Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Tale of Three Dresses




I probably didn't need another black dress in my wardrobe but when I came across this ponte...well I couldn't resist. I initially thought I would make a skirt with my trusted M6706 but I knew that it would be great it if I could place the cutouts on the bodice of a dress as well as the skirt. 


For the skirt portion, I used V1353 because it is great for a border print and it uses fabric so efficiently. For the bodice, I was looking for a boat neck style and I used  Butterick 4443. I didn't like the sleeves of this pattern so I used Newlook 6000. Yup...that's a total of three patterns!

 I would have liked if I could have matched up the seams of the bodice to the pleats of the skirt but by the time I realized that this wasn't going to happen I had everything cut out. Yet again, I got excited about a project and jumped right in without checking the water first.
Oh well....wearing a belt helps to hide it.



 I didn't face the neckline because I really couldn't due to the cutouts so I ran a line of very short stitches along the edge to reinforce it. I have worn this dress many times...and washed it without any problems. It held up very well.




Some makes become instant favorites and this is one of them. It was fun to throw caution to the wind and combine three patterns to make a dress. But to have it turn out as well as I hoped is such a bonus!


50 comments:

  1. Ah-Mazing!!!!! Where did you get this magical fabric? I love the dress - so fun!

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    1. Thanks Gillian! I bought the fabric at Fabricville.

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  2. Wow! What a fabulous use of this fabric. It is stunning and well worth adding another black dress to your wardrobe!

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    1. Thanks Kirsty! My other LBD's are not as feminine as this one so it was fun to add this silhouette.

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  3. What a pretty black dress! I really love this on you. Thinking that you made it with combining three patterns to achieve a dress, you're a genius. You have an eye for beautifulness with a real skill to achieve it.

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  4. stunning! You needed *this* black dress. Very interesting details, great job with the fit as well.
    Perfect dress for moving into fall.

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    1. It is different from my other black dresses...thanks Becki!

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  5. wow I love this, so pretty. and great use of the unusual border print.

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    1. This Vogue pattern is great for border prints...thanks Beth!

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  6. Had to stop by to say how much I love your dress! You used a fab fabric to excellent effect, quite the designer look!

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    1. Thanks Cherie! I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  7. Beautiful dress! Really love the borders :) xx

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    1. Thanks Hana! This was a fun project.

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  8. Beautiful dress! You matched the fabric to the patterns perfectly.

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    1. Thanks Levone. I thought about making a slimmer skirt but thought that the fabric may not hold up as well around my knees when I sat to crouched. I'm happy with the fit and flare.

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  9. What a cool fabric & your pattern mashup shows it off beautifully!

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    1. Thanks Noelle! A mash up is great...when it works out!

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  10. It looks lovely. I love how you have placed the cutouts and I can see why it has become a favourite. It will make a great autumn dress with boots and a jacket.

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    1. I think you are right..it will work nicely for fall. Thanks!!

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  11. Gorgeous, the cutouts look amazing. The drape looks different to the usual ponte and this really suits this dress.

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  12. Little black dresses suit you Margo, so I don't think you could have too many :). And what stunning fabric - no wonder you had to make something to show it off. I can see what you mean about the neckline - glad it is holding together nicely. Running a narrow ribbon or bind around it, if it gives way, would sort of work as well.

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    1. Well it is a different silhouette than my others so that's how I justify it..:) I did think of adding a binding but wanted to try without first. At the first sign of the neckline giving out on me then I will try the binding. Thanks Sarah Liz!!

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  13. This looks lovely! Great job combining the three patterns into one dress that highlight the fabric so well.

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    1. It was a fun fabric to play with. Thanks Nilla!

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  14. Oooh, this is just beautiful! I really love how you used the cutout border at both neckline and hemline. Gorgeous :)

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  15. What a great dress! One can never have too many LBDs (says the girl with none...), particularly when they're this wonderful! I love the pairing of the modern fabric with the classic silhouette. (Funny, I was daydreaming of similar fabric only yesterday.) I can definitely see why it became an instant favorite!

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  16. Very beautiful use of the border cutout! You look lovely! Great job! Bonnie @ www.sewplus.blogspot.com

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  17. The fabric and the dress are both so fabulous! You really did a great job with this dress, perfect placement of the border. You can never have enough LBD's.

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    1. I agree Andrea...never can you have too many LBD's or any color dress for that matter.

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    1. Thank you Faye...you know I love a good dress.

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  19. What a great use of that fabric Margo. It's so chic.

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    1. Thanks lady! A project like this has the possibility of going wrong which makes it so much sweeter when it goes right.

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  20. Wow, it is a very unique fabric and you definitely did it justice in making this great dress!

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  21. You have a special talent for combining pattern pieces that result in winners!!! This dress is lovely - you look amazing. Your posts always make me smile!!

    Almeda

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  22. Love this style and fabric....great eye. I would pass this fabric by in store ....now i will be more open to such posibilites.....it me karaLee 😀

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  23. Love this LBD...such talent and eye to take 3 patterns and adapt to fit beautiful fabric....that i wouldn't give attention to in store...love it on you😀 kara-lee

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  24. Ummm...I know I commented on this post, but I don't know what happened to it. :(
    I love this dress Margo and I love how you combined all those patterns into one. Great fabric! The cut-outs make this LBD just that much more special!

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