It's a stripy jersey with what I thought was a butterfly border pattern. It turned out that the butterflies were across the middle of the fabric and were huge. So the fabric sat in my stash while I pondered how I could use it, I always had in my head a maxi dress, but definitely wanted to avoid having a giant butterfly planted smack in the middle of my body.
Finally I just took the plunge and placed the pattern pieces so that the butterflies kind of came in from the side seams, you can hardly see them now which is a bit of a shame, but I really like how the dress came out and am glad that I've managed to use the fabric.
I used this great maxi dress pattern from Burda Style magazine 02/2013 - 115. I love the above waist twist detail.
I made a straight size 38 and apart from raising the neckline just by stitching it up a bit higher and shortening it a bit at the end I didn't have to make any alterations.
Here is the back view, the method of finishing the back v neckline with 2 strips of fabric was new to me, I liked it, simple to do and looks good.
I really like how this turned out and might make it again in a shorter version. The waist detail does sit slightly above the waist which takes it into potential maternity territory (although not on my very flat bellied dressform!). Actually I expect it would make a great maternity dress - indeed, the same detail turned up on the Duchess of Cambridge's dress that she wore recently for the first baby photoshoot, the sleeves could easily be modified to get the same look at this now sold out dress.
Love this dress. The fabric is just gorgeous!ReplyDelete
I love the fabric you used for your version of the dress! I agree it is a bit sad that the butterflies aren't highlighted, but on the other hand I think their placement is very strategic. The stripes look amazing though.ReplyDelete
And, even though they are maternity dress photos, I think I am convinced I definitely need to do a short version now.
I love the way the stripes flow on that.ReplyDelete
Love that dress and the fabric is beautiful. Want to make it for myself too, maybe in a bright solid knit....ReplyDelete
Nicely done-I bet those butterflies just pop when you're walking around in it. I almost bought the pattern on bs today but then realised it was a sh*tty tiled 'print at home and spend 3 hours taping together' deal. So were 3 other maxis I looked at. The mags are a pain to find here.ReplyDelete
The stripes look fantastic in this style! Well done.ReplyDelete
Oh wait I have that mag. Doh.ReplyDelete
Oh that is really spectacular. I love it! Good placing of the butterflies.... they'll look like they are flitting in and out of the stripes.ReplyDelete
This is beautiful! I love this fabric!ReplyDelete
I LOVE the fabric! Gorgeous dress!ReplyDelete
I can see how you bought that fabric on impulse, how could you say no? The end result is lovely, I like the side butterflies.ReplyDelete
That is really a pretty fabric and you choice the perfect pattern for it!ReplyDelete
I also love the placement of the butterflies. It really adds an extra element to the maxi.ReplyDelete
Oh wow, that's awesome. This fabric was made for this pattern.ReplyDelete
LOVE IT! The fabric is gorgeous, and the pattern is perfect for it!ReplyDelete
omg, this is stunning. STUNNING! I love the stripes and the placement of butterflies. I lurv it.ReplyDelete
This is really pretty!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous dress. You did an awesome job on that.ReplyDelete
I love the butterflies on the side.
This dress is wonderful. The striped fabric really accents the lines of the dress and I bet it is very flattering when worn. I love the surprise of the big butterfly's.ReplyDelete
You made the perfect decision combining this fabric and pattern. The scale of the butterflies is perfect in a maxi.ReplyDelete
Great dress and fabric choice. Love the butterflies!ReplyDelete
Great use of the stripes! Any modelling pics? I bet it's super flattering.ReplyDelete
Great job on your maxi dress. I love the print placement.ReplyDelete
Beautiful dress! And I love how the butterflies magically appear on the sides of it.ReplyDelete
I'd love to see this on. The fabric is great. The perfect maxi is on my summer 13 sew list.ReplyDelete
The butterflies are in the right place to keep you looking chic.ReplyDelete
You look so good in everything you make. That's a wonderful dress Allison.ReplyDelete