2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

June 18, 2009

TOWN GOWN

Here's my new "Town Gown" as Old Navy calls them. I rarely ever wear a long dress, but I did want one of the new styles for the summer. I had a dickens of a time trying to decide what pattern to go with and finally made a choice when I saw Gold's version of the same pattern. I wanted something really cheerful and bright for summer so I used this slightly polished cotton for the dress. I bought it spring '08 so it was in my stash for over a year.

I increased the size of the dress in the bodice area a little too much so had to gather to take up the slack in the front. Rather than hemming the neck and arm areas, I self lined the bodice pieces. I also added a braided self tie at the bodice area for just a little something different. I like the dress, but have to get used to wearing all that fabric over my legs. I think I'll be taking this one on vacation with me.

24 comments:

  1. Love it. I saw Gold's and wanted one, I plan to make one this summer but can't make up my mind, now I have to add yours to my list of options. Love the braid, very nice touch.

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  2. Your dress looks great.

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  3. I'm sewing this RIGHT NOW lol. Looks great!

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  4. Faye, beautiful dress. Don't you just love it???

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  5. Linda- can we just talk? This is a beautiful dress. I know it will be beautiful on you. I believe this wil travel well. You have to tell me how it feel when you where it.

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  6. Just perfect for summer!

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  7. Good looking creation, girl. Looks like it feels soft and comfy.

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  8. This dress is really nice! I love the fabric and the way you dressed up the pattern with the gathers and braid! Way to go girl, as they say!

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  9. Faye, Your last few projects have been beautiful. I love this dress! I'm with you - never really have worn long dresses, heck, I don't wear dresses period. I love the braid too. I tell my students to do that a lot. I love they way it comes out on most things.
    Good Job! I bet you can't wait to go on your vacation. Enjoy!

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  10. You'll be very fashionable in this maxi. Beautiful color. This dress wants a veranda and a mint julep!

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  11. Cute summer dress.

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  12. OMG, everyone has this pattern...including me! *LOL* My daughter made one for herself and her sister, too. So I guess I should get on the ball and come up with my own version.

    Yours is beautiful! I love the colors and the belt that you made. Are you taking this on vacation with you?

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  13. Really cute. Let's get some photos of you lolling in the sun in this dress.

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  14. Wow that is fabulous! Love the color, so summery!

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  15. Pretty Dress and its the perfect garment for the summer.

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  16. Very pretty colors!

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  17. This is my favorite maxi that I have seen! I might make one more...

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  18. Oooh, gorgeous. :-)

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  19. Love it. The fabric is just so fresh and summery!

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  20. Awesome fabric. The dress looks great!

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  21. Wow! That's one nice summery dress.Good job!

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  22. i love all the beautiful fabrics in the new shapes. you are creating a simply fabulous, and wardrobe - full of positive energy!

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  23. Great dress! Love the fabric!

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