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Swallow dress based on the Alexander McQueen pattern

Added Aug 31, 2014

by Irina Schwab

Aylesbury, Unite...






I fell in love with this silky swallow print fabric and I intended to make another Alexander McQueen top.

I am simply intrigued by the simplicity and effectiveness of buttons in this butterfly wings pattern. The original pattern has 7 buttons at the front and 8 at the back, I believe I added a little bit more than that!
I have used a swallow buckle belt and Valentino Garavani gold satin sandals to accessorise it.

The back of the dress is more spectacular, with the string of buttons going along the spine.

I initially wanted to use white pearls for buttons, instead I used orange simple dots of colour on an already satin finished fabric. The buttons simply blend in really nicely.

I like the subtle sheen of this fabric and the colour theme, however – I must confess – it was so difficult to work with it. It took a lot of patience to align and stitch all those button loops, but there we go!

Hem needs to be finished, I wanted to take advantage of the afternoon sun before we get more rain!

More on my blog www.dreamdressuk.com

Material Notes

silk satin, plastic buttons




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic
Chiffon, Silk

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    Sep 13, 2014, 07.12 PMby Byanka Ayala

    Great dress. Really like the fabric and Button detail in the the back.

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    Sep 3, 2014, 05.24 PMby libra-s

    What a lovely fabric and beautiful dress! Very flattering on you!

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    Sep 1, 2014, 04.44 PMby cris orange

    such a lovely dress! it doesn´t need to be longer :-) also love the silk fabric, are you sure you it´s on your “avoid” list??? :-)

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      Sep 1, 2014, 09.10 PMby Irina Schwab

      Oh, it drives you crazy! Soooo slippery! I don’t think I have the patience :-) I would more readily work with wools!

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    Sep 1, 2014, 10.03 AMby ruthiesews

    My compliments, both on the lovely dress and your patience on doing all those button loops. The dress is stunningly sexy without showing too much skin. Great job !

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      Sep 1, 2014, 05.09 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you so much, that’s encouraging xx

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    Sep 1, 2014, 12.43 AMby slmnstyle

    This is so pretty, the dress and the fabric! Very nice job!

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    Aug 31, 2014, 10.24 PMby liliv-1

    Fabulous fabric and dress. Great legs as well. And I love your sandals!

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      Sep 1, 2014, 09.11 PMby Irina Schwab

      I know… they are quite rare, they are genuine Valentinos – vintage

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    Aug 31, 2014, 09.18 PMby kelerabeus

    Oh, I had the exactly same idea to make Alexander blouse into a dress! Yours turned out great, the swallow print is adorable.

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      Aug 31, 2014, 09.27 PMby Irina Schwab

      I would have liked to make the skirt a bit longer, but I only had 1.5 m of fabric!!

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    Aug 31, 2014, 08.48 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Beautiful dress – and beautiful fabric! Love the back! :)

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      Aug 31, 2014, 09.28 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you, Ellen. Another impossible fabric on my “avoid” list!

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