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« on: April 29, 2010 01:18:33 AM »

The name for this dress comes from the colors and the amount of time it took me to complete! It was completely worth the work, especially when my man and I went up to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve in CA.


There's a video to go with it!

This dress has my favorite shades of yellow! The skirt is made out of a sheet that has an awesome floral paisley pattern with hidden hearts. The white fabric was also a vintage sheet that had belonged to a friend's tenant. It has yellow roses and curls, is soft as can be, and looks awesome with the first yellow sheet. I made bias tape in a silky marigold fabric, which was the only material I bought for this dress, bringing to total cost to about $2.


I was planning on lining the bodice but after hours of frustrated pinning it turned out that the white fabric was thick enough that you can't see through it, and I don't even need the extra support of the lining to wear this dress without a bra. It's also cooler without the extra layer of fabric, and this way I get to feel the soft white fabric against my skin. I'm sure this would have been easy to do if I'd used a pattern, but damnit, I didn't want to use a pattern!


I've got front and back darts that make the bodice fit perfectly but still gives me room to move and wiggle. I put in an invisible zipper at the back (from my mom's stash), and just about got the print to line up on either side.


The pockets are made out of the same silky polyester as the bias tape. They are set into the side seams of the skirt, which are slightly forward. Like always, I made sure that they are deep enough to carry bottles--this time wine fit! They completely conceal cans, which is important since there are open container laws in California. Although I designed it as a sundress for riding my bicycle, it also works great at night with tights and a cardigan.


 I also made a video from our day's adventure! Hooray!

Check out my website for more photos and info!
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2010 01:39:52 AM »

This is gorgeous!! I admire the perfect fitting with the darts and that you made the pattern by yourself! Great pictures, too (make me want to leave the office to go outside in the sun!  Wink )!
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010 05:03:39 AM »

I love the color and how the different patterns work together Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010 08:46:20 AM »

i love the pockets! alcohol consealing pockets are the best. haha. and making this without a pattern shows you are very talented!
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010 11:58:04 AM »

i love the pockets! alcohol consealing pockets are the best. haha. and making this without a pattern shows you are very talented!

I'm from New Orleans where drinking is everywhere, so it's inspired by convenience. Almost all of my pockets are designed with bottles in mind. College was so much better when I brought cocktails to class, and I have been known to pour rum in my can of Dr. Pepper before heading out on the bicycle. I have a very comfortable relationship with drinking and I think it makes my sewing better. Or something like that.

Thanks for the comments!
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2010 02:03:04 PM »

I love it!  The liquor pocket is perfect.  Come to my house and make me clothes?    Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2010 02:38:42 PM »

I love it!  The liquor pocket is perfect.  Come to my house and make me clothes?    Grin

I've never been to Austin but I've been hearing some great things lately!

Maybe I should make a matching flask case? Quilted for insulation, of course!
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2010 02:47:39 PM »

I love it!  The liquor pocket is perfect.  Come to my house and make me clothes?    Grin

I've never been to Austin but I've been hearing some great things lately!

Maybe I should make a matching flask case? Quilted for insulation, of course!

Yes!  That would be awesome.
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2010 07:17:40 AM »

That's an adorable dress. I love the colours and the pockets Cheesy
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