Thursday, September 6, 2012

B is for Border Prints



I am super excited that I managed to get at least one summer dress out of summer this year!  Not that we really had a summer here in Scotland, but that's besides the point.  The best part?  I got to use some delicious border print fabric that I got during our Crafters' Ceilidh meet-up last January!!


My mind automatically associates border prints with 1950's dresses.  So that's exactly what I made.  I used Simplicity 4209 which was a gift from a lovely reader and fellow seamstress.  I just love the gathered skirt and the drape of the neckline.

My border print fabric is a medium-weight dressmaking cotton--so it's a little heavy for the draped neckline but holds the skirt gathers beautifully.  This border print was fantastic in that half of the fabric was pure white and the other half was the border print--making it super easy to make a dress out of it.  While white isn't a colour I usually choose, I was sold on the bright teal tulips with brown accents.


The dress closes with a full bodice length zipper down the back.  I followed the directions and inserted a lapped zipper which I am pretty chuffed with.


Oh--I just love this hairdo!  This was part of my Dixiebelle's Vintage Hair and Beauty Parlour treat to myself.  Ariana, my lovely hairstylist, put it up into the most beautiful 50's inspired hairdo.  I even like how it looks in the curlers :)


Here is a photo of Ariana and I! Can't you see how pleased I am with my new 'do?  So much fun to properly celebrate a new dress!


We found a golden patch of flowers and thought that was perfect for the tulip inspired 50's dress!  YAY! Super happy to be back sewing again, especially since the last garments I made were for the mammoth graduation project.  Sometimes it takes awhile to get back into the swing after such a big project but this was the perfect summer sewing interlude!

42 comments:

  1. beautiful hair, beautiful dress, beautiful smile.

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  2. This is beautiful, Debi, well done! (Love your hair too!) :)

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  3. You always have such gorgeously inspiring outfits - this dress is no exception! Just gorgeous. Perfect colours for you, as is your lippie colour. Fabulous hair just tops it off. LOVE!

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  4. It's so lovely as are you! And this way you get to wear it next summer from the go-get. :) I too am a total sucker for border prints,  and I have a few mounting up in my stash.

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  5. It's gorgeous!  The border print is just perfect for the pattern.

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  6. Yep the hair is perfection and the dress is a lovely choice for your B is for border print:)  May your sewing continue to roll smoothly along....I am hoping for some of that myself:)

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  7. Your hair is gorgeous!  I love border prints.  I'm always drawn to them.

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  8. I love it! The draping on your dress is lovely!

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  9. That is the perfect fabric for such a pretty dress! I love it!

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  10. Awh Debi you just look beautiful - the hair the dress - it all goes together wonderfully. Really lovely :-D

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  11. Debbie you look so lovely in your beautiful dress, lovely fabric and gorgeous hairstyle

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  12. I love border prints. They make a garment look so special. The new do is fantastic and a perfect look for you. Enjoy!

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  13. Deb you always know I love what you make! The new do is so sweet love it. 

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  14. The dress is great, but more important I love love love love love your hair! Please post a hair tutorial if you can. :) 

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  15. Debi, you and the dress look fabulous. I also love border prints and think this one is just perfect. Great job, and your hair stylist is the best!

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  16. Such a beautiful dress!! :) Have a great weekend! xx Holly

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  17. Gorgeous, gorgeous dress!

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  18. You look gorgeous in that! Such a perfect image, with the flowers and beautiful neckline and your awesome hairdo. And I love the border print!

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  19. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:20 AM

    Thanks Tasha! I was pretty excited to find the perfect patch of flowers :)

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  20. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:20 AM

    Thanks Holly! xoxoxo

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  21. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:20 AM

    I know! Isn't the hair fabulous....I will definitely try to recreate it!

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  22. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:21 AM

    Thanks Janice! That is a great idea! I will definitely try to recreate the hair tutorial!!!

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  23. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:21 AM

    Thanks Nan :)

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  24. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:21 AM

    I have a weak spot for border prints too! They are just so much fun to sew!

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  25. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:21 AM

    Thanks Lorraine!

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  26. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:22 AM

    Thank you so much! I had making and styling this dress!

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  27. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:22 AM

    Thanks Justine! I really love draped necklines so was really excited to get this pattern...

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  28. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:22 AM

    Thanks so much Carolyn!

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  29. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:23 AM

    I am always drawn to border prints too!  I am so glad they had *just barely* enough for this dress! 

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  30. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:23 AM

    Thank you, my dear!

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  31. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:23 AM

    Thanks Lynne! It's nice to get back into sewing!!

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  32. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:24 AM

    Thanks Liza Jane...I was pretty happy to find the border print fabric and knew this was the pattern for it!

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  33. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:24 AM

    Thanks MrsC! That's a good way to look at it--ready to go-go next spring/summer :)

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  34. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:25 AM

    Thank you so much! I just got this lipstick from Aveda and absolutely love it.  It's called sugar apple and I swear it goes with everything :)

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  35. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:25 AM

    Thanks so much!

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  36. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:26 AM

    awww..thank you for the sweet comment!

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  37. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 08, 2012 9:26 AM

    Thanks Kat!

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  38. AHHHHH!!!!!  Love the hair, love the dress!!!

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  39. This dress looks amazing on you! Oh my gosh. The fabric is so pretty too. Not to mention the hair... now if only there were a vintage salon around here...

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  40. thisblogisnotforyou.comNovember 20, 2012 9:35 PM

    Love the dress! I just finished my first petticoat to go with the 1950's dress I'm working on right now for the upcoming holidays :) Now I'm really thinking about trying this up-do...

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  41. Just come across your blog - WHERE did you get the fabric? I have a pattern for a50's (ish) style skirt and ahve been trawling the net for a bordered print fabric! Any advice would be lovely!

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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