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Red, hot, and silk!

Added Aug 9, 2010

by anajan

Belgrade, Serbia






I bought this gorgeous shantung silk on a discount, since it was a leftover, around 1.20m long (1.40m wide). I knew I wanted to make a dress out it, but I was restricted by the amount of fabric. So, I decided to make another variation of the Bordeaux dress. I didn’t have enough fabric for neckline yoke facings, so I used leftovers of some satin I had in my stash. It made the inside of the dress so pretty and interesting. Also, I finished the seam allowances using the Hongkong finish technique, using self made bias strips.

I am sending the dress away, before I’ve even gotten a chance to wear it – it will be featured in the SewNews magazine (available in the USA), in the April/May issue 2011. Hopefully, I’ll get my dress back soon – I’ll miss it a lot!

LAST EDIT: The last picture is scanned from the April / May 2011 issue of the SewNews magazine, where the dress was featured.

Material Notes

Shantung silk, Satin




Garment Type

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    Jan 1, 2011, 07.57 AMby marloncosta

    This dress is beautiful even inside out!!! Great idea with the facings!!

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    Aug 23, 2010, 11.17 AMby toril

    Čestitam Ana! Baš mi je drago na ovim tvojim uspjesima.

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      Aug 23, 2010, 11.19 AMby anajan

      Hvala puno! :)

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    Aug 11, 2010, 02.24 PMby libra-s

    Congratulations on being featured in the magazine! You really deserve it. This dress is gorgeous and suits u well. I’m wowed by the effort you put together for the inside!!! great job!

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    Aug 10, 2010, 08.29 AMby carolyn-s

    This is stunning! Gorgeous colour, and beautifully made. Congratulations on being asked to make a dress for the magazine, wow!

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      Aug 10, 2010, 03.49 PMby anajan

      Thanks Carolyn! Can you imagine my excitement – I found out I got a column in the magazine and that I was selected to contribute for the BurdaStyle book in a same day! That kind of coincidence doesn’t happen often :).

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    Aug 10, 2010, 12.21 AMby smallone

    congratulations Ana! on the dress, the article, and the column!

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    Aug 9, 2010, 10.32 PMby mayadaughterofsun

    Vrlo mi se dopada haljina u ovoj boji, i odlicno ti stoji!

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    Aug 9, 2010, 05.58 PMby apfelbluete

    this dress is awarded to you! and this color is particularly good! how it came about that the dress be sent away? or do you have advertised you have you been chosen? how’s your green dress? have you found the courage to wear the dress in everyday life? And More … what I wanted to know … where you saw it on the Hongkong technology?

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      Aug 9, 2010, 09.41 PMby anajan

      Thank you Apfelbluete!
      The magazine’s editor spotted me here, on the BurdaStyle, and asked if I wanted to write an article about one dress I made (the “Do you like peaches” dress). Afterwards, I suggested her to make a column where I would write about various garments I made, such as the Bordeaux dress. So, I got a column for the year 2011, and this dress will be featured in one of the 6 issues of the magazine.
      Hence, there was no competition, neither I was looking for a job, it just happened, and I think I was very lucky.
      Regarding the Hongkong techique – I saw few tutorials for it on the internet (here, on the BurdaStyle as well). It is very practical and most of all, very easy for sewing, but gives great results.
      The green dress sits in the closet and waits for me to find the courage to wear it to work. :) I will wear it to some party, it’s perfect for such occasions.

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    Aug 9, 2010, 04.11 PMby tamezdc

    Another masterpiece!!

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    Aug 9, 2010, 01.00 PMby manuelabug41

    Lepo, unutrasnjost haljine me je posebno odusevila:)Jako volim kada je i nalicje ili postava uradjena tako da se bez problema moze pokazati.Slicnu tuniku sam pre desetak dana sasila prijateljici:)

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      Aug 9, 2010, 01.20 PMby anajan

      Hvala Manuela. Cesto me mrzi da paspuliram opsivke, tako da je ova haljina izuzetak. Ali, posto ide na put, morala sam da je napravim takvom da me predstavi u najboljem mogucem svetlu :).
      Mislim da su nasi prijatelji i rodjaci srecni sto nas imaju :)

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    Aug 9, 2010, 10.02 AMby janene

    Stunning. The style and the colour suits you perfectly. I have yet to attempt anything in silk but this will inspire me for sure! Thank you for sharing.

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      Aug 9, 2010, 10.05 AMby anajan

      Thanks Janene! Shantung silk is just as easy to sew as i.e. linen is. So, if you can afford it – go for it. And the fabric is just wonderful to wear – so light and airy!

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    Aug 9, 2010, 10.02 AMby ghainskom

    Wow, congratulations! Looks real good and I like the secret on the inside.

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    Aug 9, 2010, 10.00 AMby sewella

    Bas mi je drago da cujem ovo. Nisam znala da ces da posaljes kreaciju! Haljina je predivna i fenomenalno ti stoji!

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      Aug 9, 2010, 10.03 AMby anajan

      Hvala! Zapravo, ispala je malo veca nego sto mi prija, ali nisam imala vremena da je prepravljam – kada je dobijem nazad, sredicu to.
      Dobila sam celu kolumnu u tom casopisu, i saljem im stvari za koje pisem tutorijale, pa ce uslikati i njih. :)

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      Aug 9, 2010, 10.31 AMby sewella

      Naravno, dosetila sam se odmah nakon sto sam postirala komentar da kreacija ide kao prilog kolumni.
      Nemoj da zaboravis da nas obavestis kada izade!

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      Aug 9, 2010, 10.32 AMby anajan

      Svakako! :)

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    Aug 9, 2010, 09.24 AMby magdamagda

    congrats for the featuring and a great simply eye cathing dress! i love the inside look as well!

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