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Working 9 to 5

Added Mar 20, 2011

by caramia-made

British Columbia...

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Description

What a way to make a living!

This office-appropriate dress is based on the 9 to 5 dress from the Built By Wendy Dresses book (which I would highly recommend to intermediate sewists and beyond). The book suggested making this dress out of an orange linen, but I ended up using a pastel orange twill. I think my fabric choice still works alright, but in hindsight I should have not bothered with the interfacing on the sleeve facings… it’s a bit too stiff for my liking.

I pretty much followed the book exactly, except that I added 2 darts in the back to reduce some of the volume on either side of the zipper. (This is also the first time I’ve used a zipper foot to install an invisible zipper and it looks frigging fantastic). The book suggested making a belt out of the same fabric, but for now I just styled it with a dark brown skinny belt I already had. I also ended up making belt loops to keep the belt in place better so it wasn’t floating randomly around my torso ;)

I’m still not 100% sure about the colour. I really like orange a lot (and I loooooove pastels, especially for spring) but I think this shade might wash me out. Luckily I get pretty dark in the summers (hooray for Spanish bloodlines!) so I think it will look better then.

ps: Sorry the photos are kind of blurry… I guess the lighting wasn’t too great today (too bright out).

Material Notes

Orange lightweight cotton twill

Difficulty

Novice

Categories

Season
Spring
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Business, Classic, Preppy
Material
Cotton

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    Mar 22, 2011, 12.56 AMby caramia-made

    Thanks very much everyone! :)

    And yes kristasmom831 I would DEFINITELY recommend this book, it has lots of cool ideas and it shows how 3 patterns can make such a huge variety of different projects! Love it!

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    Mar 21, 2011, 06.33 PMby kristasmom831

    I love this dress! The fit is great on you, as is the color. Thank you for sharing where you got the idea! I will definitely be investing in that book!

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    Mar 21, 2011, 12.19 PMby erica-penton

    Great dress! The fit really is perfect!

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    Mar 21, 2011, 12.59 AMby leahfranqui

    It’s lovely, and the color works very well!

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    Mar 20, 2011, 11.52 PMby laelw2000

    the dress is beautiful and it fits you perfectly. I agree about the sleeves, they could be more drapey. The color will be perfect for spring.

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