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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

BurdaStyle 11/2011-119 Dress - Getting there...

I've discovered there are two surefire ways to get my sewing mojo going;

1) Go fabric shopping
I ordered some ITY knits from Fabric.com as it is a bit hit and miss getting them here and I really want to make some fall knit dresses.  Their prices are good enough that I can overlook the shipping costs.  I also picked up a couple of pieces locally so I certainly hope my sewing mojo sticks around for a while.

Lots of ITY knits for fall (though the crazy butterfly stuff will wait till summer)
Local purchases - sequin jersey for a top and a metallic wool for a jacket
2) Have an enforced no sewing period looming
We are having our floor retiled throughout our apartment and somehow trying to manage this without moving out so the place is going to be upside down for a while.  On the positive side it is making me have a good clearout before the workmen come next Monday.

On the back of this I am feeling motivated to get moving on the November Burda dress.  I hit Sham Shui Po today and found some perfectly matching beads that I may use on the front of the dress to cover this mess of a seam!





I've tacked the sides and zip to get the dress to a try on-able state and thankfully I like it so far and think it is going to be worth the effort it requires.  There is still a lot to finish but I feel I am on the home stretch now - here is a bathroom pic!  I'm going to a party on Saturday for which the dresscode is "blue" so I hope to get the dress finished and proper photos taken then.

19 comments:

Victoria said...

GREAT fabrics Allison! You always have such great taste. I love the blue sequined jersey!!! You have me drooling. Your current project is already looking stunning. Can't wait to see it with the beads and finished.

Cennetta said...

Beautiful fabric. I great progress on the new dress.

Karin said...

The silhouette of the dress is very flattering on you. It's going to look fantastic. The bead idea is inspired; and I amazed that the match is so perfect. Can't wait to see you all dolled up in the finished dress!

Erica B. said...

Love the new fabric! I can't wait to see the finished dress!

velosewer said...

This is going to be a great dress. Great colour.

Mom (Míriam) said...

Beautiful, but I'm not sure if it's blue or green...

cyberdaze said...

Looking good so far! It's a great shape.

Rose said...

It looks beautiful on you, and the color is gorgeous.
This dress is on my to-sew-list, but the "almost 4 dots" part scares me. I'm happy to read your reviews !

Vicki said...

Looking good! And those beads are a perfect match all right. No mojo here and I am supposed to be making my dd a dress for next Thursday. I can see the fabric here looking at me :((

Irene said...

The dress is looking good. Those beads look wonderful! Lovely fabrics.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

The dress is looking good! You will kill at the "blue" themed party. Can't wait to see you in a sequined top!

Gail said...

I like your new dress very much and love all the new fabrics.

House of Pinheiro said...

New fabrics YEAH.. nothing like shopping to get us back on track. The outline of the dress looks nice

themateriallady said...

Looking good so far - and the beads are perfect!

Nice new fabrics too.

Juliette said...

thank God, it looks fantastic already, I'd hate to spend so much effort on something that looks ugly! This is possibly very very good step by step sewing instructions tutorial for this dress. You should post it as "Make it" on Burdastyle.com when it is all done.

Tia Dia said...

It's a beautiful dress, Allison, and the colour is wonderful. And I agree - it's going to be worth the effort. It's very flattering!

Anne-Marie said...

After reading your blog and Pattern Reviews, I am wondering, is there a type of dress in which you do not look wonderful??? I don't think so. This will be again, a great success. The upper front fits you wonderfully. It was worth all the work.

Katharine said...

Wow, it looks gorgeous so far = you look great.

a little sewing said...

Look at all that beautiful new fabric. I hope your floor installation is going well, it seems a huge project! I would love to see pictures when it's finished - I remember seeing photos of your apartment before and it is drop-dead gorgeous. You have a very small sewing space, don't you? How much fabric can you store? I am wondering because we think about getting a smaller place now that the kids are all grown. I would need to reduce my excess fabric.

Everything is looking so beautiful, as usual!!