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Copper Metallic Brocade Sweetheart Dress

Added Jan 28, 2013

by Jamie Lau

Brooklyn, New Yo...






The color and abstract floral motif of this metallic brocade seemed like the perfect choice for sewing a special occasion dress, which I made for my West Coast book launch party last month for BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern. This event was particularly near and dear to me since it was taking place in my hometown at Britex Fabrics, a beautiful sewing and fabric emporium in San Francisco that opened its doors 60 years ago. (Check out the last two party photos shot by photographer extraordinaire Sarah Deragon last month.) I also photographed my project in SoHo.

I stayed up all night sewing before hopping on the plane. I made a sweetheart variation using the Elizabeth Gathered-Waist Dress I designed for the book. I decided to add a sweetheart neckline for a little retro flair and used a center back zipper, shortened the hemline, and made slight fit adjustments to the bodice. For a cleaner finish, I did a blind hem stitch on the hem. The metallic brocade was great for turning this flirty silhouette into a stunning evening look that shimmers under the light.

Material Notes

Metallic brocade, 24" invisible zipper, coordinating thread




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage



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    Jan 31, 2013, 05.10 PMby carottesauvage

    Great Fabric!! I prefer copper ladies than iron ones…:)

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      Feb 3, 2013, 02.43 AMby Jamie Lau

      Haha! Thanks!

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    Jan 29, 2013, 09.45 PMby nouvellegamine

    so cute! I love the sweetheart neckline.

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      Jan 29, 2013, 10.30 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks, Betty! I love that kind of neckline!

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    Jan 29, 2013, 06.23 PMby lesyoung

    love your dress and colors. great job on the neckline. looking forward to your next project.

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    Jan 29, 2013, 02.48 PMby DaveLeBlanc

    Subtle glam. I would love to make one for my wife.

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      Jan 29, 2013, 10.30 PMby Jamie Lau

      Bet she’d love it! : )

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    Jan 29, 2013, 02.10 AMby velvetribbon

    I love this variation, Jamie. Beautiful work as always :)

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      Jan 29, 2013, 03.47 AMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks so much!

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    Jan 28, 2013, 10.39 PMby MegH

    Looks awesome gurl! LOVE the fabric and the neckline.

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      Jan 28, 2013, 10.44 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks, Meg! I want to make another!

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    Jan 28, 2013, 10.29 PMby lilseamstress

    Gorgeous dress! You did an amazing job and should be very proud!!

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      Jan 28, 2013, 10.44 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks so much! I can’t wait to wear this dress again!

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    Jan 28, 2013, 11.16 AMby Mary Athey

    Fabulous.darling!!! The dress is gorgeous.on you.and.i.d.love.to pay.that fabric shop.a visit as it looks amazing x

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      Jan 28, 2013, 10.43 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks, Mary! Britex is an amazing shopping experience!

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    Jan 28, 2013, 10.30 AMby fashionfreek

    Looks really lovely Jamie and you look beautiful in it. The print and colour is one of my favs.I like the lovely floral sofa too:-D

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      Jan 28, 2013, 10.32 AMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks! Yes, the decor in that drawing room is amazing!

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