Saturday, September 3, 2011

The wrap (s)

Hi guys!
This post will be brought to you by TGV France! Right now, I am traveling in first class between Valence and Nantes, in France. And no, it's not a vacation, it is for work... But there are worst things in life right?

Today, I am doing a double post! Two dresses in one. One long, one short. One new fabric, one old from my Grand Ma's stash! Both were made with the same Burda pattern. It was in the April edition, but it actually is not available on the Burdastyle website. I have no clue why, because it was one of my favorites from that issue! For the magazine, they had made it in a nice flowy flower-y fabric. It was a little bit Liberty-like.

For the little story, I saw it back in April and I instantly liked it. It was back when I started my job, back when I thought I could keep on blogging every evening (by the way, I bow to any one of you girls/guys that manage!!!). April was kind of warm in Belgium and in The Netherlands, and I wanted to make a quick/easy/light dress for my training in Belgium. I had a nice thin plum and grey cotton I had bought a few months before. I was ready!

This pattern is only available up to a size 44 (European), so I did my usual upgrading trick. It was not really complicated. One back pannel, and two front ones. No darts... When you look at the technical drawing, it looks almost like a kimono, which makes it comfy, but the end result is really prettier then I expected...

It only took my Sunday to assemble and finish this one. I have just added stabilizing tape around the side hems and the sleeve arm holes. I have also forgotten about the pockets... I really LOVE the result. It is really flattering, and comfy, and light for warm days.

Two weeks later, I started getting really tired in the evenings, but I wanted to saw more and more. Also, in my travels back home, I read a LOT of magazines and I came across a few articles about the McQueen Resort collection, and great pictures of Mila Kunis in THIS gorgeous Maxi Dress.

I somehow remembered that I had a fabric almost like that in my stash. It came from my Grand Ma.
I was also being pretty lazy, so I just lengthened the same pattern I had used two weeks before. I also chose to not add the sleeves caps.

When it came to adding a belt, I had absolutely no fabric left and I tried to figure out something interesting to do. I remembered I had some black bits somewhere and I had the idea of a multiple belt. Kind of like an Obi belt... I ended up with three black straps for each front panel. Which means that the dress works so much better with my black shoes and a black cardi...

That is kind of it... I must admit, these dresses have been the ones I wore the most this summer. If the pattern was on Burdastyle, I would completely recommend everyone to give it a try, because it gives such a great instant gratification! I think that it would also be a great Tunic, slightly shorter then the dress.

What do you think?

Do you like wrap dresses?

Have you ever sewn one?

PS: Ok guys, I just got stuck with the train for 40 minutes in Paris, and it means I am going to prepare another post! I'll go for a Vogue number!!!
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