Tuesday, June 15, 2010

a simple dress...and pancakes!

a couple weeks ago the new j.crew catalog arrived, and on the cover was a perfect, easy summer dress. I would probably have ordered it immediately, but for the prohibitive price tag. i wanted to capture the vibe of the dress though, and had recently purchased some linen/rayon blend in this blue. and here's what i ended up with. not quite the same, but a comfy (and hopefully still stylish?) dress for long summer days.

with the solid fabric instead of a print, i tried to add some subtle details to add interest to the dress. the centre seam down the neckline and front, along with sleeves and side seams, are top stitched with silver thread for a touch of sparkle. there is a bit of pleating along the shoulders. and i left the raw selvedge unhemmed at the bottom of the dress.

this was also my first experience sewing with elastic thread, but after a bit of internet browsing and sewing machine tweaking, it worked just fine. i've got other elastic projects in mind already.

i meant to post this on the weekend and then the pancakes would seem more appropriate, but in case you are looking for a delicious sunday breakfast idea, the (sort-of) recipe for these yummy danish pancakes is over on my flickr.


kate said...

You are inspiring me with your sewing machine .... if only I could find the missing cords to mine!

Your dress is lovely.

k said...

thanks so much! you should definitely break out your machine and do some sewing yourself.