Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blue Rose party dress





I love this dress! My maid of honor told me to get sewing, and make myself a dress for my bridal shower. Everything about the shower is a surprise, so I handed off the dress to her right after I finished it, and won't see it again until after the surprise.

This dress is all about the fabric. When I saw this double paneled floral cotton from Fabric Mart's daily pick on facebook,  I snapped it up at only $3.99 a yard. As you can see, one side has more flower coverage than the other.


I never worked with a paneled fabric before, and carefully cut the pieces for this Frankenstein pattern. I used vintage Butterick 9752, as the inspiration, and followed those directions, but used the trusty pattern simplicity 2444, for the front bodice and skirt, just to make fitting a little easier. The scoop neck back and buttonholes pattern was a raised version of the vintage Butterick, I raised the scoop a bit just so I could wear a bra. I love the ric rac trim around the neckline and hem, I can't believe I've never done this before.

The back closes with 5 buttons, and is attached to the skirt that has a small invisible zipper closure. I will surely make another version of this sweet dress.





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33 comments:

  1. I love that! I bought the exact same fabric and was thinking of making a similar dress--great minds think similarly.

    It's a beautiful dress & I love the buttons.

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  2. I am so in love with this dress!!! The buttons, the ric-rac, the blue rose fabric - beautiful!! Also, those shoes (J. Crew?).

    I hope the bridal shower is lovely. :)

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  3. Very cute! Beautiful fabric and pattern pairing.

    Have fun at your shower!

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  4. THANK YOU!!!! I, too, bought the fabric and after it got here, became completely stumped as to how to use it. I thought it was lighter, for one, and now I see I was being dramatic, thinking it was too heavy for a light summer dress. Silly me! That is GORGEOUS!!!

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  5. OMG! Great! I Love love love your dress1 it's absolutely amazing!!!

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  6. I love love love this dress! So pretty, it's very Betty Draper. Love it

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  7. Fabulous! Absolutely fabulous! The fabric is divine and the rick rack trim really adds to it wonderfully.

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  8. I thought its an old tablecloth from a charity shop, it looks so vintage,and so nice,

    great dress

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  9. any idea the manufacturer is on the fabric? and is the fabric has a style name?
    thanks. Great dress!

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    1. It was Maggie London. Fabric Mart sells leftovers from designers and that was one. They don't have that exact one but here's another panel with the same border idea:

      https://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/xcart/CAC1792-Maggy-London-Double-Panel-White-Burgundy-Rose-51-Wide.html

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  10. I LOVE that fabric and that dress.

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  11. Fantastic dress! You frankenpatterned your way to a splendid creation!

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  12. it is so pretty, I LOVE the fabric, the pattern also is so pretty!!

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  13. It's beautiful! The fabric is amazing and it looks great on you.

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  14. Gorgeous. I am currently having a bit of a problem getting the bodice of a muslin to sit and fit as nicely as yours.

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  15. Your dress is gorgeous! The floral is so pretty and you showcased it perfectly!

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  16. aw so cute, love the back :)

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  17. This is just beautiful! I've already commented on Sew Retro but I'll say it again here: I love the fabric, the style of the dress and the excellent finish, it's just lovely! Hope you're proud of yourself?! x

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  18. This dress is absolutely adorable! I love the fabric and the buttons and the ric rac, ok I love it all! Great job!
    -Kara
    www.beautifullyinspired.com

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  19. Absolutely gorgeous! I love this dress! Great job!

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  20. what an absolutely stunning dress! the buttoned back ... the fabric .... the ric rac trim ... you look gorgeous in it and should be very proud of such a beautiful creation

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  21. I love what you've done with the panelled floral fabric and the notions here, it's perfect for summer. Just to let you know, I loved it so much I added it to my inspiring makes Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/elenacresci/inspiring-makes/

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  22. This dress is amazing! And it looks perfect on you :-)

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  23. Oh I so want your dress! I loved the fabric and then I saw the back picture of those cute little buttons and the scoop! EEK!

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  24. Your dress is beautiful! Of course, I bought several of these panels too and am so inspired by your use of this fabric that I need to move it further up my sewing list!

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  25. OMG, so pretty! :) I neeeeed to find that fabric! Fabric Mart where? I can't find it. Did it sell out already?

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    1. it's sold out! Gertie bought the last 20 yds

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  26. It looks great. The bodice fits so well.

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  27. Gorgeous dress! Fabric spotted on Etsy yesterday

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  28. This dress looks great! I am very impressed! Would you be interested in guest posting this on our new blog? fabricmart.blogspot.com
    Please email me at fabricmartblog@gmail.com
    Thank you,
    Kaitlin at Fabric Mart

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