Canberra Frocktails : A jar of jelly beans dress

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I’ve said before and I’ll say it again; I love love love a remnant.  I picked up this lovely Italian silk from the remnant table at Tessuti late last year.  The colourway perplexed me… a mixture of yellow and blue based tones… but in the end the texture won me over.  I’ve dubbed this fabric seersucker silk… but I have no idea if that’s a real thing or not!  Can anyone enlightened me?

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Lucky for me it was a generous remnant… 1.5m x 1.4m wide.  The perfect amount for an above-the-knee length dress… or was that a jar of jelly beans dress?

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This dress was actually my Plan B Canberra Frocktails dress.  Plan A just didn’t make my heart sing.  So, when my first dress didn’t meet my expectations, and it was only a week before the event, what was I to do?  That’s right, I turned to a tried and true pattern… the fabulous Aeolian T-shirt / Dress pattern by Pattern Fantastique.  This pattern hasn’t let me down before, and it didn’t this time.  Not that we’re counting or anything, but this is the ninth time I have used (and blogged) this pattern.  It’s by far the most used pattern in my collection.

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Canberra’s winters are known for being super chilly so I added length to the sleeves to try and be a little more seasonally appropriate.  The sleeve length was determined by fabric restrictions and they ended up being 5 inches longer than originally drafted.  I’m rather fond of the lengthened sleeve.  I’ll be keeping that in mind for future versions… I’m not done with this pattern yet!

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And my accessories for the night… a leather clutch made by me, some rather lovely but impracticable shoes that were difficult to walk and even stand in, antique beads and what seemed like a never-ending glass of champagne!

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Thanks to the Canberra organising crew for your hard work and hospitality.  Here’s hoping it’s an annual (hint hint).

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Pattern:  Pattern Fantastique’s Aeolian T-shirt Dress (knee length)
Size: 
S
Fabric: 
Italian silk remnant from Tessuti
Alterations: 
Lengthened the sleeves by 5 inches (12.5 cm) and shortened the dress by 2 inches (5cm)
Accessories:  Handmade leather clutch, antique beads and shoes purchased at Luisa.

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