Monday, December 16, 2013

Sew and Tell: Leather Patch Artsy Print Dress





We have had three snow days this past week. This shot was taken right before the snow started sticking on Tuesday. I don't like snow but luckily the boys were able to go to school! lol. 

 I thought I'd bring you  little warmth by blogging about this leather patch dress I made during the summer. Although the summer was tough for me as I mentioned in this post, making this dress was a high point and I think I was subconsciously starting to work through the whole vulnerability/armor concept here.   


 First off, I LOVE this print. It's very abstract conceptual art reminding me of my days working in a museum. It's also colorful yet muted. I am trying to wear more color and not resort to the grey, black, and brown that I love. I do not like bright colors, I guess it's the New Yorker in me.  

 Although I consider myself a "refashion designer" there are times when working through a concept requires me to sew from scratch. The combination of leather with an artsy print make it edgy yet soft. I love that juxtaposition. 

 Back view of dress

 The waist of the dress is elasticized. The faux leather belt continues the leather theme.
 I also paired it with boots when I took these pics in September. During the summer, I mostly wore this dress to church with wedges. I will definitely continue to wear it during the winter with a bodysuit underneath or with a blazer.

What do you think? 

Okay, I think it's time to leave summer behind and get back to winter fashion: My next blog post will be a tutorial of an infinity scarf from a sweater. Stay tuned!

17 comments:

  1. This is a fabulous dress with wonderful shape - love the leather belt with it. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, and I am longing for a dust of snow like yours!

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    1. Thank you Patti! I love being part of Visible Monday! One of the best linkups out there. We are supposed to get snow tomorrow too, ugh, i'll send some your way!

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  2. looks fab, do like the colours. Seen on Handmade Harbour

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    1. Thank you Trace! I am hoping to find more fabric with these type of colors. Now I can say I wear color, lol.

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  3. The dress is lovely, but I really love the photo of the snow from your window.

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    1. Thanks Annabellouise! I love this photo too, came out quite nice. I should do more location pics.

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    1. Thanks GinxCraft! I appreciate you stopping by.

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  5. What a lovely dress - the fabric is gorgeous. The belt is brilliant - so unusual. Brrrrr, hope the snow didn't last long xx

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    1. Gertie, thank you. We just got piled on a week later, this Tuesday! Still snow on the ground. At least it's an excuse to wear boot, which I love. Thank for stopping by!

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  6. I am so jealous of your sewing talent! I love your choice of fabric and pairing it with the leather.

    You got a bit of snow and we got dumped on. I am really ready for winter to be over…like 3 weeks ago.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Suzanne! I love the winter sans the snow - love fall/winter fashion. oh, and anyone can learn to sew, when I started my projects quickly turned into pajamas!

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  7. I love the soft edginess of this dress! You did a beautiful job.

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    1. Thank you Theresa! I have more prints which were given to me, thinking of making some more frocks like these. Thank you for stopping by!

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  8. Great dress, very soft/tough with the leather and boots. The print wants a bit of an edge and loves the textural and weight contrast, you are quite right. And I understand the urge for muted color. I particularly don't like being pushed to wear color, particularly when that's all that's available in our limited shopping resources here. I wear it, but it has to be something I love these days.

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    1. Jan, thank you! From the looks of your posts, you definitely know how to work any color you wear! I'm light skinned so I feel I disappear in bright colors but when I look at my wardrobe, it can seem like I am wearing a uniform cuz all my clothes are the same colors. As always, I appreciate u stopping by!

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  9. Beautiful dress! Seriously wish I knew how to sew :-) Thanks for sharing! ~Kelly @ Eyes On The Source

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