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June 12, 2008

Distinctive Prints: Part 4

Filed under: Fabric,Gigi,sewing — Gigi @ 2:46 pm

Today I am working on the ties for the dress. I wanted them to match the print of the midriff inset which is cut from a crosswise piece of the print. The lengthwise stripe is only a single stripe while the crosswise stripe is double so I had to piece it so that it would match.


Because I only wanted a narrow fuchsia stripe along the length I cut my seam allowances at the center 1/4″ from the outside of the fuchsia stripe and it’s mate 1/4″ from the inside of the fuchsia stripe – hopefully the pictures illustrate what I’m talking about.


When sewn you will see a fuchsia stripe on the right side and on the seam allowance of the wrong side.


I decided to not make the ties match the midriff exactly. Instead, for interest, I made the ties with a fuchsia striped border. Once everything is pieced together you can hardly tell! I tried to be very careful about matching everything up.

I know you are probably wondering why I did not border the midriff inset with fuchsia, aren’t you? Well, I am pretty short-waisted and didn’t want an additional 1/4″ in length so (instead of doing the right thing and removing 1/8″ from the top and the skirt to compensate) I basically took the easy way out and omitted the fuchsia stripe (which I’m now sorry about because it is pretty).


Because I just had enough of the striped border for the ties I backed them with a different part of the print. I also did not have as much length as the pattern called for – and didn’t want to purchase a lot more yardage to get it – so these will probably tie to the back only. Since I’d already used 5 yards of fabric for this dress I really didn’t want to order more.


Not that any of my huge scraps will go to waste! I am going to make a top like this one that Ann made. I love the way she cut the print for a completely different look! I think it’s very artsy.


See Ann’s review of this top HERE.



  1. Ok, I broke down and ordered this fabric. The Sisterhood of the Engineered Border Print? I will be interested to see how this fabric lays out. Gigi your attention to detail is amazing!

    Comment by georgene — June 12, 2008 @ 3:34 pm

  2. This is looking just fabulous!

    Comment by Cindy — June 12, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

  3. That is so fabulous!

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — June 12, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

  4. I ditto the above comments. Fabulous and this detail work shows the difference between a homemade and tailored dress.

    Comment by Els — June 12, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

  5. Your dress is fabulous! I envy your patience. I saw this fabric in NYC recently and although I lobved the print, I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole! You are a master and I bow to you…

    Comment by Sandra — June 12, 2008 @ 6:41 pm

  6. Gigi, you are on FIRE with this print!

    Comment by phyllis — June 12, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

  7. I am very much enjoying watching this dress come together! I ordered some of this, too, because of your posts and got it yesterday. It is really gorgeous and now I need to let it percolate a bit as to what I’m going to do with it. There are a lot of possiblities.

    Comment by Summerset — June 13, 2008 @ 4:45 am

  8. I’d wrestle somebody to the ground for that print.

    Comment by odumnobles — June 13, 2008 @ 8:42 am

  9. Fabulous dress!! Ann is out of that fabric….:(

    Comment by Olivia — June 13, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

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