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Subject: Sleeveless dress, little jacket, and trapped in the eighties? Date: 8/19/12 10:04 PM

So, as I read the threads here it's increasingly clear that I'm trapped in the eighties. Pants that don't come up to the waist seem like a mistake. And my brain has an absolute rule that curved hems are intended to be tucked in.

So I wanted to ask before I start sewing: Are sleeveless summer dresses with a little sleeved jacket over them also trapped in the eighties, or are they an option in this decade?

I've been fighting with dress patterns, especially with the sleeves. I finally just want to sew a bleeping dress, so I want to try a sleeveless version, and then perhaps make a short-sleeved jacket with raglan sleeves that I can wear over more than one dress. But is that idea incredibly dated?
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Date: 8/19/12 10:26 PM

If little jackets over dresses are 80s, then I'm 80s. ;)

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Date: 8/19/12 11:13 PM

StyleArc patterns immediately came to mind. It's an Australian company that focuses on current fashion trends, and uses photographs to demonstrate how to put their patterns to work to create up-to-the-minute outfits. Scroll down on this page to see how great this sleeveless dress looks with a jacket. Anthea dress

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Date: 8/19/12 11:26 PM

I'm still seeing little sleeveless dresses + jackets in the Chadwick's catalog, if that means anything.

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Date: 8/19/12 11:31 PM

Chadwicks isn't exactly runway fashion....But the look of the dress can't be an 80's silhouette made out of either a ditsy little floral or those linen like fabrics in jewel tones...Ithink that if you wear something that looks like it could be worn on madmen then it will look more of the moment

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Date: 8/19/12 11:44 PM

Here's a few patterns that have dresses with little jackets.

Vintage Vogue 8812

Badgley Mischka 1154

Tom and Linda Platt 1237

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Date: 8/20/12 10:11 AM

I can't think of a time when a dress with a jacket was out of style. It's a matter of noticing the current shape of dresses and the jackets that cover them. How fitted is everything? What is the current hem length? Is volume on top, bottom, or balanced this season? Are shoulders padded and augmented or closely fitted? Does the jacket hem fall at the hip, the waist or even higher? Are peplums and other details in or out? I could go on and on but you get the picture.

Finally, if you like dresses and jackets and feel good in what you are wearing, who cares what decade you are living in? Live it up there!

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Date: 8/20/12 4:21 PM

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Chadwicks isn't exactly runway fashion

Well, current fashion isn't necessarily runway fashion. Those are the big leagues. Most people just want to wear clothes and look nice.

I've seen a fair number of really nice patterns in the last couple of years for sleeveless dresses and little jackets.


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Date: 8/21/12 1:03 PM

Uhm... I know this isn't exactly what you were looking to hear, but if you look good and you are happy with the sleeveless dress and jacket you make for yourself, then that's all I need to know. I don't care if it's on trend -- I care that you are happy in it.

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Date: 8/21/12 1:33 PM

For me: the question is, What do you mean by "little jacket."

I think the shrugs and boleros have had it for now, so as long as the jacket isn't too short, I think the look is totally classic but could also be cute in a street fashioin kinda way if you push it in that direction like this:



Just check the runway for the upcoming season to get an idea about fabrics: I'm still doing big florals, bold patterns, and jewel tone blocking.

j.






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