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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Is the rich hippie look so five minutes ago? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Is the rich hippie look so five minutes ago?
Or should I go ahead and make this dress?
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Date: 5/22/06 10:57 AM

Hi, I want some opinions. Those of you who know me and my style will probably wonder what in the world I am thinking as my look is fairly tailored and classic with a retro touch now and again. But I think I have stumbled onto a pattern for some striped red silk with lurex that has been in my stash FOREVER. It is so hard to find patterns for stripes, and I have discarded idea after idea for this fabric. Now I am thinking about this.
What do you think. Is the moment for this dress going to slip by too fast?
Now, If I made this one, I could just keep wearing it until I got too fat, too old, or the moths ate it. I seldom get tired of my clothes and keep things for a long time.

This fabric has become a challenging puzzle to me, and I am determined to try to sew SOMETHING from it this year. If you would like to join the loud, fancy striped fabric game, post your suggestions and opinions.
Thanks for playing.

I almost forgot to add, yardage is not an issue. I have lots of it.
-- Edited on 5/22/06 10:58 AM --
-- Edited on 5/22/06 10:59 AM --

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Date: 5/22/06 11:32 AM

I don't care for the first pattern, but the second one is gorgeous.

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Date: 5/22/06 11:50 AM

I kind of second Nanflan.

I've seen the Duro style dress on women with slim figures, and elegant posture like yours, and to my eye it isn't showing them off to best advantage.

I love your Missoni-esque dress on you, and more of a straight, slim 1920's 1930's kind of look for you if it's retro
than full puffy skirts or lots of volume on top.

But this is just my opinion, and feel free to discard liberally, of course!

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Date: 5/22/06 12:11 PM

Thanks, I didn't know they were called "Duro" style, so I learned something. I'm definitely open to more suggestions, so anyone else, feel free to chime in. Some that I have considered and discarded are:

kwik sew 3049


burda 03/2005 #114 (I am definitely making a little black day dress from this one. I love how a Burda WOF dress is so deceptively simple and plain until you make it, put on your shoes and jewelry, and smile. They never wear you, if you know what I mean.)



I will probably make a shirt also for a little glitz with a black pantsuit when I finally find my TNT darted shirt pattern.

Oh, and I almost forgot that I have also considered an Asian cheongsam for this fabric.
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Date: 5/22/06 12:40 PM

That Vogue pattern looks the most chic and timeless to my eye, and although I hate to say it, the kimono-style bodice is starting to look a tee bit overdone here in NYC aka trend-central...

Of note, I sewed up KS 3049 and decided it didn't do much for my waist and hips.

Nancy

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Date: 5/22/06 1:01 PM

Quote: ndesimon
I hate to say it, the kimono-style bodice is starting to look a tee bit overdone here in NYC aka trend-central...


That was my main concern about that dress. The Vogue style seems to be getting all the votes.
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Date: 5/22/06 1:04 PM

Gigi made that McCall's pattern and the way she trimmed it with self fabric makes it look less boho-chic. Here's her writeup on it.. I think either of those dresses would look great on you. You could also try New Look 6557:



and modify it to add a CF seam to all the front pieces, then lay the stripes on the bias. I think that would be a nice look.

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Date: 5/22/06 1:13 PM

This is getting to be fun. Thanks, Ann, for the link to your collaborative blog.
Gigi's version does manage to look sophisticated.

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Date: 5/22/06 2:35 PM

Why did you reject kwik sew 3049? It looks designed for stripes.

While I love that Vogue I can't see it in red stripes.

How wide are the stripes, that makes a difference too.

Anything with too much fullness or piecing is going to get out of control busy with stripes unless they're really skinny ones.

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Date: 5/22/06 2:47 PM

Most of my clothes scream Karin but once in a while I make something just becourse it is NOT me. It could be the color or the style and sometimes itīs a hit and sometimes itīs not.
I think you should surprise yourself!

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