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A dress to match a necklace

Yep, it’s been a while!  After returning from Alaska (and purchasing even more land!), school started for the boys, then it started for me (for the classes I take) and a month later school started again (for the classes I teach).  Somewhere in there, we did a major remodel in our house and then painted and replaced carpeting in half the house.  Sewing has been low on the priority list!  Note: this has not kept me from amassing more and more fabric in the wild hopes that I will eventually have time and access to my sewing room again 🙂  

Even though I haven’t been sewing a lot, but I do have a few completed projects to document.  First up is this dress sewn back in July, and solely made to coordinate with the necklace made by my brother’s girlfriend (thank you, Olivia!):

The fabric is a ponte knit (from Harts Fabric), with a nice weight.  I liked the “scratch plaid” pattern and it played well with the variegation of the stones in the necklace.  

The pattern is a simple, 60s style shift from Burda Style. (B7031)  I love, love, love the French darts, but it makes me laugh that the description says the dress has “unsophisticated style lines”.  Huh? Perhaps lost in translation?

I omitted the back zipper since the neckline is wide enough and the fabric has enough stretch.

The dress is amazingly comfortable, yet stylish enough to wear to work.  While I wore it with pointy toed black flats this fall, I’ll definitely pair it with boots and tights when the weather gets colder.  
More Fall looks to follow!

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