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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Silk trapeze dress for travelling

I haven't really been sewing much since the spring, so of course I as bitten by the sewing bug less than a week before I headed off for vacation (3 weeks in Australia!!!!).

As if I didn't have enough to do to get ready, my brain decided I needed a new silk dress. I have wanted to make a slip/trapeze type dress for a while, but I think I had been putting it off just because there are so many different styles that I liked, I couldn't decide which type to make! You can see the Pinterest board I had dedicated to this project is a little all over the place.

I ended up keeping it really simple, mostly in the interest of getting this thing done on time and trying to balance getting nice fabric and not spending too much money.

In the end I knew that simpler would be better, so that it would be more flexible to dress up or down and the hardest decision was whether or not to cut it on the bias. I ended up cutting on the straight grain to save money and time (cut on the bias I would have had to have seams in centre front and back as well as the sides and it would have taken a lot longer to sew up).

Catching the last rays of sunlight in Bondi Junction

I'm pretty happy with the dress, and it did come in handy on vacation. We did everything from spend an entire day on the ocean to attend a ballet and I kept packing to a minimum so that I could bring back lots of gifts and souvenirs so everything that I brought had to do double or triple duty. And thank God for Airbnbs with washing machines!!

I like it paired with a white t-shirt for a more casual look. If only I had some white sneakers to go with it! 

Even without cutting it on the bias, this dress moves so nice!

I used the True Bias Ogden Cami pattern and just re-drafted the side seams to give me an A-line shape and extended it to reach below my knees.

I can wear the dress with heels for a more polished look. It also pairs well with a leather jacket.

I love the back neckline! I also love the architecture in Melbourne, where these pics were taken