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Shifty Sheath Dress

22nd June 2016

I am sure it is not just me, unfinished creative work is all too common, common enough for it to have a whole Wikipedia article about it. I have even heard of the term UFO – UnFinished Object. Just like every other (I am sure) sewing and crafting enthusiast, I have a stash of those. The ones that I actually do want to finish are on display, generally hanging on the door, so I can see them as often as I pass by. The ones that are hidden away, most probably have lost their appeal, or, what I like to tell myself, I have not yet matured to complete my vision.

This one has been 5 years in the making. Well, it was finished and given to my mum, but as it was one of my very first projects after actually buying a sewing machine (I initially only wanted to make curtains), it was full or inaccuracies and I think the lining was a little too stiff – I was still figuring out fabrics’ behaviour. So it was duly returned to me for some adjustments, which I didn’t feel inspired enough to make until very recently. Essentially, the dress only needed a new lining (and also restitching the seams and yoke piece had to be recut again), and et voilĂ !

Safe to say, if mum wants it, she will have to fight me! I love everything about the dress: the length, how it drapes, how simple it is without a belt (shift dress) and how fierce it becomes when styled with one (almost sheath dress). And my favourite bit – looking sexy without showing much, barely anything, in fact.

Fabric is crepe georgette, I think, with velvety burnout print, its light and drapes really well. Based on BurdaStyle Bubble Dress #132 from 09/2011 issue, but instead of jazzy vibe, my version has a completely different aura about it. Check it out!

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