Sassy Stripes

comments (6) May 31st, 2009 in gallery     

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GertieT GertieT, member
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My dress was inspired by one of my favorite designers, Betsey Johnson. I love her fun use of prints and retro details, and I tried to incorporate some of that into this project.

I used the short sundress version of the pattern, made up in a striped stretch twill. I implemented a special layout to make the chevron design with the stripes. I made the front bodice one piece (instead of the overlapping wrap look), and made  collar-like bodice flaps in white. Three white buttons adorn the front. The straps are white elastic with a tricot edge, and they cross in the back to give great support. I also changed the length, shortening the pattern by a few inches for a summery look.

I used some special finishing techniques, including Hong Kong seams, a twin-needle stitched hem, and a built-in bra.

I hope my design incorporates all the things I love about Sew Stylish magazine--DIY designer sewing, special techniques, and a fun spirit. I would love to win the contest, particularly because I have been coveting the Wild Ginger software for well over a year!

Pattern or design used: Simplicity 2657
posted in: gallery, fabric, white, blue, dress, retro, beachy, navy, spring fashion, simplicity 2657, stripes. contest

Comments (6)

liesurelady writes: I think your dress is really cute. I like the "collar" trim around the top. Great work with the stripes, they can be challenging.
Posted: 9:32 pm on June 5th
AthenaWeaves writes: I really admire your gown. Not only do the stripes match they match on the diagonal! You are a master at it! Now if only you could teach me how to attempt Hong Kong seaming ;-) Good luck with your entry!
Posted: 4:11 pm on June 2nd
theemptynest writes: Love that 50" look...very chic!
Posted: 7:12 am on June 2nd
Terri_A writes: Nice stripes and very retro:-)
Posted: 2:19 pm on June 1st
swinginmartinis writes: This dress is awesome! I am nervous to work with stripes and matching them!
Rock on!
Posted: 12:08 pm on June 1st
LittleRachel writes: That is very, very cute!
Posted: 4:00 pm on May 31st
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