Sewn : Button Down Midi Dress

Saturday, March 11, 2017


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After seeing this gorgeous dress on Sandra Semburg's blog, I wanted to recreate a similar one. I tried to find similar fabric but I could not for the life of me find any. Seriously I tried, for some reason I had the hardest time. There's lots of ivory satin fabric. There's lots of printed fabric. There is no ivory printed satin fabric! So I compromised and used solid ivory satin from Joann's.

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I love the drape of the fabric but it's a beast to sew with. I don't know if all satin is like this but it frays like crazy and is super slippery. Then it gets really static-y and when you use steam to iron it, it just wrinkles more. Man why do I like it again? Oh ya, it drapes well. haha

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The neckline looks wavy but it doesn't look like that in real life, I'm not sure why but it's driving me crazy. 



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The pattern is Vogue V8577. I left out the skirt pocket, back yoke, and cummerband. I also added cuffed sleeves and used fabric-covered buttons. Then both the skirt and bodice are lined with white lining because the fabric is very see-through.

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The buttons in the front stop mid-thigh to create a front slit, similar to the inspiration dress. However, I may add one more button because it's a bit too revealing for me. ha but I am bummed you can't see the slit at all, because without it, the dress seems to have a 60's house wife vibe and I'm not necessarily loving that.

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I like it! It's super comfy and the fabric is super soft, which always makes a dress 10x better. If I made it again, I'd shorten the sleeves a bit, and add pockets. Not the original pockets on the pattern but just simple side pockets. Then I'd probably also have to make it a different color because I have lots of white dresses at this point. haha but I love them so I probably won't promise that part.  


Pattern: Vogue V8577 with adjustments
Fabric: Casa Sanded Satin in Ivory (Joann's)
Shoes: Red Velvet Mary Jane's (Nordstrom Rack)
Floral Crown: Foxglove Floral

Inspired : White Dotted Lace

Saturday, March 4, 2017

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This is the project I've been working on lately and I'm super excited so I wanted to share the inspiration board. It's mainly based off the top right dress, an H&M dress I fell in love with. This is my first time working with lace applique so we'll see how that works out. 

What are you working on right now? Or for non-sewers, what was the last thing you were excited about? 

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