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the glamour buff dress

Added Jul 18, 2011

by Passiona Cottee

Sydney (Inner We...






self drafted, self styled
floor sweeper dress of silk and sequins.

This is the first garment I’ve made (read: finished) by just cutting straight into fabric and modelling the pieces together – no paper, no toile! I constructed the middle sequinned section first. Then positioned the upper section onto it – and really enjoyed working with the fabric to create the pleats by hand (so much more than following pleats on a store-bought pattern!). I added the skirt last – it’s fabric that has a perfect drape: smooth, luxurious and rich.

You can see in the last 3 pics I also whipped up Ichigogirl’s perfect shrug

This is the garment for Project Runway Australia’s second challenge. I am sewing-along by completing each week’s challenge before the next week’s show. You can find out more about the challenge, follow my progress, and even join in here

Material Notes

silk faille, silk, sequin jersey, invisible zip




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic

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    Jun 12, 2012, 03.08 PMby benoaye

    oh my goodness that looks divine on you!!! absolutely gorgeous!!!

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    Sep 29, 2011, 02.20 AMby 00001

    Beautiful dress :D

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    Aug 15, 2011, 08.56 AMby ichigogirl

    Super nice, all of it! I especially like the top part of the dress, the draping worked out really well. And I’m flattered “my” shrug gets to be a part of such a sophisticated creation!

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    Jul 21, 2011, 01.42 AMby ladynunu

    I love the top of this dress. So pretty, soft and sparkly.

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    Jul 20, 2011, 03.24 AMby samandsky

    This is very beautiful. I love the sequins, I think a girl always needs some sparkle in her life.

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      Jul 27, 2011, 02.24 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Yes, sparkle! Thanks SamandSky. I am totally going to be wearing this sequin shrug with jeans!

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    Jul 19, 2011, 01.35 AMby wildflower31

    That is a very fun idea, I wish i had the skill to participate. I am going to follow your progress on your blog.

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      Jul 27, 2011, 02.23 AMby Passiona Cottee

      hey, thanks wildflower31. I hope not to disappoint!

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    Jul 18, 2011, 09.01 PMby carottesauvage

    the glamourous power of ‘softcore’ geometry! very beautiful combination of fabric!

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      Jul 27, 2011, 02.26 AMby Passiona Cottee

      You have such a great way with words! You cheeky little minx.
      oh… and I am always honoured when you comment on my garments – you are a BurdaStyle LEGEND!

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      Jul 28, 2011, 04.29 PMby carottesauvage

      you are a sweetie! am honoured you think this!x

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    Jul 18, 2011, 03.54 PMby Ooty Yaacobi

    super glamour!

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    Jul 18, 2011, 01.01 PMby turtlegirl00

    fabulous!! I love this! the color is gorgeous!

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    Jul 18, 2011, 11.30 AMby janul

    gorgeous! I think it would make a great wedding dress :)

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      Jul 19, 2011, 11.04 AMby Passiona Cottee

      oh, a wedding dress!
      hhmmmmm… so far no takers :/

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    Jul 18, 2011, 11.14 AMby pambox

    just gorgeous

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      Jul 19, 2011, 11.03 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Thanks, Pam…

      I think you are doing hand bound buttonholes because it’s couture darling, COUTURE!

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    Jul 18, 2011, 10.27 AMby freakusbzzz

    Very groovy pash. l like this better than the pink. Monty was wearing a dress of mine last night that looks almost identical to the top half. You did a great job. (he wore it backwards cause it was showing off his belly button)

    You are lucky you can wear this, I’d love to but my boobies need a little assistance.

    I can’t wait for you to “get through to the finals” .. will you do a whole collection?

    Do you think you’ll wear any of these dresses?

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      Jul 19, 2011, 11.02 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Thanks Hollie

      A collection? We’ll see if I make it to through to the finals ;)
      I really hope the occasion arises to wear this one – I would love to wear it out!

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    Jul 18, 2011, 08.55 AMby chula123

    Well done !! those different fabrics look perfect together. very glam !

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      Jul 19, 2011, 11.00 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Hey chula123, I am glad you like it!

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    Jul 18, 2011, 08.41 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    absolutely gorgeous!

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