Added May 4, 2011
This little black sweater by Kate Spade has been around diy blogs the past few months. I really love the sweater but wanted something a bit more appropriate for spring, so I designed this dress inspired by the bee sweater.
I wanted to keep the sophisticated and whimsical feel to the dress that I got from the sweater. I chose to work with New Look 6723, version A.
Since the neckline in this version is so high, I chose to open up the back so it wasn’t so prim. I thought the three-quarter length sleeve was appropriate for chilly spring weather we have in Chicago and accented the elbows with a big satin bow.
For the bee, I looked at all the iron-ons available at local sewing shops but didn’t find anything that was sophisticated enough. Of course, most of the sequin iron-ons were pretty childish, and not the look I was after. I decided to just make my own and quickly sketched the bee onto some felt and applied hot glue and seed beads for a bit of sparkle. I drew the bee’s flight path onto the dress with some chalk and then stitched it with white embroidery thread.
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