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The (sort of) couture dress, happy now :)

Added Aug 19, 2012

by jennyrecorder

Perth, Australia




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I needed a dress quickly for a school function. Instead of cutting into the silk I have bought for the Susan Khalje Craftsy Course, I made a third toile instead using some lovely teal-green rayon.
It fits, it looks nice-ish; but I don’t think I’ll be using this pattern for the real dress, I just don’t like it enough to use $250 of fabric making it!!! Initially it had sleeves, but they didn’t sit correctly and the dress felt frumpy, so off they came and now I am a very happy chappy!

Material Notes

Very tightly woven teal green rayon, lined in a beautiful moss-green acetate, with silk organza embroidered lace at the bust and waist.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear

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    Aug 19, 2012, 10.06 PMby ndimi

    I like to make my toiles out of usable fabric, that way I don’t “waste” a sewing period to make something I can’t wear. It’s a great way to find the perfect pattern for a particular fabric, as you have done here. :)

    The lacework on this dress is really interesting. I’d love to see a photo of it on you, to see how it looks on the body. I think it’s very alluring.

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      Aug 19, 2012, 11.37 PMby jennyrecorder

      Um thanks, but you are too kind!!! Alluring it aint! I am very envious of all the sewers who pick up really cheap cloth, This rayon is lovely, but at $12/m wasn’t really that cheap. The silk I bought for the “real” version ranged in price from $35 – $45/m, Certainly not high end fabric, but still enough to make me fearful of cutting into it :(
      PS- the lace is my favourite part :)

    • 2004_toni_large

      Aug 20, 2012, 10.02 PMby ndimi

      Thank you for posting yourself in the dress. No, it’s not alluring (sorry), but the lace peeking out the top is. Against the creaminess of your skin it has a light, flirty, feminine feel. I like that part of it. You’ve got great shoulders, and this dress shows them off beautifully.
      It looks like this fabric didn’t work for this pattern, but I still like the lace decollete. :)

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