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Working 9 to 5

Added Mar 20, 2011

by caramia-made

British Columbia...






What a way to make a living!

This office-appropriate dress is based on the 9 to 5 dress from the Built By Wendy Dresses book (which I would highly recommend to intermediate sewists and beyond). The book suggested making this dress out of an orange linen, but I ended up using a pastel orange twill. I think my fabric choice still works alright, but in hindsight I should have not bothered with the interfacing on the sleeve facings… it’s a bit too stiff for my liking.

I pretty much followed the book exactly, except that I added 2 darts in the back to reduce some of the volume on either side of the zipper. (This is also the first time I’ve used a zipper foot to install an invisible zipper and it looks frigging fantastic). The book suggested making a belt out of the same fabric, but for now I just styled it with a dark brown skinny belt I already had. I also ended up making belt loops to keep the belt in place better so it wasn’t floating randomly around my torso ;)

I’m still not 100% sure about the colour. I really like orange a lot (and I loooooove pastels, especially for spring) but I think this shade might wash me out. Luckily I get pretty dark in the summers (hooray for Spanish bloodlines!) so I think it will look better then.

ps: Sorry the photos are kind of blurry… I guess the lighting wasn’t too great today (too bright out).

Material Notes

Orange lightweight cotton twill




Garment Type
Business, Classic, Preppy

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    Mar 22, 2011, 12.56 AMby caramia-made

    Thanks very much everyone! :)

    And yes kristasmom831 I would DEFINITELY recommend this book, it has lots of cool ideas and it shows how 3 patterns can make such a huge variety of different projects! Love it!

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    Mar 21, 2011, 06.33 PMby kristasmom831

    I love this dress! The fit is great on you, as is the color. Thank you for sharing where you got the idea! I will definitely be investing in that book!

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    Mar 21, 2011, 12.19 PMby erica-penton

    Great dress! The fit really is perfect!

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    Mar 21, 2011, 12.59 AMby leahfranqui

    It’s lovely, and the color works very well!

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    Mar 20, 2011, 11.52 PMby laelw2000

    the dress is beautiful and it fits you perfectly. I agree about the sleeves, they could be more drapey. The color will be perfect for spring.

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