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Added Apr 14, 2015

by cris orange

Vienna, Austria






This is my interpretation of a Chanel dress.
The checked fabric was a remainder of only 1m.
Initially I planned to make it into a jacket, but later this seemed to „normal“ to me.
For a dress on the other hand there was not enough fabric…
Then I remembered I had in my huge stash a piece of red color-coordinated leather.

The pattern is self-constructed – I have the most fun in this activity :-)
As diversification I put the zip on the front – why must it always be on the back???
Because the zip is separable, you can open the dress completely, so you can easily put it on and off, without ruining your hairstyle or smearing lipstick.

On cutting the fabric I paid a lot of attention that the ALL lines match together all around the dress – after a while pushing the pattern pieces on the fabric it worked.

The dress has again a silk organza interlining for more stability and a silk lining.
All edges are bound with jersey. Initially I planned leather for this, but with the thick and stiff leather it had been impossible.

As a finish detail I´ve hand-sewn 6m of golden chain alongside the seams.
I bought the chain in internet and only the 5. order delivered the proper chain – as colour and size. Now I have a chain stash too :-)

I must confess I DO LOVE this dress!!!
I already weared it in „public“ and it was very admired… even someone asked me if it was a Chanel!!! :-) :-) :-)

Material Notes

Leather, Boucl: Wool, Cotton, Linen / Interlining: Silk Organza / Lining: Silk Habotai




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Leather/Fur, Silk, Wool

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    Apr 20, 2015, 05.52 AMby sewing fanatic

    groovy dress, looks standout!!

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    Apr 19, 2015, 07.51 AMby IDia

    Great dress and the fact that YOU made everything including pattern makes it one of a kind! Xx

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      Apr 19, 2015, 09.59 AMby cris orange

      Thank you IDia! Indeed constructing patterns is what I most like in the process :-)

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    Apr 17, 2015, 02.07 PMby Eryn Shields

    Wow!! It’s beautiful inside and out! All of these personal touches you added are really what sewing is all about! I’m glad you had fun doing this, it shows! And yay for consider your lipstick and hair when installing the zipper!

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      Apr 17, 2015, 04.59 PMby cris orange

      Thank you so much Eryn! yeah, I really had fun and no stress :-) and I always put an extra long zipper on my dresses, so I can “step in” :-) I found this much better than putting a dress on over the head :-)))

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    Apr 17, 2015, 05.15 AMby slmnstyle

    Incredible dress, inside and out! I love how you design your own patterns, you do such great work!

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      Apr 17, 2015, 06.24 AMby cris orange

      Thank you! I also love designing patterns, it means freedom to me :-)

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    Apr 15, 2015, 11.43 AMby alice9163

    This is an awesome dress. The lines are so symmetrical; you’ve done an excellent job. What great style and class!

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      Apr 15, 2015, 11.46 AMby cris orange

      Thanx a lot Alice’

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    Apr 15, 2015, 10.44 AMby Irina Schwab

    It is a true work of art! And the details and work you put into it really show! Congratulations!

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      Apr 15, 2015, 10.52 AMby cris orange

      Thank you Irina! It makes me happy that YOU say that! :-)

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    Apr 14, 2015, 09.15 PMby Mokara

    This is an awesome dress Cris. I love the fabrics / trim combinations & it’s beautifully done.

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      Apr 14, 2015, 09.41 PMby cris orange

      Thank you Mokara, I’m very happy you like it! :-)

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    Apr 14, 2015, 07.59 PMby elletjebee

    Absolutely beautiful and so beautifully made!

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      Apr 14, 2015, 08.03 PMby cris orange

      Thank you so much!

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    Apr 14, 2015, 07.31 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely my dear! :)

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      Apr 14, 2015, 07.33 PMby cris orange

      Thank you Ellen! :-)

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    Apr 14, 2015, 06.02 PMby Mary Athey

    It’s beautiful cris, your attention to detail is what makes this so fabulous. It looks fantastic on you. All I can say is bravo. It’s a work of wearable art x

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      Apr 14, 2015, 06.52 PMby cris orange

      Thank you so much Mary for this lovely compliment :-) :-) :-)

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