October 19, 2013

The flounce dress - worn in style

The flounce dress is finished! And I managed to convince E to put a bit of extra time into taking pictures of it. 
Although I had told him I'd go for full-on retro styling, he laughed out when he saw me like this...
I like it though. 

Anyway...

Yes, there I am, venturing out in the flounce dress, accesoirized to the nines with heels, seamed stockings and vintage handbag, gloves and hat...

That collar is of course meant to be worn down, but I found out I could play around with putting it up.

Oh, and when posing in a retro outfit, I think I can get away with using some retro filters...



I'm really happy with the dress. Its shape turned out pretty much the way I had expected, which is, at least in my opinion, really flattering. The soft flannel makes it really comfortable (although it does stick to my stockings a bit. I think I should finally make that half slip...) and I managed to match up those checks fairly well. You may not see it in these pictures, but the front of the skirt is cut in two pieces with the seam hidden in the flounce. This allowed me to cut the side seams on the straight grain, so they could match the edges of the back skirt. The flounce is created by gathering and pulling up a part of that more-than-half-circle front skirt and sewing to a yoke-like piece of cotton on the inside. I did that when the dress was pretty much finished so I could determine how it would behave: I wanted my side seams straight and the hemline pulled up just a bit at the flounce. Oh, and obviously, this flounce provides plenty of ease for movement. I think I could easily cycle in this dress.
All in all, I'm happy and I'm already eyeing up the two other, larger pieces of flannel (in other designs) in my stash and any kind of inspiration for those...

16 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic. Love it. I just learned about flaring skirts in draping, so I actually understood what you were talking about when you said your front side seams are on the straight grain. :)

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  2. Love the dress and the styling s great!

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  3. Ik zag je foto's op We Sew Retro en ik dacht meteen; dat moet Nederland zijn! Je jurk is geweldig! En goede styling ook! Leuk om nog een naai blogger uit Nederland te vinden!

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  4. Oh my goodnes, I've only just discovered your blog. This is amazing!

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  5. Beeyoutiful! Love the plaid you've used with that pattern and love how well it fits! You totally could cycle in that dress! Love the accessories you've used as well. Nicely done.

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  6. I love it all - the fabric, the shape, the red and black accessories. Beautiful retro outfit! *^o^*

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  7. Yipppeeee! I love it! Love the hat too! Perfect ensemble!

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  8. You look amazing in the outfit. So beautiful! The outfit is totally fantastic and I love your styling too.

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  9. Wow! You look so gorgeous! I really love this style on you, it shows off your tiny waist perfectly.

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  10. Oh that is one fabulous dress and you look great in it. Love the styling too.
    -Sewingelle

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  11. you look fantastic, great outfit and love the accessories.

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  12. This is wonderful! With your fantastic styling it looks like you've just stepped out of a 1950s fashion magazine! The draping of the skirt is just perfect, and you are correct - it is super flattering. I'd love to see some photos of the construction of the skirt drape...

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  13. GORGEOUS. Love the flounce, the styling and the pics. You look a million bucks!

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