Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Burgundy and Tan Floral Print dress with Obi Belt

It's hard to believe that just a few short hours ago this dress almost ended up in the trash can. But I perservered, made a few changes to it and this is the final result. I received SOOOO many compliments on this dress at church today. It's a good mix between being the right colors (sorry, remember I'm a Professional Image Consultant over at color has always meant the world to me) and the right style. I do have a bit of a penchant for old looking floral prints---you know the kind that look like they would've been the fabric for grandma's sofa LOL!!! I absolutely love this fabric. The photos don't really do it justice.
Ok, dress construction details below:

The dress started out as McCall's 8216--a gorgeous dress with neck tie, yoke, etc. Given the slightly denser nature of the fabric and print in the end the neck tie was a little busy and the long sleeves too much. This fabric ended up not looking great in this style so I made the following adjustments:

- Added 1/2" elastic and created casing in dress instead of adding binding to create a chanel.
-Chopped the sleeves a good bit.
-Cut the hang ties and left the elevated collar
-Added an Obi belt using NL 6184

I'm pleased with the outcome especially. I absolutely love it. So thankful I was smart enough to make the necessary changes to salvage the dress. It's situations like these that prove I'm truly and artist and maybe even a magician LOLLLLL!

Happy Sewing


  1. Magician- agreed! & clever. The updates were a great combo and the the details look fresh and modern, too.

  2. I love the "vintage" look of the flowers that you chose for fabric! Everything about this dress suits you well, and I am glad you were able to work it out.

  3. That is a super print and it looks lovely on you, well done. x

  4. such a pretty burgundy and floral print dress. It fits you very well. Amazing clothing patternss and ideas on your website!

  5. Hi! You look fabulous! I was very interested in the lamp in this room! Where did you buy? I am currently renovating from and I think that it will fit perfectly! Let me know!

  6. Each of your works is unique. The dress looks very impressive. I'm glad that I found your blog.

  7. It is amazing. I just love it. I buy some excellent fabrics from Fabrics World USA in NYC near me which was a nice weight, not too beefy and cheap price.

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