Sunday, June 3, 2012

Blue Rose Sheath Dress

Lookie, it's another version of the pink dress I posted last week! This one is the basic sheath pattern from my upcoming book, no frills added. The frills are in the fabric, which is a really interesting blue roses border print.

Lots of people on the blogosphere seem to have bought this fabric online too! (See Erika's amazing dress here.) It was a great steal. I am probably the only person who bought 20 yards of it, though. Which guess what? Means this dress is an offer in my etsy shop. I'm making it in standard sizes 0-18, if you're interested.

If you look closely, you can see that there's a jacquard pattern in the background of the fabric. So cool!



More pics! This is our backyard, by the way. I love our rustic fence. (Rustic sounds much better than weathered, right?)



The chainlink fence behind me here keeps the two neighbor dogs where they're supposed to be. I adore them, they look like little muppets.
I lined the bodice only in a thin white cotton/poly fabric. The zipper is lapped, for that vintage look!

Goes great with blue sunglasses, by the way.


54 comments:

  1. Thanks Gertie! You're dress is gorg!

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  2. The fabric is amazing! I like how the roses are getting wider apart on the bodice!

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  3. I bought this fabric too and am making a dress very similar to this. I centered my rose border on the bottom of the bodice for the roses to climb up the bodice and then on the skirt they will climb down. I love your version!

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  4. Awesome. My mum is encouraging me to sew more. I'm currently knitting a bunny that I really should finish before I have more unfinished's to add to my pile. ;o)

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  5. Sooooooo gorgeous! What amazing fabric too!

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  6. Gertie, you're a beautiful lady. Thanks for sharing what you do with the world.

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  7. What a beautiful dress and the fabric is amazing. Ali x

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  8. I just love the dress! Can you please tell me where you got the beautiful fabric?

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  9. Althea the fabric is from Fabric Mart, but as far as I know, I bought the last of it.

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  10. Beautiful, I have no idea how you do it all...it has to be that Berina Machine! LOL and your talented of course!

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  11. That fabric looks fabulous! And the dress too :)

    Too bad Fabric Mart doesn't ship outside USA and Canada :(

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  12. Love the dress, and I love how that fabric looks with your sleeves.

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  13. Very cool. I got a small piece of that fabric in a Fabric Mart bundle, and I don't think I have enough to make a Betty Draper tribute top (she wore a very similar fabric in "Tea Leaves" I think it was). I guess if I get desperate I could order one of your dresses and cut it down for fabric...

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  14. This dress is beyond fabulous! I'm quite jealous. :]

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  15. I am very happy to have found this blog! I am passionate for sewing and I like to create my own things, I'm not an expert, I'm learning and I feel very satisfied when I make something! Your dress is beautiful

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  16. Wow, lovely dress. The fabric is a knockout and I am so envious as I don't own that fabric!

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  17. Beautiful! You and the dress both look wonderful!

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  18. Would love to know how you lined it with the lapped zipper. I read your wonderful writeup on inserting on but I can't work out how to do a
    lapped zip with lining or centered zip with lining.

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  19. Yay I can't wait to get your book - I have a border print batik fabric of some description that I found ages ago. It's really narrow, and has such a nice print on it. And gilt gold lines...so nice! Have been looking so hard to find the perfect pattern for it.

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  20. I love this dress and the fabric looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing! XxxX http://thesecomdhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. I'm so excited. I, too, bought this fabric at FabricMart on special. I think I only bought 3 yards or panels, I forget. When it came, it seemed a bit weird to me -- heavy. But then, I saw Erika's version and got really excited. And now this! I have preordered your book so I think I'll wait on it (because I have a million other projects anyway) and make this exact dress! How does it feel on?

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  22. I really liked the previous fabric, but this one is just too perfect.

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  23. OMG Gertie I basically want your entire wardrobe (or your sewing abilities!) Thinking of ordering this dress for a wedding this summer!

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  24. Love your dress Gertie and the fabric is so beautiful. Been looking on fabric mart for it but could,nt see any, do you know anywhere else i can get it by mail order?

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  25. The dress is FABULOUS and you look great in it! If you keep posting enough of these great pics I'm going to be inspired enough to actually sew a dress for myself (having just dusted off the machine after 10 years of disuse to sew for grandbabies, and loving this internet community of sewers)!

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  26. Gertie:
    Have you seen this??
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnSmB7uBo-Y

    Think this will have to be high up on favourite sewing scene.. ;D
    Men in vintage uniform sewing and ironing. Not to mention pretty corsets on tha lady. :)

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  27. Love the blog! Its fun, upbeat and informative. Love your dress and the tats! Will watch for your book!

    Carrie C.

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  28. That dress and fabric are gorgeous! I'm really enjoying your blog.

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  29. Beautiful! That fabric is amazing...

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  30. Brilliant! Has me thinking of roses for myself. This is my first post because I've spent these many months catching up from your very first post. You have inspired and encouraged me to find a way to sew for myself again. I have 3 boys on the spectrum who seem to be allergic to everything -- I've been busy and it has put sewing for myself on a much lower priority.
    I wanted to share this link with you because you are someone I know will appreciate it. I don't have a circle of sewing friends... until this blog :)
    http://wesewretro.com/2012/05/tea-dress/#comments

    I plan to join you daily as I start both your craftsy classes.

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  31. The dress is beautiful! you look amazing. Love, love your blog.

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  32. What a fantastic use for a border print!

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  33. I love, love the dress, and how it fits your body so beautifully.
    I wish the photos were bigger so i could see you in all your splendour.
    You have such an interesting blog, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  34. Gerthie, I love your new dress and your backyard too. Nice fence! Colour it white and you'll have a perfect American Beauty look (so maybe it is nicer like it is!).
    I think the dress would look even better with a lower-cut neckline (show some more tatoos;-) and maybe a little bit tighter in the upper part too...

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  35. That's gorgeous! I can't wait for my copy of the book!

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  36. I have your book on pre-order but I have to wait until SEPTEMBER!

    The dress is very cute - sadly here in England we have only had two weeks of dress wearing weather so far this 'summer'! Sigh

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  37. Dress @ fabric both gorgeous, Gertie, but the bodice is a tad BIGGISH on you, don't you think? It's popping up and away from your shoulder on the one side and the straps seem a bit too far.......apart, making your shoulders look a bit wider than is flattering...Sorry to be a nitpicker,but I just HAD to comment

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  38. The sewing is lovely as is the fabric. However, I think that the dress looks to big too.

    lb

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  39. Hi Gertie, you look great, as always, and so does the dress! By the way, what happened with the 30 days' ironing challenge? Did it make a difference?

    Cheers,
    Anne-Marie

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  40. Hi Gertie, I love your blog so much! I've preordered your book and cannot wait to try making this dress. Am excitedly looking at fabric in eager anticipation and was just wondering how many yards I'd need of 60" or 45" wide for a size 14? I know I should just wait but that's just not in my nature!
    Thanks for all the reading pleasure so far!
    Edel

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  41. Love the dress! Now when can we all get our hands on your book/pattern? (not to rush you )

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  42. Lovely fabric. It would be a nice dress if it fitted you around the upper chest and shoulders.

    Ruth

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  43. Very good Baby Clothes post, I was really searching for this topic, as I wanted this children Dresses for my wholesale shopping center .
    Thanks
    Mae Rana
    "taufschuhe"

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  44. Stunning, simply STUNNING!

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  45. Love your fashion. especially the dress. so stunning

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  46. This help me to widen my knowledge about what is your theme is. Thanks a lot for this information!

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  47. I had the most stunning dress in that print from torrid several years ago! It was vintage inspired with a halter top, sweet heart neckline, ruched midsection and box pleated skirt. I cried so hard when it didn't fit anymore.

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