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I made another couple of things for SEWN recently, and though they’re not for me, I think they’re worth sharing.  I’ve really enjoyed making things for this store even if they don’t end up selling (I hope they do!).  It’s good to work with fabrics that I love even if they aren’t things that I would personally wear.  So it is with all of these back cutout dresses.

Bow back refashion

My lovely friend D agreed again to be my model.  She modeled some of my other dresses for SEWN here.  We’ve decided it’s fun to play dress up and no doubt I need to properly just make her something as a treat!

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This stripe dress was a RTW dress I found.  I had an idea for a back cutout with bows that bridge the gap.  One of my son’s friends has a dress like this and it seemed a fun style for an adult as well.  I kept the front neckline the same and simply cut the back.  The back neckline is bound with foldover elastic.  For the bows, I cut bits of hot pink rayon/lycra from an old wrap top that I made eons ago.  Little strips of the navy stripe gather the centers of the bows.

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The bows are simply attached behind the foldover elastic by stitching over where I attached the elastic and then right on the edge.  The only tricky bit was making sure that the bow was not too floppy.  No doubt this would’ve been easier on a dress form.  As it is, I tried it on, trying to imagine that my shoulders were as wide as this dress requires.  It fits D in the back really quite well.

Umbrella drink dress

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I couldn’t believe my luck when this fabric showed up at the thrift store.  There’s a LOT of junk at thrift stores, but if you’re willing to look regularly, sometimes you find some gems.  This cotton is one of those gems.  All I could think was that this fabric needs a pina colada.  If ever we took a cruise, this beachy print sprinkled with sand and starfish punctuated with red and teal would seem completely appropriate.

The pattern has a great back cutout that’s gathered into the front waist.  It manages to show some skin at the back while not being distasteful.  Pair it with the high/low hem, and this dress is really perfect for summer.  I love it so much, I will literally cry if someone doesn’t buy it.

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Geo squares and zigzag wax print dress

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Can you believe I found this fabric thrifting too?  Who in her right mind throws out real wax print fabric?  After working with it, I get why people love this fabric so much.  It manages to be structural and yet it drapes really well and handles more delicate things like gathers.  Plus it’s easy to sew and press.  Combine that with the vibrant prints and I will never pass up a chance to work with this stuff!

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The same Burdastyle 08-2014-116 looks really different in this fabric.  The wax print gives it a little more drama, and my addition of the coral foldover elastic on the sleeves and neck edge break up the print a little.

I’ve been excited to share these dresses for a while!  Thanks for reading!

Shop update Winter 2016

I’ve been working on making more items for SEWN Denver, this time with a more winter focus.  Before I get to those, I have 2 of my skirts listed in my freshly updated Etsy shop.  Each are $47 plus shipping.  Items will ship in a USPS Priority small flat rate box.  I’ll be adding more items to my Etsy shop.  Watch for updates here and on my Instagram.

 

Ric Rac pocket floral skirt

Waist: 29.5, Hip: 36.5″

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Ric Rac pocket floral skirt

Waist: 29.5, Hip: 36.5″

 

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Green piped pockets floral skirt

Waist: 29.5, Hip: 36.5″

On to the new collection!

Winter collection dresses

For these dresses, I was looking for deeper colors and warmer fabrics with the classic silhouettes that I love.  Here we go:

Black and grey animal print velvet dress

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With princess seams, turtleneck, and a nice swishy skater skirt, this is a great dress for holiday parties.  This is my favorite dress from the collection by far!  The velvet is so cozy to wear, yet it looks so elegant.

There is an invisible zip in the turtleneck, so it fits closely, but will easily slip over your head.  There’s silver buttons on the shoulder that pick up the cool sheen of the velvet, though I wasn’t able to get them in pictures given my limited photo time yesterday [insert sad face here].

Bust: 32″ Waist: 29″

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Blue and green animal print colorblocked dress

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This dress started its life as a taupe/grey dress.  The print was great, but the overall color was a bit dull.  After a quick bath in Rit Dye More, the rayon/poly/spandex now is a pretty green blue.  The contrast princess seam panels and sleeves are from an olive cotton/spandex turtleneck.  This dress also has an invisible zip in the turtleneck.

Bust: 35″, Waist: 32″

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Brown suiting dress with large floral applique

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This dress started as a 3 piece suit.  I used the pants for the bodice and the skirt for the skirt.  It is fully lined.

My favorite bit is the floral applique. I highlighted the lines of the flowers with contrast magenta stitching.  The silk belt hangs from thread loops on the side seams for a little pop of color.

Bust: 35″, Waist: 30″, Hips: 36.5″

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Plaid Sweater Knit Dress

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This sweater knit was so nice to work with.  It’s a nice thick polyester stable sweater knit.  If I had had more yardage to work with, it would have made a beautiful long cardigan.  As such, I think it worked up well into this kind of 60s inspired silhouette.  I think it will pair well with tights and boots.

Bust :38″, Waist: 33″

Dresses are $68.  All of these dresses are now at SEWN Denver.  The store is at 18 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
The store phone number is 303.832.1493

 
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Last week, I mentioned some of the items I’ve made for SEWN Denver, and here is my collection of Elizabeth Made This T-shirts that are at SEWN Denver right now.  There’s a lot of mixed textiles in this collection.  True to my aesthetic of “artistic apparel”, the tees feature upcycled goods and vintage bits of fabric.  They’re all a great choice for unique fall tees.

T-shirts are $46.  Details and sizes are below.  If you’re visiting Denver, or if you live here, SEWN is located just a few blocks south of Fancy Tiger on 18 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80209.  The shop’s number is 303.832.1493 if you want to ask any questions.

The Collection!

Elizabeth Made This t-shirts

Navy and riverside tee with flame cheetah trim

Bust: 30″, Hem: 34″

 

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Blockprinted pinking shears red raglan tee

Bust: 34″, Hem: 39″

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Navy stripe toile leaf applique tee

Bust: 34″, Hem: 40″

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Deep purple mustard lace tee

Bust: 36″, Hem: 40″

 

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Elizabeth Made This t-shirts

Mixed blues and brown floral applique tee

Bust: 31″, Hem: 36″

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Purple and taupe tee with gold applique

Bust: 37″, Hem: 42″

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Orange stripe floral applique tee

Bust: 37″, Hem: 42″

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Purple beaded and embroidered tee with navy racing stripe sleeves

Bust: 30″, Hem: 34″

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Purples, navy stripe and floral applique tee

Bust: 30″, Hem: 34

Let’s keep the conversation going!  Check out my sewing dreams and inspiration on Pinterest, and keep up to date on my projects on Instagram and Facebook.

 

I’ve been so busy with the Fabricista challenge, I haven’t gotten a chance to talk about something I’ve been very excited about!  I have a collection of items I’ve made for SEWN Denver.

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SEWN is a cool little boutique in Denver just a couple blocks south of Fancy Tiger that carries handmade goods from a variety of local designers.  I met Kirsten, the owner through my sewing machine dealer, and I think when we met, there was a bit of a mutual admiration society going on.  I resolved to check this place out which I did a couple days later.  When I stepped into SEWN, I felt like I had met my people.  The store’s aesthetic is very, very much like mine…artsy goods with vintage touches and a whole lot of creativity.  So about my collection:

Elizabeth Made This for SEWN Denver

Elizabeth Made This for SEWN Denver is all about upcycled goods with artistic touches.  My tags read, “Elizabeth Made This artistic apparel”, and that is my goal.  Prices range from $35-68.  Here’s the rundown of some of the pieces:

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Blockprinted napkin dress: made from upcycled linen napkins, hand blockprinted by me Bust: 35″, Waist: 30″, Hip: 36.5″

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SOLD!  Wax print dress with contrast skirt

Bust: 35.5″, waist: 30.5″

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Floral dress

Bust: 35.5″, Waist: 30.5″

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Hot pink and blue stripe tee with lace yoke

Bust: 35″, Hem: 40″

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Hot pink and blue stripe jersey dress

Bust: 32.5″, Hip: 36

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Ric Rac pocket floral skirt

Waist: 29.5, Hip: 36.5″

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Tea towel and wool shoulder bag

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Wool Carpet clutch

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Green piped pockets floral skirt

Waist: 29.5, Hip: 36.5″

 

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Carpet shoulder bag with belt strap

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Aqua wool carpet shoulder bag with belt strap

There’s even more to this collection, but I wanted to get the word out.  You can see these items and more at SEWN Denver, located at 18 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80209.

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Let’s keep the conversation going!  Check out my sewing dreams and inspiration on Pinterest, and keep up to date on my projects on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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