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Is the Duro dress the new poncho?
Or can I make it up before it's out of style?
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Date: 7/6/06 2:05 PM

I like the duro knock-offs like McCall's 5147, but are they destined to be the next poncho - the item everyone wears for a moment then the next is dated and disdained? It's just that I've seen them a few too many places, between discussions here and the two new patterns (simplicity and mccalls) and then Lucky just did a two-page spread. Strange, the one place I haven't seen them is real life. So is this a trend that's worth making up and wearing or is it already on it's way out? I'd hate to put all the work into fitting and making this only to feel self-concious wearing it. I guess part is that I'm such a classics girl that anything hinting of trendiness scares me. But every once in a while I want something a little more fun than pencil skirts and fitted tees. :)

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Date: 7/6/06 2:20 PM

I am also seeing this everywhere - except on the street. I'm also worried about the longevity of this look but it looks comfy enough to go straight from today's fashion to tomorrow's jammies.

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Date: 7/6/06 2:40 PM

I am lucky (???) enough to live in small town America (Wa state) that things that are *it* in larger cities ahven't made it here yet, and once they do they're "in style" for a while longer than in the previously mentioned metropolitan areas. I've been first with many things here (due to PR of course!!), and I am soooo not "with it" fashion-wise anymore. Of course teens/young adults have their own thing going on, I'm talking about actual adults, LOL! I just bought the Simplicity pattern for this and plan to make it up for fall. I bet I will be one of the only ones wearing it, and people will believe me to be very fashionably and trendy..!

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Date: 7/6/06 2:44 PM

What is duro?

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Date: 7/6/06 3:14 PM

Kit, if you really like the look, and no one in your area is wearing it yet, it would probably be worth it to make the dress--with the idea that it might be a one-season wonder. But those can be fun while they last.

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Date: 7/6/06 3:22 PM

There are quite a few of these dresses in the independent fashion shops here in Oz. The chain stores have yet to bring out the new season's garments..they are still clearing all their winter dregs.
The ones that I see are not the highly gathered waisted styles though, more like the Simplicity one with either set in sleeves or slim dolman sleeves and no gathers at the empire line.

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Date: 7/6/06 3:25 PM

Just got my Lucky magazine yesterday, and they have a line-up of these as "the" late summer dress to have. Their examples were all mostly made of silk, and all $300.

I think the HP Hippy Chick Dress is similar in style, but doesn't have as much kimono styling.

I don't know. I really just wear what I like for as long as I like it. Never did have a poncho, but thought a few those ponchos were awfully cute on the right person.

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Date: 7/6/06 4:02 PM

Kitn-

I'm like you on the classic rather than trendy end of the fashion spectrum. I bought this pattern with the same trepidation, but I bought it with the idea of morphing it into a tone-on-tone jacket--that way I can get something of the shape that appeals to me but without the expiration date.

From Gigi's review, I think I would take some of the fullness out of the back skirt, but if you think past the multi-colored banding and the print fabrics it is always being shown in, it is very like the kimono coats/jackets Parisian designers made in the early 20th century. Even as a dress, I think in the right fabrics, it could be given a much longer life span than the pattern envelopes would indicate.

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Date: 7/6/06 4:10 PM

I got the Simplicity version at the 99 cent sale at Hancocks. I'm still waffling on this one because I'm not sure how this style is going to look on me.
I'd like to make one for the fall with a pair of those great boots.

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Date: 7/6/06 4:32 PM

I saw a recent picture of Gwen Stefani wearing one.

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