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Nautical Silk Dress

Added Aug 29, 2013

by zilredloh

Chicago, Illinoi...






I used vintage Butterick 7651 for this dress.

Cutting out all of my fabric took at least 3 separate evenings. The skirt is made up of eight gores. Originally it was only 6 gores, but I separated the center front and center back piece (cut on the fold) into 2 separate pieces. I wanted to have a center front seam line in order to create the chevron pattern that would fall in line with the center front of the bodice.

This dress is quite intricate, so if you’re looking for more details please hop on over to my blog: http://zilredloh.com/2012/04/18/butterick-7651-my-nautical-inspired-dress/

Material Notes

Silk fabric, organza for stabilization, bias binding, horsehair braid for hem, etc.




Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage

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    Oct 31, 2013, 05.42 PMby zilredloh

    Thanks so much you guys! I have to admit – I actually had no idea this was 100% silk fabric when I made the dress, I only found out a few weeks after when I saw it on Mood’s site. The hand feels like a very sleek cotton sateen as it has a crisp yet smooth texture – just like any cotton sateen would… It made me love the dress even more so after the fact.

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    Oct 30, 2013, 04.41 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely dress! :-)

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    Oct 30, 2013, 01.04 PMby nrobson

    like it, romantic x

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    Oct 29, 2013, 10.04 PMby cris orange

    wow wow wow!!! this is a fabulous dress! the fabric is amazing and your work – perfect. All these lovely details inside and outside. And the stripes match perfectly. And you look so gorgeous and happy :-)

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    Oct 29, 2013, 08.10 PMby zilredloh

    Thanks so much Mary & Rita!

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    Oct 29, 2013, 05.30 PMby rita61

    Nice dress; nice colour combination.

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    Oct 29, 2013, 03.18 PMby Mary Athey

    This is just gorgeous and i love your photos. The fabruc’s lovely and you did a smashing job on the stripes. My favourite photo is the one before the lining. Fabulous x

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