colorblocked kat dress


Phew! Here it is, my dress is finally finished. I started this baby way back in July 2009 as a rush job to wear to my friend Kat’s wedding, but decided I liked how it was turning out too much to finish it in such a hurry. So I packed it up, went to the wedding and have just had it sitting around in my brain and studio since then.


When I pulled it out of the storage bag a few weeks ago, I realized that I needed to re-make the bodice as well as pleat the skirt rather than gathering for a cleaner look, and I’m glad I did! It’s sort of a mish-mosh of fibers, the ivory fabric is cotton, the grey is silk and the coral is “assorted fibers” per the Vogue Fabrics tag.


Inside the bodice is a bustier made from canvas (mmm not regular canvas though, some sort of stiff dressmaking fabric I only know as canvas) and block fused charmeuse which is boned. I don’t have a picture of the inside, but the charmeuse sure is nice on the skin! I love a bustier with canvas and boning because things stay put better and you’re not always hiking up the strapless dress. The only thing I forgot is to sew in the hanger ribbons, so that’s a bit of a bummer. Oh well, at least it’s done! 

On another, very random note, I stopped using conditioner in my hair a week or two ago. I think it’s going pretty well so far. Does anyone else not use conditioner?

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10 Responses to colorblocked kat dress

  1. becka says:

    It looks great! I love the chill but sophisticated babydoll feel it's got, so good. I go back and forth with conditioner, for a long time I didn't use it mostly out of laziness, but now I think my hair has gotten used to it. I'd actually like to try doing the baking soda and apple cider vinegar wash and give up shampoo for awhile, but it scares me a bit!

  2. petiterepublic says:

    i love this dress! 🙂 great color and lines!

  3. Julie says:

    oh my god, it's gorgeous!! I absolutely love this dress.

  4. The Sweatshop of Love says:

    So cute! I'm absolutely in love with that dress. The neckline is lovely. It's like mod in a modern way. I would wear that dress every day. And rhyme.

  5. jen says:

    Thanks everyone…I'm pretty smitten with it myself if I do say so! Hopefully it makes me rhyme cause that would be pretty fun.

    becka – I totally hear you on the baking soda thing, I've read up on it and something about it is preventing me from doing it. Probably all the experimenting for the correct recipe for your hair, I'm not good at that. Haha.

  6. well-crafted says:

    Jen, this dress is beautiful and looks splendid on you. Very impressive.

  7. J says:

    This is really really beautiful, I just love it!

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  9. Meghan says:

    It’s so pretty! I can’t wait for the pattern.

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