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Pinstripe Rooibos

Added Oct 5, 2011

by threadsquare

Somerville, Mass...






I finally finished my Rooibos dress, after an unheard of three muslins. Well, two were redos of the skirt section only, but that is still quite a lot of preparatory sewing for me! I did a little stash busting for this, using a grey woolen pinstripe that was purchased several years ago. To tie in even more with my fall sewing palette, I made chartreuse piping and the facing has some navy in it. In denial of the wool’s itch factor at first, I eventually did a sort of half lining in silk habotai (the facing was already sewn in, and I really liked the corner points).

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Material Notes

Grey wool suiting, cotton piping & facing, fusible woven interfacing, China silk lining, invisible zip, fabric covered button



Related Techniques


Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Classic
Cotton, Suiting, Wool


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  • Roni_large

    Apr 14, 2012, 09.48 AMby ofec

    I love the perfectly matching stripes and the unconventional use of this suiting fabric. And the fitting is great.

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    • Cali_large

      Apr 17, 2012, 07.24 PMby threadsquare

      Thanks! I think Colette sizes pretty generously, and was surprised at how much I needed to take it in.

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    Oct 17, 2011, 12.50 PMby integerclub

    This looks beautiful, I love the unexpected pops of colour from the facing and piping!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 08.26 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    wow! what a dress and i love the way you model it very much to! great photos of such a lovely outfit! bravo!

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    • Cali_large

      Apr 17, 2012, 07.23 PMby threadsquare

      Thank you! It’s so fun to wear – office-appropriate, but not boring :)

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    Oct 11, 2011, 07.45 PMby berniebird

    This dress is gorgeous, lovely mix between the green piping and pinstripe. Nice one! :)

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    • Cali_large

      Apr 17, 2012, 07.22 PMby threadsquare

      Thanks :) Had to have fun with all that grey.

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    Oct 9, 2011, 05.59 AMby nessys

    Darl – you look super demure and super sexy in this dress – fits you fantastically. I love, love, love the contrast and you have done a fab job in your finishing. That piping is PERFECTION! And that button – such a lovely embellishment! I adore this! xxxxx

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      Oct 11, 2011, 07.22 PMby threadsquare

      Aw, thanks Nessy! Demure & sexy is exactly what I had in mind…haha! If only I had that much forethought!

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    Oct 7, 2011, 09.08 AMby carottesauvage

    Waow!!! you look so elegant!

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    • Cali_large

      Oct 11, 2011, 07.20 PMby threadsquare

      Oh, thanks so much :) Your triptych trousers are the definition of elegant!!!

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    Oct 6, 2011, 11.24 PMby cyndi-de-crafti

    Very nice dress. Love how there’s fun print peeking out on the neckline that contrasts with the rest of the dress. Nice pairing with the shoes too, they are cute! :)

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    • Cali_large

      Oct 11, 2011, 07.17 PMby threadsquare

      Thank you! I love color, but I also love grey, so figured this would be a good chance to play with a classic suiting.

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    Oct 6, 2011, 01.18 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    the dress is beautiful and the pictures look like profesional shoots from a fashion magazine, great job on both things!!

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    • Cali_large

      Oct 11, 2011, 07.15 PMby threadsquare

      That’s so sweet… I’ll have to pass that on to my hubs, as he’s the guy behind the camera, dealing with me constantly running back to see if I look ridiculous :)

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    Oct 6, 2011, 06.09 AMby urbandon

    Very stylish, beautifully made and expertly modelled!

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    • Cali_large

      Oct 11, 2011, 07.14 PMby threadsquare

      Aw, thanks! I hate the modeling part of the process :P

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    Oct 6, 2011, 02.15 AMby gaviccaabri

    Nicely done!

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    Oct 6, 2011, 01.06 AMby patti-r

    Great job on your tea dress!!!

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