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Made by a Fabricista: A Modern Day DIY Kimono By Way of Vogue 9253

[This dress was made for and modeled my daughter Mori]

When Fabric Mart put this Floral Print Shantung - Maggy London fabric on the website I grabbed it up quick! [And it's all gone, sorry peeps] I do have some alternatives and remember that Fabric Mart is always adding new fabrics to their collections on a daily basis. The Challis prints they have are great options for this pattern.

Can we talk about this pattern? I'm not really a Vogue Pattern type of gal but this  Vogue 9253 was "WOW" I have seen several versions of this dress and those who are not open to the barely there front cover-up can modify the front for more coverage.

Both lengths are fabulous and the maxi length just hit the right place for Mori to wear flat sandals. Mori is 5.7" and if she had to wear heels with this dress that would be a deal breaker because she likes her maxi to hit the ground with heels on. So remember to make sure the maxi is the correct length for your taste.


Some of my fabric choices:
Diamond & Flower Pattern Corded Lace - Maggy London [This pattern would make a great swim suit cover-up using this fabric!]


I knew that I wanted to add trim to the collar and sleeves, to bring in another pattern for this floral print. I bought a few trims to choose from and the black and white stripe trim won. 





Now I don't know if you've made this dress or know anybody who has made it but let me tell you, the back collar instructions were giving me a slight headache. [mostly this was all my own doing, you know sewing the garment without really paying attention to the instructions until you've hit a bump in the road] I think I know where I messed up but there was no turning back. [honestly correcting my mistake would not have been a big deal but I was just going to make my way work.]


The instructions called for you to attach the front and back pieces together and then add your bias tape to the back collar area. I pressed open one side of my bias tape and pinned it to the back collar piece that extended beyond the front collar piece, attached it, trimmed it and folded it under. And because I did this before attaching my front to the back I had to made sure my edges matched perfectly at the shoulder where the front met the back.



Now that the front was sewn to the back I wanted to add the trim before I closed up the sides. I measured up four inches from the end of the sleeve and this was the placement for the trim, make sure that when you close the sleeve the trim matches up at your seam.


The rest of the construction can be done with your eyes closed....well not literally but you get what I'm saying! Thanks for joining me again with another one of my creations!






   
        
 

   

Until Next time!
Michelle @ www.thatblackchic.com

Comments

  1. Absolutely stunning. I love your choice of the black and white striped fabric which really adds strength and interest to this gorgeous dress. Your daughter has one very talented mother.

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    1. Thank you, I knew I wanted to bring in another print and I agree it worked out better than I imagined.

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  2. This dress is SO beautiful - what else can be said? Silk shantung is at the very top of my favourite list anyway but I've never seen one with a print like this - every one I've ever purchased has been a plain colour. The vibrancy of this design is just stunning! You're right - too bad (and no wonder!) it's all gone! But a maxi was just the way to showcase it too - total win. Your daughter looks like a super model in it (well she would look like a supermodel in a sack - let's be honest :) )

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  3. Oh my stars!!!!! This is absolutely STUNNING!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  4. LUV LUV LUV, another winner and Mori is beautiful as usual 😍😍

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  5. All I can say is WOW x 1000!

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  6. Beautifuly made and modeled! When Mori smiled it brought even more light and beauty to the dress. Thank you for sharing your talents!

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  7. Absolutely Stunning! I love the floral and stripes combination so much!

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  8. That is stunning...and so are you!

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  9. WOW! Michelle, I always look forward to your posts and this one (like all the others) made me gasp! So gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Sue

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    1. Thanks Sue! I love, love, love this fabric, it was so perfect for this pattern.

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  10. Wow!!Beautiful, I really look forward to seeing your posts you are so talented, your like a picaso with fabric!! Thanks for your lovely posts,keep on sewing.

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  11. Absolutely STUNNING!!!!

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  12. Oh my, Michelle...when I saw this post I just about fell over!! Absolutely exquisite!! Your choice of the black/white stripe trim accent is genius! I can't stop looking at these pictures and your choice of accessories is perfection! Mori is so lucky to have such gorgeous custom-made pieces in her wardrobe! I can't wait to see what you make next!!!

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    1. Thank you Lynne, it was touch and go with the pictures and this location but we prevailed!!!

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  13. This dress is gorgeous. The black and white trim was a excellent choice.

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  14. You leave me speechless every single time! This dress should be on a magazine cover. It is absolutely gorgeous.

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  15. As usual, you hit it out of the park! This is gorgeous! The print and the stripe work so well with each other -- great job!

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    1. Thanks! I'm always trying to mix things up with my prints.

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  17. Wow! Just amazing- this is a red carpet look to be sure. You have such a wonderful eye for what to make with these show stopping prints.

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