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Sundial Bridge

Sundial Bridge, Redding, CA

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My Little Navy Dress

About a year ago I saw this dress in a magazine and tore it out and pinned it to my sewing bulletin board.   Along with the other 15 or so magazine photos I have pinned there.  There it stayed until last spring when I went fabric shopping with my cousin Teri.  dress scan

She lives near several great fabric stores!  So we went shopping and I found some navy blue cotton eyelet.  I had never seen cotton eyelet in navy!  It seemed like a great fabric for a dress; casual, easy to wear, and great color!  So I used the magazine inspiration to design my navy, eyelet dress.

dress&coat 004I lined the bottom with silk lining so it feels really comfortable and I lined the top part with silk organza in navy because I didn’t want it too sheer.

dress&coat 006I used my dress form and created and changed the pattern a bit.  When it came to the hem, I just left it trimmed to the eyelet.  I used an invisible zipper and added a little vent at the bottom.

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I am really pleased with my dress!

Then I though about wearing it and concluded that a jacket would make a finished outfit.  I have made many jackets and I wanted something different and more current.  About that time I watched a piece on TV on Michelle Obama and I saw her in that lemon grass colored coat.  I remember watching her on Jan. 20th and thinking what a great outfit she wore.  So…

I decided to make a coat for my navy dress.  I wanted similar fabric with that comfortable, easy wear feeling. So I went back to the fabric store and found 100% linen in navy! 

dress&coat 022I made a linen coat in navy to wear with the eyelet dress.  The dress had a low v-neck front and back.  So the coat has a higher neck and four buttons.  I found them at Britex in San Francisco!

dress&coat 029I wanted to inject some color into this outfit so I added  a lively lining.

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I’m really pleased with this entire outfit.  The coat can be worn with other outfits.  The dress can be worn alone or with a colorful shawl.  I can dress up the outfit for a more formal occasion.  Or keep it simple for casual events.

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This outfit took me all summer to make.  But it wasn’t difficult sewing.

I entered this outfit into a sewing contest.  Go to: http://www.craftstylish.com/contest/fall-fashion-challenge-09

and check out my competition!

~Kathy

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