I am super excited to be here and cannot wait to meet each and every one of you. I decided I would make a simple dress for my debut post. Clean lines, no frills,no buttons or beads. I wanted something that would make a statement. My fabric choice needed to be light and airy yet exotic and expensive looking. I choice a scrumptious Leopard Print Rayon Challis you can find it here. Don’t sleep…it’s on sale and I know it will go fast. Reminds you of beautiful Hermes Scarf…right?
I needed a perfect dress pattern to pull off the look I wanted. I selected Butterick 5815 View C – you can find it here. Once you see the pattern cover you’ll understand why I was drawn to this particular fabric. This was a very easy sew. I took my time because I did not want to make a mistake that would require using the “ripper”. The fabric is far to delicate to be picked and poked. I used a microtex needle and my walking foot so that the fabric would tangle in the feed-dog. I had no intentions of lining this baby and I didn’t want ugly seams so I just turned my seams in and zig-zagged for a clean finish. No too shabby if I say so myself. 🙂
The best thing about this dress is that I made it myself for next to nothing compared to a Hermes Scarf that starts $300 depending on the size an style.
Here’s my version – the only modification was to shorten the dress by 4 inches. Accessorized with earrings and bangles. You don’t need much more because the print is doing all the work. I added my sunnies and leopard pumps to complete the look.
The sleeves on this dress are amazing. They lap over to create a butterfly effect.
Here’s a better shot of the sleeves.
The neckline required a very narrow turn down so I double stitched the back so it wouldn’t roll.
Notice the fluid movement of the fabric…gosh I love this dress. 🙂 We took these pics around 8:30 in the morning and the sun really highlights the dress nicely.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you give this pattern and fabric a try. I promise you will love it. See you soon…..
SewVeStyle by Venita Elaine
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