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Color Blocking & Zipper³

Added Jan 16, 2015

by cris orange

Vienna, Austria






Color blocking & zippers in garments are two elements that I`m fascinated of, so in this dress I decided to use both of them.

Because the zippers are meant to tale center stage, I chose a simple straight 60ies style pattern that I constructed myself. In my pattern construction book is explaine that in this case the center back should be a straight line. I made a muslin to be sure, and it looked pretty reasonable, but I had a presentiment that this could be different with the real dress beacuse of the zippers…

To be on the safe side I first basted the whole dress together. The first fitting was a desaster! There was too much fabric in the back and the horizontal zippers looked like hoops – all very unflattering, I even had to hear the comparison with the famous potatoes bag :-)

After countless trials and fittings I ended up with a deep curve in the back which looks like a straight line when dressed on – astonishing! Alltogether I took 12cm from the waistline! My original markings for sewin the zippers got lost and it was rather hard to reconstruct them so that everything remains symmetrical. Sewing those zippers wasn´t trivial too, because of the 90° angles.

Again I used couture techniques as explained in my Couture Dress with Lace & Exposed Zipper.

I´m now very pleased with the result and will wear it today to a seamstresses meeting :-)

Material Notes

Wool / Silk Organza / Silk Habutai




Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
Silk, Wool

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    Apr 17, 2015, 02.09 PMby Eryn Shields

    Wow! The dress is amazing and so worth all of the fitting you did! I love the mod look!

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      Apr 17, 2015, 05.40 PMby cris orange

      many thanx Eryn :-)

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    Jan 29, 2015, 07.28 AMby equilegna

    A return in sixty’s with current details, i love very much……

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      Jan 29, 2015, 08.39 AMby cris orange

      Yes, I love mixing old and new elements :-)

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    Jan 22, 2015, 08.28 PMby Mrs. Brunner

    Very cool!

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    Jan 22, 2015, 05.53 AMby sewing fanatic

    Looks stunningly retro and mod ;-)

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      Jan 22, 2015, 07.20 AMby cris orange

      Thank you nadia :-)

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    Jan 20, 2015, 12.17 PMby ronnielee

    Wow Cris, this dress looks amazing! All the trials and fitting have well paid off. Your are rockn’ with those boots also!! Love the whole ensemble.. Very nice job.

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      Jan 20, 2015, 04.54 PMby cris orange

      Thank you so much ronnielee! at least I now have a fitting pattern for a 60ies dress, next time will be easier :-)

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    Jan 19, 2015, 05.31 PMby manola6176

    This dress looks so couture!!!

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      Jan 19, 2015, 06.07 PMby cris orange

      Well, it IS couture :-)

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    Jan 19, 2015, 11.12 AMby libra-s

    Totally awesome !!!

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    Jan 19, 2015, 05.13 AMby rita61

    Neat dress!

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    Jan 18, 2015, 09.32 PMby RomRom

    Rocking dress!

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    Jan 18, 2015, 09.07 PMby Ivanamania

    astonishing dress

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    Jan 18, 2015, 01.44 PMby olac

    Oh, behave, yeah baby! Sorry, could not help but quote Austin Powers! Shagadelic!

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      Jan 18, 2015, 01.47 PMby cris orange

      :-)))))))))))) thanx!

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    Jan 17, 2015, 06.49 PMby seabreit

    Perfect sewing.Scary to think that zippers could lie crooked if I ever tried that. Best design I’ve seen this year…

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      Jan 17, 2015, 07.00 PMby cris orange

      Wow, this is a big compliment, thank you! Of course you can try and manage it, the main thing is to take your time and make it slowly and precise :-)

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    Jan 17, 2015, 04.46 PMby bkkmei

    Fabulous dress, and the boots are awesome.

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      Jan 17, 2015, 04.50 PMby cris orange

      That’s nice, thank you!

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    Jan 17, 2015, 08.36 AMby Irina Schwab

    Just perfect, Cris! What a fantastic project!!! Well done!

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.47 PMby cris orange

      Thank you so much Irina!

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    Jan 17, 2015, 07.54 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Fabulous my dear! :)

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.46 PMby cris orange

      Thank you dear Ellen!

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    Jan 17, 2015, 03.19 AMby floralgirl

    well done, amazing meticulously made dress. I like the colours too

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.46 PMby cris orange

      Yes, indeed I didn’t count the hours when making this dress… Thank you :-)

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    Jan 17, 2015, 12.13 AMby SassyT

    Love it!

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    Jan 16, 2015, 10.35 PMby alice9163

    Really high fashion. Well done.

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.45 PMby cris orange

      Thank you alice!

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    Jan 16, 2015, 09.30 PMby liliv-1

    Wow cris you are so talented! I agree that your dress must be the project of the week!

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.44 PMby cris orange

      Thank you liliv! This would be a dream :-)

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    Jan 16, 2015, 08.54 PMby PennyMac

    Brilliant! this dress looks so cool. And well done for sticking with it through all the fitting and alterations, I fear I would have consigned the dress to the ‘finish later pile!’. Wicked boots, too.

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.44 PMby cris orange

      Thank you Penny! Fortunately, I don’t have a “finish later pile”. When I begin a project, I MUST finish it. Otherwise I feel frustrated. Sometimes it takes very long, but time doesn’t matter :-)

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    Jan 16, 2015, 08.19 PMby chula123

    wow! tolles K|leid und supertolle stiefel!!

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    Jan 16, 2015, 07.33 PMby KikiDelivery

    What a fun dress!

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.39 PMby cris orange

      Hi hi, thank you :-))))

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.39 PMby cris orange

      Hi hi, thank you :-))))

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.39 PMby cris orange

      Hi hi, thank you :-))))

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    Jan 16, 2015, 06.45 PMby slmnstyle

    Fabulous dress and fashion magazine worthy for sure! Love the boots too, those are awesome!

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.38 PMby cris orange

      Thank you so much! I love the boots too, those are my absolute favourites and most worn boots :-) they look crazy with shorts too :-)

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    Jan 16, 2015, 06.39 PMby IDia

    A front Page project! Hope Burda staff to SEE this!!!

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.37 PMby cris orange

      Thank you IDia! Oooohhh, this would be a huge nice surprise :-)

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    Jan 16, 2015, 06.28 PMby cchristie

    Wow. What an amazing dress and so cleverly constructed with such attention to the details. This really is a designer piece!

    Added comment. I keep going back to look at this as the precision and planning in the preparation really are a lesson in sewing and drafting. It is such a perfectly executed piece of sewing. The zips are perfect!

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.36 PMby cris orange

      Thank you so much christie! Well, the zips are not absolutely perfect as I liked it to be, but for the first time I’m happy and anyway I learned a lot with this project. Next time will be even better :-)

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    Jan 16, 2015, 06.09 PMby kabunta

    Love it!

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.32 PMby cris orange

      Well, I love it too :-) thank you!

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.32 PMby cris orange

      Thaaaaaaank youuuuuuuuu!!!!!!

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    Jan 16, 2015, 05.18 PMby Mary Athey

    This is fantastic cris. The zip accents are wonderful. The there colours look great together. I have to say wow!! This is one gorgeous well designed and sewn dress. I love it. Great pics as well plus Fab boots xx

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.31 PMby cris orange

      Thank you Mary! Finally I could realise my zipper dream dress :-) I chose the colours because they are a classic combination, but for future I plan some more crazy combinations :-)

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      Jan 17, 2015, 03.48 PMby Mary Athey

      Oh I look forward to seeing them cris x

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    Jan 16, 2015, 04.10 PMby sewhotmommi

    This is stellar and those boots are killer.

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      Jan 17, 2015, 02.29 PMby cris orange

      Thank you! The boots are my absolute favourites in winter :-)

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