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Hot Pink and Black Laurel

Added Oct 11, 2013

by heidilea

Ithaca, New York...






This was also made for the Colette Laurel Contest in April. I had such high hopes for this one—it’s an eyelet bordered black wool Anna Sui suiting lined with hot pink shirting to make the eyelets pop, with an external jacket zipper on the back. I used the same altered muslin from the Beach Laurel to make this dress.

These were also my first altered sleeves and I increased the length of the dress 4 inches. I also lowered the neckline significantly. With these alterations, I ran into a lot of problems. This dress doesn’t sit right and is itchy, despite being fully underlined. The neckline is possibly too low, and the sleeves pull the shoulders down. Also, because of the length, I probably should have added a vent or slit, because the pressure popped one of the side seams. Also, it’s too big. Linen and wool don’t behave the same way. :P And the sleeves set badly (I didn’t finish the armholes because I had a feeling I’d have to reset the sleeves). All an all, a bit of a fail.

I have lots of hot pink accessories to wear with this, but black is no longer a good color. I have no idea if I should try to fix this dress, or pass it on to someone else. It’s sad, because it is kind of pretty.

My husband took these photos, as the Beachy Laurel ones, too. He’s got a great camera, but is terrible for taking good pictures of garments. The kitty is Noodle—my 4 year old calico. She loves her mommy and her mommy love her!

Material Notes

wool suiting, cotton shirting, flashy jacket zipper



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    Oct 13, 2013, 11.47 AMby Mary Athey

    Don’t give on up on the dress, i think the fabrics are fabulous and it is lovely on. I’m glad about that tip for the woolen and i will try it. I hope this works for you and you can sort your dress x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 09.16 AMby so-sew-me

    I know this may sound wierd but you can try and get rid of the itchiness by putting your dress in a freezer bag and leaving it in the freezer over night. This is an advice my sewing teacher gave me a couple of years ago. It worked for my woolen pants. Told you it sounds wierd. Anyway, the dress. Just give it a good press and it will look great. It is a wonderful colour combo. Do not give up on it.

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