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Sweet as Honey, Little Black Dress

Added May 4, 2011

by sweetiepieba...

Chicago, Illinoi...






This little black sweater by Kate Spade has been around diy blogs the past few months. I really love the sweater but wanted something a bit more appropriate for spring, so I designed this dress inspired by the bee sweater.

I wanted to keep the sophisticated and whimsical feel to the dress that I got from the sweater. I chose to work with New Look 6723, version A.

Since the neckline in this version is so high, I chose to open up the back so it wasn’t so prim. I thought the three-quarter length sleeve was appropriate for chilly spring weather we have in Chicago and accented the elbows with a big satin bow.

For the bee, I looked at all the iron-ons available at local sewing shops but didn’t find anything that was sophisticated enough. Of course, most of the sequin iron-ons were pretty childish, and not the look I was after. I decided to just make my own and quickly sketched the bee onto some felt and applied hot glue and seed beads for a bit of sparkle. I drew the bee’s flight path onto the dress with some chalk and then stitched it with white embroidery thread.

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Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    May 27, 2011, 11.13 PMby ana covarrubias

    I love Your dress, are you inspired about a pattern in this page?. All in this dress is perfect!

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    May 6, 2011, 04.56 AMby pambox

    such a great dress. cute and sweet but sassy too.

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    May 5, 2011, 08.13 PMby dana-88


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    May 5, 2011, 11.29 AMby tessi

    I just LOVE it! May steal your idea of a “flight path” and use it on something…..someday……with a dragonfly, which is one of my favorite flying bugs!

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    May 5, 2011, 10.43 AMby frankiesoup

    Yay! Bees!

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    May 4, 2011, 10.36 PMby mollykatherine

    Wowza! Now thats a dress! I have been wanting to do a bee theme dress for a while too – yours is so awesome!

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    May 4, 2011, 08.36 PMby mkreinders

    Love it! Your attention to detail is amazing.

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    May 4, 2011, 08.26 PMby wonderlandalys

    I saw this on your blog earlier on today. I’m absolutely in love! Where do I start? The little bows at the sleeves are adorable. They remind me of some of the costume details from Marie Antoinette (The Kirsten Dunst movie), which is my personal best-dressed film. You did right with the cut out back, really gives the dress a more casual look, plus what a cute little surprise. And of course the bee is adorable. I love the way the flight pattern goes all the way round.

    So yeah, well done.

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      May 4, 2011, 08.31 PMby sweetiepiebakery

      Thank you :)

      I’ve tried to watch that movie a few different times, just for the style… but man, I can’t deal with Kirsten Dunst! haha

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    May 4, 2011, 08.01 PMby jrosebud

    Beautiful dress!! i just love the satin bows and bee path, awesome job!

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    May 4, 2011, 07.26 PMby Menke

    Totally love your little B-dress! very much inspired by the lovely satin bows :O)

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