Border Print Trapeze Dress

IMG_6940Trapeze dresses feel very ‘sixties’ to me. I love the shape, but I always have the urge to put a belt on them….

IMG_6975I’m always trying to give myself a waist, LOL!

This dress is made from another border print from my stash that I found last summer in Budapest. I was wandering with my friends in the central city, when we happened upon this magical place. This photo shows only one wall of fabric…there were several more! I spent two hours there, but could have spent two more. IMG_4917

My fabric is a cross between a ponte knit and a scuba knit. IMG_6920 After making my last border print dress with M7532, I knew that simple shape would be perfect for this fabric.

 

It looks just like this pattern from the sixties….

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I made this version of McCalls 7532 with a slight variation on the back neck facing. Instead of cutting it with the simple rounded shape, I copied the front bodice V-neck for a bit of drama. This back is almost identical to back of the Burda top I made last summer.

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I also made the flutter sleeves on View A as I didn’t have enough fabric to do anything else!

IMG_6969This dress is so easy to wear and the fabric doesn’t wrinkle much. I’m always fascinated by how a fabric choice can make a simple dress look so different.  My last version was chambray, which I love. But I think this fabric shows off the trapeze shape better. It would be interesting to see how this dress would look made from a flow-y silk or charmeuse…What do you think? Belted or not? 

Happy sewing! And thanks for stopping by!

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32 thoughts on “Border Print Trapeze Dress

  1. VERY pretty dress! The unbelted version looks so easy to wear for an informal outing. Dress it up with the belt for a different more formal outfit. I really like both the looks.

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    1. Thanks so much! You raise a good point! It is easier to see the details of the fabulous border print when the belt is off.

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  2. So basically, I’d fly to Budapest and neglect all the lovely scenery in favor of camping out at that store where someone would find me half-starved in a stack of fabric bolts about a year later. 😀
    This is totally a 60s silhouette. I’m pro-belt with this fabric–it has a softness to it that looks really pretty with the belt. Maybe in something more structured sans belt would look really cool.

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    1. You and I think alike. if my husband hadn’t intervened I would have likely blown off the rest of the city in favor of fabric shopping:) Another pro belt opinion…the belt does gather some of the dresses volume nicely!

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  3. So I gasped at the dress. But then I said, “WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!” when I saw it belted.

    AMAZING!!! It looks like a top and skirt and it looks chic and stylish and beautiful and EVERYTHING! 😀

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    1. What a lovely compliment! THank-you. It is funny how the belt makes the dress morph into a completely different thing. I sure didn’t expect that at all!

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    1. Thank-you! I’m so glad I found this fabric. My receipt says the name of the store is “Szív Wool-Tex Kereskedelmi Kft.” It was so great. I hope to return there some day!

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  4. This dress is fabulous, pattern and fabric are a great combination as they compliment eachother perfectly and I will vote with belt:) ! the fabric shop looks like heaven, do you remember the name?

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