dress remembers me of those beautiful italian women from the ‘40 and the ’50 like Sophia Loren and Anna Magnani, that the reason of his name ^^
Actually, the fabric is vintage, found in granny’s attic: a very very light pink cotton toile, with dark red and white designs printed on it. The bodice is completely lined with the same fabric, and the waist line and the neckline are underlined with the piping, and the same bias tape covers the buttons!
PS: in the pics it seems very large because of the dummy that is two sizes smaller :)
cotton, bias tape, buttons
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