Monday, 25 November 2013

Floral - Summer - Wiggle

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This cute little baby is my first ever full on floral dress (can you believe it!), and I am super in love with it.  Yay for the gorgeous summer days we've been having lately - no hanging around in the wardrobe for this dress.

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As some of you might know I'm a little obsessed with Instagram atm and this wee obsession allowed me to be one of three lucky people to get a discounted 'end of stock' pattern from Blueginerdoll.  Abbey had rebranded all her pattern packaging and was looking to off-load the last of the 'old' Billie Jean patterns.

Actually, I was sitting on the fence about the pattern cause I just wasn't sure about the shoulder straps. The discount was just enough to tip me over and I must say it hasn't disappointed.

Floral Billie Jean

While I was in Auckland earlier in the month I managed to get in a wee bit of fabric shopping.  This lovely cotton sateen just kept calling my name and I kept walking away saying 'I don't do floral', but in the end the colours just drew me in.  I actually bought three pieces of fabric that day and this is the only one that has made it to my sewing table.

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Billie Jean is described as a wiggle dress, but I actually have a heap of room to wiggle around in.  I think the pattern is very cleaver in that it looks super body hugging, but doesn't feel that way at all.   When walking it does call for small step, especially when paired with these shoes :).

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The construction methods are fabulous making it almost impossible not to be able to line up the bodice princess seams with the skirt darts.   I think I might adopt this method for other patterns now.

I lined this dress with a black cotton viole, the perfect choice for a summer dress.  I did debate with myself about the length, but went with the pattern recommendation and think that it adds to the charm of the dress.

If you are sitting on the fence about this dress, there is no reason to be any more.  I'm sure my Billie Jean will get loads of wear this summer.

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27 comments:

  1. It looks great and your fabric is just gorgeous! I really like the neckline, most of patters have a high neckline, I like this one better? Did you alter the neckline, because in the technical drawing the neckline appears to sit much higher!

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    1. The neckline is exactly as the pattern provided. I could probably have worn the shoulder straps a little lower to be true to the pattern but i need to get a strapless bra :)

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    2. Oh wauw, then I definitely like the way you are wearing this neckline!

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  2. I have a thing for floral at the moment. I can't explain it because I am a solid print kind of girl!

    I am going to Auckland in a couple if weeks. Where is the best place to buy fabrics. I had the fabric satire in mind since we lost ours to the earthquakes.

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    1. Thanks Andrea. I got a list of shops from Zoe but only managed to get to one of them: Smart Dress Fabrics, 953 New North Road, Mt Albert. http://www.smartdressfabrics.co.nz If you want I can email the list to you.

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  3. You SO CAN totally do floral! Love it with the belt and shoes (ohh shoesssss) and I like the length too but I can see why you would have debated - it's refreshing to see a bit of length these days and it gives a good balance ;)

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    1. Thanks :) Balance, yes the length definitely gives the neckline balance. I was thinking perhaps I needed a belt a little skinnier, but now I see the photos, perhaps not - a good balance for my shoes - cause I always get dressed from my shoes up, hehe!

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  4. You look great! I always love your dresses and have a case of sewing envy ;) it's so pretty! Well done :)

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    1. Thanks Jo. I'm a bit obsessed with dresses I think, but a good dress always makes a girl feel pretty :-)

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  5. It's gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. Welcome to the Floral Appreciation Society!

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  6. Really sexy!! Great summery fabric, but made into a hot little evening number. Love it!

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    1. Thanks, our first wee outing was to a cocktail function on a lovely summer evening - ideal :)

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  7. Oooh, I love the print you chose! Summer is trying to make an appearance here but as of yet, i'm still in tights. Fingers crossed it comes soon!

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    1. Thanks Jen. I'm making the most of the sun when it is out :-)

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  8. Woah! It looks amazing on you, I'm so glad you listened to that fabric when it called your name, it looks devine.

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    1. Thanks Trees. I still surprise myself sometimes which I think is the nice thing about sewing.

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  9. Great dress - the style and fabric choice as perfect for you.

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  10. Love that dress on you! So flattering in every aspect - colour, style, fit! Well done! :)

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  11. This is is beautiful! I'm all all about striking florals so I'm biased, but I think this is a perfect fabric/silhouette/you combination. Stunning!

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    1. Thanks Joy, I really, really like this dress - at the mo it is one of my favourites :-)

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