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April 9

Fabric Shopping & Nautical Dress Planning

Taking advantage of my extra day off of work, I decided to go fabric shopping.  I tried to shop from my own fabric stash for my next few projects, but nothing was quite right.  So I went out and bought fabric/notions for the next few sew weekly challenges.  I wish I felt guilty for buying fabric when I have fabric at home, but what I bought is too good to feel bad about.  heh

I bought these three fabrics from Vogue Fabrics:

The cranberry pink is a 3-ply silk crepe that I just haaaad to have, the green Shantung is for another you-know-what dress!, and the blue flowered fabric is my first knit fabric purchase for this dress.

I love all of the fabrics I bought, but this one takes the cake!!!

It’s a navy cotton Jacquard with black, gold-metallic, and red ropey stripes.  It’s so thick and lush and ahhhmazing!  I had to buy 6 MEGA yards of this juicy fabric since it was only 45″ wide.  Click here to see the fabric in it’s natural element, designed by Marc Jacobs.

I’m planning on making Butterick 7651 by Saturday/Sunday (wish me luck!!!) for the next sew weekly challenge.

I think it’s really hard to envision… to help myself out I drew a picture, which may or may not help you ‘see’ the dress I’m creating.

There is going to be a ton of stripes-matching to create a chevron pattern all over the dress.  I’m going for a nautical theme so the chevron pattern will help, not to mention the colors and the rope design on the dress.

I’m still unsure about the sleeves.  I was thinking about making 3/4 length semi-fitted sleeves, but I’m not sure.  The fabric is really thick and even if I were to make it sleeveless, it would be too thick to wear in summer-time.  What do you guys think?  3/4 length sleeves, short sleeves, cap sleeves, or sleeveless?

The other thing I’m unsure about is the neckline sashy-thing that ties in the back.  I think it would be too much to have it in the same fabric, but also not sure which color I should use instead.

I only was able to cut out the front panel for the skirt, and it’s currently only basted since I’ve had it hanging on the bias before doing the real stitching.  But this should give you an idea of how it will look.

Please let me know what I should do about the sleeves & the sash color.  I could really use your input before I start cutting the rest of the fabric up.  :)

Happy Belated Easter & Happy Monday!

  1. Sue / Apr 9 2012

    Beautiful purchases! I’m really loving the chevron effect you’re going for on the Butterick dress. I vote for short (not cap) sleeves and a red or navy sash/tie thing. Can’t WAIT to see how this one turns out!

  2. Clare S / Apr 9 2012

    Oooh, that rope stripe! YUM! I’m excited for you on that one – it looks amazing already!

    I’m thinking cap or short sleeves as 3/4 might be a bit much in such a bold fabric, if you see what I mean? As for the sash, maybe make a removable one? That way you could have a couple of different colours – white would be refreshing, while matching navy blue would blend in more with the main fabric.

  3. Rachel / Apr 9 2012

    I like the short sleeves from the top right dress in the pattern photo. You can always wear a cardigan or jacket with it to make it warmer if necessary :)
    As for the sash- definitely either navy or red. It depends what you can find to match! They would both look awesome though!

  4. Kerry / Apr 9 2012

    Oh wow, the rope fabric is so so stunning! What a score x

  5. Tasha / Apr 9 2012

    Hm, I can’t tell what the neckline sashy thing is? I see the sash at the waist but can’t make out the pattern well enough to see.

    I would vote 3/4 or short sleeves. If you know it will be too heavy to wear in summer, then if you have at least short sleeves you can wear it in fall or spring without a sweater and look weather-appropriate (I feel like cap sleeves say ‘summer’), but you can then also throw on a cardigan for colder weather. :)

  6. Annabelle / Apr 9 2012

    Liz, I am so jealous – this is going to be an amazing dress. What is the sew weekly challenge for this pattern? Red would be the perfect accent for the sash color, though navy would also work. Like some of the others, I think short sleeves would work best. It will give you more options for wearing the dress. But I also don’t own a single long sleeve dress and sometimes during the winters I wish I had one – so that is something to think about too. Do you have several layering peices that would work well with this dress, or are you going to be stuck with a dress in a winter weight that has short sleeves and nothing to keep your arms warm?

  7. Meg / Apr 9 2012

    Oh, your dress is going to be positively delicious :) I LOVE your fabric choices!!!

  8. Qui / Apr 9 2012

    I love your fabrics Liz, they are really beautiful. I would go with short sleeves and a tan/gold colored sash.

  9. Sassy T / Apr 10 2012

    Wow that fabric looks lush. Can’t wait to see your creation.

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