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Silky Scotty Holiday

Added Dec 20, 2009

by loyl8

Wauwatosa, Wisco...






YEAH FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!! I made this empire waist dress for my Holiday work party. I always wanted to wear something with velvet and scotty dogs during the holidays.I was inspired by couple dresses from JCrew and Anthropologie. I found this polyester goldish black tafetta with velvet burnout scotty dogs on it on sale..so I thought perfect! I matched it with some gold silk dupioni. It is completely lined, but unfortunately in my area I could not find any gold silk I could use for lining (this was made on a short notice), so I used a light silky polyester to line the bottom part.I added inseam silk pockets (which I can’t live without) and to reinforce the empire waist I added a bias strip of the scotty dog fabric. The bottom of the dress I used a tiny zigzag stitch due to time constraints, but I think it turned out quite fine; maybe a little less thread tension.There is a black/brass zipper with a small purple jingle bell attached to the center of the back. The dress part I tightly gathered with tow rows of stitching and sewed it on to the dress. The silk top/back/ruffles were cut on the bias. I have never worked with silk before. I interfaced the ruffles and the front. I used faux leather for the straps and tied velvet ribbon in a bow to the front. I did not use a pattern for this dress. It is not perfect, but I was proud to wear it. I was going to try to add some plaid, but maybe next dress.

Material Notes

Gold dupioni silk, gold silky polyester, goldish black taffeta with balck burnout velvet scotty dogs, black/brass zipper, black/gold silk thread, some hand stitching, faux leather, black velvet, think interfacing, a purple jingle bell, and Holiday cheer :)




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic
Leather/Fur, Polyester, Silk, Taffeta, Velvet



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    Sep 2, 2010, 01.45 AMby pumpkinpatches

    cute and sexy! This is just really unique and original. The back is excellently executed and the embelishment on the front ties it all together. You are so talented!

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    Jan 22, 2010, 04.50 PMby barbaraagatha

    Oh my god this dress. It is so cute, thought-out (with the details) and xmas-y…I feel like getting drunk on eggnog right now!

    And do you know the best part of it all: you took the time to write a clear and infromative description. Thank you!!!

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      Jan 24, 2010, 12.28 AMby loyl8

      Thank you soo much for the comment..eggnog sounds great too ;.>.

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    Jan 14, 2010, 05.13 PMby beaufabulous

    What an awesome dress!! I love the fabric : )

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    Jan 2, 2010, 07.27 PMby jessier815

    i love it!! i have a little black Schnauzer/Scottie dog , it is fun to see a dress so cute and using a pattern with little doggies on it!! :)

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      Jan 4, 2010, 12.03 AMby loyl8

      ahh thank you. I love puppies ;)!!!

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    Dec 24, 2009, 11.45 PMby sunnilj9

    Absolutely darling and very sweet! Looks swell on you too!

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    Dec 22, 2009, 07.16 PMby aubreydawn

    gorgeous! :) i give you a standing ovation :)

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    Dec 21, 2009, 08.25 PMby littlevigilante

    I would just like to repeat all the comments above because I agree with them all. Fantacular job!

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      Dec 22, 2009, 02.27 AMby loyl8

      thank you soo much ;) I like that word fantacular;)

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    Dec 20, 2009, 09.28 PMby liola

    fun dress!! happy holidays!

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      Dec 20, 2009, 10.04 PMby loyl8

      Happy Holidays to you too :)

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    Dec 20, 2009, 02.33 PMby frkbustad

    You really look stunning! The dress is very elegant and fun at the same time, and all the nice details completes the story. You ought to be proud!

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      Dec 20, 2009, 10.03 PMby loyl8

      Thank you soo much for the really nice comment;) As you probably know you are your own worse critic.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 02.18 PMby mbeara

    I LOVE it, absolutely gorgeous I especially love the fabric!

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      Dec 20, 2009, 10.03 PMby loyl8

      Thank you …the puppies were soo cute and soft.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 11.37 AMby Jodi Wade

    Your dress is absolutely gorgeous! And the back is very sexy too!

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      Dec 20, 2009, 10.01 PMby loyl8

      The back was for my hubby hehe thank you

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    Dec 20, 2009, 05.59 AMby fabricaddict

    Wow it’s really beautiful!!!!

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      Dec 20, 2009, 08.35 AMby loyl8

      thank you soo much ;)

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    Dec 20, 2009, 05.34 AMby pixelink

    You really OUTSHINED yourself here, love it!

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      Dec 20, 2009, 08.34 AMby loyl8

      lol thanks

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    Dec 20, 2009, 04.31 AMby ashchaser

    That burnout fabric looks and sounds fantastic, you look so great in this too! I love how luminescent it is

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      Dec 20, 2009, 05.27 AMby loyl8

      Thank you soo much, it is really fun fabric. I never looked at the fabric like that before good eye.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 03.47 AMby calicocouture

    Ooo! I like this. It reminds me of a grown up version of little girl Christmas dresses. The fabric is great. I love the scotty dogs and the color.

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      Dec 20, 2009, 05.26 AMby loyl8

      hehe never thought of that thanks….I’m going to make my hubby a tie with the left over fabric of the scotty dogs I think so we match..I’m cheesey like that.;)

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    Dec 20, 2009, 01.55 AMby ginasophia

    I love love the dress! and super cute styling with those shoes…. so flattering

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      Dec 20, 2009, 05.24 AMby loyl8

      Thanks ;)

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    Dec 20, 2009, 01.21 AMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    ok i’m growing increasingly jealous of your non-patterned, made on short notice creations!!! i keep thinking i’ll be able to whip something together for the next party i attend, but i never quite give myself enough time, and they certainly don’t come out as exquisite as this!! you have a real vision and the talent to see it through.

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      Dec 20, 2009, 05.24 AMby loyl8

      this one well short notice for me is a week, the other one retro hot robin took 3months to finish, but thank you for the compliment ;)

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