Dresses are a girl’s best friend in the summer. In the spirit of all things summer, we want to see your summer dress creations! Show off your sewing stuff in our SewStylish Summer Dress to Impress Contest. To enter, simply upload an image of a summer dress you’ve made. Don’t forget to include up-close shots of the details that make your design unique as well as a shot of the entire garment. Your dress can be made from a pattern you purchased or an original design. Please be sure to include a detailed write-up describing how you made your dress along with any special sewing details you want pointed out.
Entries must be received by July 23rd, 11:59 p.m. to qualify. You could win great prizes including a StyleBasic Dress Form from Manne-King and a $50.00 gift card from us (Britex Notions.) SewStylish will chose their favorite 5 dresses based on originality, technique and quality, and then you’ll vote on the winner!
We adore Liberty of London! Melody made this gorgeous 2 ½ yard long, patchwork scarf out of over 30 Liberty of London cotton lawn prints. Every type of Liberty print is represented, from swirling paisleys, to dainty florals, to charming conversationals. Each patchwork piece is 2 ¾”, and the entire scarf is double-faced. It is for sale on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor ($225)
Sophia (age 5) designed this vibrantly-colored knit summer dress. We love the cascading tiers of scrumptious orange ruffles, and how she has paired her dress with knit pants. Her grandmother Tita sewed it for her, and is planning on whipping up another one. The fabric is called Cha-Cha Ruffles, is 93% polyester/7% lycra, 47” wide, and $24.99 a yard.
This is a brilliant frock for cavorting in the cool waters of Trivali Fountain at 4am while singing “Dancing Queen”. The full skirt is created with exquisite imported Swiss silk fabric that is embroidered and appliquéd, then sprinkled with a scattering of clear crystals. The appliquéd fleurs are charmingly three-dimensional. This is a 2 7/8 yard piece, 54” wide, and costs $1,995 for the length. The bodice is made of a soft ivory silk Mikado which is 56” wide and $59.99 a yard. The waistline is enhanced with pliant double-faced black satin ribbon, and the choker is fashioned of a pair of beaded trim appliqués. The silk organza skirt is held beautifully aloft by 50 yards of 72” wide black nylon net.
Father’s day will be here in a few weeks. Knit ties are the latest fashion for the jaunty dad in your life. A pirate blue cotton knit tie would look perfect paired with summer whites while paddle-boating in Hyde Park on Serpentine Lake. This chic knit necktie is made using a garter stitch and one skein of fingering weight cotton blend yarn.
Who could ever guess the amount of structure that goes into making this lacy waist-enhancing confection? Mary made this wide belt that is reminiscent of a waist cincher, of delicate French Chantilly lace. Beneath the lace, there are multiple layers of buckram, power net, silk chiffon, Swiss batiste, all fastened in the back with a leather buckle. (click photo to see a similar Chantilly lace trim)
Basting is crucial for constructing well-fitted garments. Chapter 8 from the book “Paris Frocks at Home” (1930), covers basic basting techniques, including armhole basting, basting tucks or pleats, and basting points and curves to ensure sharp points and curvilinear curves. (Thanks to VintageSewing.info for providing us with this resource!)
Dale is wearing a wool tailored jacket and skirt in shades of toast. She chose the skirt pattern because the front seams line up with the jackets princess seams, forming a sleek vertical look. The jacket was made from a McCall’s Palmer and Pletsch pattern, and the skirt from a Style pattern (both are discontinued.) The skirt fabric was bought a few months ago from Britex’s wool sale table, the jacket is Britex wool flannel with silk charmeuse lining, and all of the notions were found on Britex’s 3rd floor. Dale demonstrated her finely honed sewing skills with numerous fitting alterations, made easier by the jacket’s multiple seams.
Laura is wearing an enchanting handmade double-tiered wedding veil. The veiling is made of silk tulle, and it is adorned with silk ribbon and vintage silk lace edging. The edging lace has a pyramid motif that is reminiscent of the Art Deco era, and is lightly embellished with glass seed beads. One veil is 21” long, and the other one is 24” long ($345).
We have paired it with a stunning, understated silk from our 1st floor. This gleaming ballet pink silk is scattered with luminous white pearls. It is $49.99/yard and 45” wide.
Britex Fabrics has a 2 5/8 yard piece of this amazing silver metal-embellished black chiffon! This beaded fabric was used by the designer Katie Simone as a simple mini-skirt in her 2009 collection, and featured in InStyle magazine. We love the delicious contrast of the heavy cold metal, to the airy and soft chiffon. It is $350 for the piece, 4.25″ wide (metal to metal), and 2 7/8 yards in length.