THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

June 13, 2008

Distinctive Prints: Final

Filed under: Accessories,Fabric,Gigi,Patterns,sewing,Uncategorized — Gigi @ 2:44 pm

I finally finished my dress today! This fabric was so much fun to work with and I’m so happy with the way it turned out. Luck was on my side as the ties turned out to be long enough to wrap around the back and to the front. They aren’t long enough to tie in a bow but I think they look good just like this.


I can also tie them to the back for a different look


Here are the miters at the hemline. I doubt anyone will notice them because the skirt is a-line but it needed to be done!



I’ve decided to wear the dress with these gold Via Spiga platform sandals (I also have some gold flats that would dress it down a bit)


and my black Mulberry bag. I LOVE the casual chic of Mulberry bags! They look like some vintage leather bag you’ve been carrying forever – a true rich hippie look.


Jewelry: yellow and white gold dangly earrings, an armful of yellow and white gold bangles (these will join the silver and gold Cape Cod bracelet that I never take off) and a beautiful amber and silver ring I bought in Alaska.


Last but not least: I meant to mention this in one of my previous posts but completely forgot about it. This is the complete idiot’s guide to cutting perfectly mirror-imaged sleeves! Cut your first sleeve then use it as a pattern for the second sleeve by laying it face down on your fabric, matching the pattern exactly. Foolproof! Notice that I centered the motif with the shoulder notch on the sleeve.


In case you missed my previous posts, here are the links:

Distinctive Prints: Part 1

Distinctive Prints: Part 2

Distinctive Prints: Part 3

Distinctive Prints: Part 4


  1. I absolutely love this dress. The fabric is TDF and your handling of the pattern is superb. Plus I am having serious shoe envy.

    Comment by dei — June 13, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

  2. […] turned out. It was a lot of fun working everything out with this print! You can see my final post HERE (hit the back button to return […]

    Pingback by I finished it! « Behind The Seams — June 13, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

  3. That dress is too fabulous! I absolutely love that print! Fabulous accessories too!

    Comment by erica b. — June 13, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

  4. I LOVE IT!!!!!! I was not fond of this print at first, and now I simply ADORE IT!!!

    Comment by adrienne — June 13, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

  5. This project was totally fabulous! The dress turned out beautifully. Watching this come to fruition has encouraged me to never settle.
    Can’t wait for the next project!

    Comment by Laura — June 13, 2008 @ 4:49 pm

  6. K-I-L-L-E-R ! ! !

    Comment by phyllis — June 13, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

  7. That is so wonderful! Please do have someone take a photo of you with all of the wonderful accessories. Stylin’!!

    Comment by georgene — June 13, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

  8. Amazing. Not a big fan of the print itself, but you have engineered it into one beautiful dress.

    Comment by Meg — June 13, 2008 @ 9:35 pm

  9. An absolutely divine dress. You did an amazing job.

    Comment by jodz — June 13, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

  10. Smashing…stunning…gorgeous!!! I love the accessories. I’m sure everyone would agree that we’d love to see a photo of you in it, all decked out with the accessories you chose.
    Thank you for the tutorial. I too wasn’t a huge fan of this fabric until I saw what you did with it.

    Comment by Claire — June 14, 2008 @ 8:14 am

  11. Totally, utterly fabulous. But of course it is – you made it! 🙂

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — June 14, 2008 @ 8:21 am

  12. Totally amazing! You took that fabric from a really intimidating (to me) large print to an awesome, one-of-a-kind dress. How do you do that and could you please bottle it and send some my way?

    Comment by Alexandra — June 14, 2008 @ 4:07 pm

  13. Stunning dress!

    Comment by Isabelle — June 15, 2008 @ 7:29 am

  14. Love the print — you did a wonderful job centering and lining up.

    Comment by Joey — June 15, 2008 @ 11:01 am

  15. Perfection!

    Comment by Maja — June 16, 2008 @ 11:46 pm

  16. I love it! It is beautiful! Realy! Kiss Silvia

    Comment by sismada — June 17, 2008 @ 6:33 pm

  17. Fabuloso! Great choice of accessories. Border prints are such such fun.

    Comment by Bunny — June 17, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

  18. WOW, this is great.
    The BELT was worth every minute of the making, such an Italian couture look.
    Tied in the front, It really makes the dress dramatic and gives it a great focus.

    Comment by Jen O — June 17, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

  19. I got this fabric in the mail today. It is the strangest engineered print ever! Gigi you are a mastermind to have figured this out, it makes no sense at all…I will have to study the layout a lot before I can figure out how to cut this.

    Comment by georgene — June 19, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

  20. Your dress is outstanding and thank you for tutorials on working with distinctive patterns. It will definitely come in handy in the future.

    Comment by Cennetta — June 20, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  21. i love how you matched the dress with corresponding jewelry and shoes. it’s ultra chic!

    Comment by kristy — July 3, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

  22. what pattern did you use and where did you get the fabric, I am in love!!!

    Comment by amy choate — July 17, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

  23. Hi Amy, I used Bold Boho Chic Jersey from and the Cosmopolitan Dress pattern from Glad you liked my dress!

    Comment by Gigi — July 17, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

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