Monday, July 28, 2014

Me-Made-Monday 4: A brocade dress

This was the quickest, ahem, couture dress I've ever made, for several reasons. First, I invested some time in pattern adjustments to accommodate my wider hips. Then, I made a muslin to check the back, which was, as expected gapping. After removing almost 3cm of a gap, I finally cut it in brocade. This brocade was extremely laborious to match: in some areas it was stretched out of shape, and no pressing and pulling and tagging could help. At the end I just cut with generous seam allowances and slip basted all seams from the right side to match lines and patterns (esp. along the center back line), easing some excess with light steam. That was the only trouble, however. I was so happy I managed to do the dress in one go, without consulting any books, without much thinking about techniques, it was truly intoxicating.

Last week I was wearing this dress to an event that required 'smart casual' dress code. Do you have an idea what smart casual is, readers? Apparently, according to Wikipedia sources 'it is is the dress code most open to interpretation and the one least understood'. I even consulted Wikipedia before going, but after reading two paragraphs gave up. I was obviously overdressed for the event, but, on the other hand, nobody had a slightest idea.



The pattern I used is a Burda Matthew Williamson dress #134 from issue 09/2012. I loved the pattern and am playing with an idea of making a blouse in cotton pique using the same pattern and adding, maybe, some draped bands to wrap and tie in a bow at the waist... please remind me of it







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29 comments:

  1. Here's my latest me made: a simple skirt, but floatily perfect for summer http://cashmerette.blogspot.com/2014/07/cloudy-skirt-for-cloudy-day.html

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    1. I made something wrong, but the link tool is fixed now and I added your link! Thank you and I love your skirt - once I am back from holidays I shall make a similar style for myself!

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  2. Das ist ein wirklich traumhafter Stoff, perfekt in Szene gesetzt! Toller Sitz, und die Ärmelform gefällt mir sehr!
    Liebe Grüße,
    Nastjusha

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  3. I love such simple dresses. Perfect!

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  4. How lovely! The fit is perfection! I have to say, "smart casual" is a baffling category!

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  5. Beautiful dress! You've done an amazing job with the matching. Here in NZ I have heard smart casual described as ' shoes and shirts'! (Yes, as opposed to bare feet or flip flops, and ... Er... No shirt, or just a singlet) I think for women it's an open choice - one of the areas where being a woman is an advantage!

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  6. The dress is absolutely lovely. I've been invited to events where the dress code was just as vague as the one you received. I end up wearing just what I want to and letting it go at that!!
    I would like to add a link, but I can't find a link button to click on.

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    1. That's what I decided to do as well :) Rhonda, I fixed the links tool, no idea why it wasn't working...

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    2. Thanks Marina. I added my link and posted info on my blog, so hopefully your challenge will get a little more attention. I'm looking forward to posting along with you for the remainder of the year.

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    3. Thank you, Rhonda! I love your dress by the way and just saw the in-detail post on your blog - great make!

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  7. Fantastic fabric+fantastic pattern+fantastic skills=beautiful dress

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  8. So beautiful! And I really love the fabric.

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  9. Oh this dress is beautiful! I really like the shape of it, and the fabric is beautiful. I'm impressed...you never let tricky fabrics stop you! I have some shiny red brocade tbat snags if I so much as look at it and I'm afraid I would have to sew it whilst wearing gloves (no joke!)

    I really like your longer hair, too.

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    1. Thank you! this fabric is completely off grain, but it responds well to pressing, so matching was not that difficult after all :)

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  10. Very pretty dress. It looks good on you, you've made a good choice. Great job!
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  11. Wow! What a beautiful, dress. Well worn!

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  12. I love your dress -- simple, classic and elegant. I am of the school that one cannot be overdressed! Everyone else might be underdressed!

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  13. I love brocade and that is a really lovely one. A great colour on you.

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  14. What a beautiful fabric! your dress fits perfectly - worth the time making the muslin for such a great fit!

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  15. Gorgeous dress! The fabric and its color are amazing. You look so smart and stylish in this dress... You have officially raised the bar for "smart casual" - to the betterment of us all!

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  16. Hi Marina,

    The dress looks so beautiful on you and I particularly love the colour and the elegant simplicity of the dress.

    I loathe "smart casual" on invitations, as it can be interpreted in so many ways. My mother always taught us girls, always better to be over rather than underdressed. I must admit very sound advice, its better to be overdressed than under and wanting to escape early!!

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  17. Hi again,

    Marina, for those of us tempted to work with brocade, can you tell us, what underlining and lining did you use for this project??
    Many thanks, Marysia.

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    1. Thanks, Marysia! I didn't line the dress to keep it very lightweight for Cyprus summers and it was the right decision. However, the dress is underlined with silk crepe-de-chine and it is perfect to support the structure, the brocade is quite lightweight and would not survive a day without underlining. Once I am back from holiday I'll post some in-detail photos from the inside.

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