Canberra Frocktails : The dress that stayed home

Canberra Frocktails : The dress that stayed home


In my first Canberra Frocktails post I eluded to the fact that my Plan A dress didn’t meet my expectations.  I’m after all, rather a fussy lass at times.  This is the vision I had in my head when I purchased the leather for my clutch and my shoes.



The fabric is an old stash resident.  A lovely crepe de chine with an awesome print that I purchased on sale from Emma One Stock when US shipping rates were reasonable.


The dress is one I’ve made this year… Pattern E ‘Blue Embroidery’ from Simple Style Dress by Machiko Kayaki.


My first version was blogged last month.  I wrongly assumed that the silk would tame a little bit of the volume in the dress.  The front is fine, but there is just too many fabric in the back.  Maybe I just need to grown hump on my back?



Two things I learnt making this dress:

  • Black thread is sometimes more invisible than cream!
  • Fancy glue (Vliesofix Tape) is fabulous for gluing binding in place before top stitching it down.



So this dress didn’t make it to Frocktails in Canberra last month, but I must admit that distance does make the heart grow fonder.  When putting it on today for these photos I realised that it’s actually fine.  I suspect in the heat of our summer I’ll be reaching for this dress and pairing it with some flat sandals.


Pattern:  Pattern E ‘Blue Embroidery’ from Simple Style Dress by Machiko Kayakih (Japanese language only)
Silk crepe de chine from Emma One Stock
Alterations:  NA
Accessories:  Handmade leather clutch, beads from Scarlet Jones and shoes purchased at Luisa


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