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sepia tricolore T-dress

Added Apr 12, 2011

by kana

Tokyo, Japan






A simple party dress to celebrate my best friend’s wedding! Not that I wanted it that way, but it ended up being another raw edge dress again… but I like it! It’s a no-pattern, last-minute piece of garment I’m unexpectedly satisfied with. I only measured the bottom (skirt) part of the dress to get the width of my favorite skirt. I copied the same width for the other two parts, and the literally “T” figure is to cover the upper arm in drapes. The bodice is sewn but the sleeves are left raw and unsewn. Neckline is also raw (ah, I’m so lazy…) but I pressed reinforcing tapes to maintain the original line and to prevent it from stretching. Despite my planless, hasty, lazy sewing, I think the key to success was the fabric choice; choosing knit or softer fabric for the top and crispy or thicker texture for the bottom makes the dress look 3 dimensional, rather than a T-shape.
The lace on the shoulder is a leftover from my previous dress, a German lace placemat/centrepiece, and another leftover is combined with a fake flower pin (the pin was snatched off, of course) to wear a pony tail. (photo1)
The bottom fabric was one of my favorites among my stocks I got at an interior decor shop. I think it was a curtain fabric, and I love the shiny scratchy nuance of it (does anyone know the name for these type of fabrics?)
The first 4 photos were shot under incandescent light, the last two by fluorescent.

Material Notes

glittery knit, velvet, shiny silk or polyester shantung (hoping it’s silk)




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Vintage
Knits/Jersey, Lace/Sequins, Polyester, Silk, Velvet

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    Apr 14, 2011, 01.38 PMby kana

    Thank you all!

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    Apr 14, 2011, 07.37 AMby nookie

    really sweet and love the one sided lace embellishement

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    Apr 14, 2011, 02.02 AMby emilywirt

    Cute! I love the lace detail on the sleeve.

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    Apr 13, 2011, 11.34 PMby pates

    I Love it! What a great way to have a FUN dress! An inspiration.

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    Apr 13, 2011, 04.22 PMby carottesauvage

    The mild touch of elegance! Beautiful! I hope you are well..

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      Apr 14, 2011, 01.36 PMby kana

      Hi carottesauvage! Thank you, we are OK in Tokyo (for the time being…) but there are still several earthquakes in a day and watching the interviews of people in northern Japan, it’s heartbreaking.

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    Apr 13, 2011, 02.47 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    love your dress, looks fantastic on you. I guess that kind of silky, scratchy fabric is called “shantung” “chantu” or something like that (at least in this part of the world is called that way) hope it helps.

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      Apr 14, 2011, 01.32 PMby kana

      thank you Vanessa! With “shantung”, the dictionary gave me “shantan” for Japanese so that must be it! I’m correcting my material notes :-)

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