Sunday, July 28, 2013

Classic Navy


Here is my latest Britex project!  This time around I had the opportunity to work with a lovely lightweight wool tricotine.


I will admit that about halfway through this project I was convinced that this was going to be a dud.  Suddenly I was working on the most boring dress in the world.


Thankfully, my case of the grumps departed, and I decided to stick with the project, because now I have a classic dress in a classic color.  And all of those hand rolled hems on the peplum edges were not a total waste!


I did manage to kill one of those Maxant buckle kits; the double layer of wool was just too much for the thin metal.  But Peter saved me. Along with a bunch of patterns he sent me last year, he included a vintage buckle kit.  I had some hesitation using it because the packaging is so darn cute - but I was desperate!


Once again, vintage is best!  The buckle has those little teeth that grab the fabric and a back which snaps into place (much like my favorite covered button kits).  I really wish they still made these! 




Navy goes with just about every color – especially jewel tones (which happen to be some of my favorite hues!).  I believe I am going to have to add more of this color to my wardrobe.  Suddenly I feel the need for a navy pencil skirt, and a navy blouse . . .




Dress:  Made by me, New Style 2259
Tilt Hat:  Made by me, Vogue 7657
Shoes:  Colin Stuart
Earrings:  Made by me (with buttons from Britex)
Brooch:  Vintage
Gloves:  Vintage
Purse:  Banana Republic

[The fabric for this project was received in exchange for my contributions as a Britex Guest Blogger.]


17 comments:

  1. What a great dress! I love the double peplum detail and the fit is very good. And yes, I think maybe you should make more in this colour. It's chic and classic and works great with all your lovely coloured accesoiries.

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  2. Beautiful! You have great style! The double peplum is fabulous.

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  3. Beautiful style and fit.I love how you accessorized this dress since navy can be, well, a bit of a stick in the mud as far as colors go. But I think it really works in this outfit.

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  4. Oh, it's absolutely stunning! I have been so obsessed with peplums lately. I love a basic navy dress because there's so many amazing colors that you can wear with it. Okay, I must sew something with a peplum soon!

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  5. Fantastic job, Laura Mae -- this is definitely one of my all-time favorites. The solid color really showcases the draping and other details. Beautiful!

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  6. This is lovely! Veering into Grace Kelly territory for simple elegance. Great job!

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  7. This dress is marvelous! I love the subtle grace of it! And that hat is to die for!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  8. Love it! This dress is going to go with everything! :D

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  9. Gorgeous Laura-Mae!

    I've similarly been struck by the navy blue bug and pretty much everything thats appeared in front of my recently has been navy blue! Strange how you go through colour themes like that!

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  10. Beautiful! Lovely tailoring. I'm still on the look out for some of those Prim Buckles. I have some of the "slim" kind but yours looks so much better:) Good thing you had one on hand!

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  11. What a brilliant dress! I just love it on you. The fabric was a great choice, too. Perfect for the pattern, perfect for you!

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  12. I too love how well navy seems to go with everything! Your dress turned out perfectly!

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  13. Sophisticatedly, timelessly gorgeous! You look as though you could very well have just hopped the cover of a 1940s Vogue, Harper's, or Marie Claire.

    ♥ Jessica

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  14. This is a really, really, really pretty dress! Love the details and the figure flattering shape. Actually love everything about this dress!

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  15. Oh, this is not boring at all! It's one of the most classic, beautiful dresses I've seen made up, and you really styled it nicely with the brooch and blue bag. Beautiful!

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  16. this dress is stunning! I love all the features and the shape, and especially the neckline! Beautiful. Navy would have been my personal pick as well :)

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