Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Scarlet


My obsession with red continues.  Years ago I was more drawn to burgundy, rose, merlot, and maroon.  These days, however, I seem to gravitate more towards a true red.



This was certainly true of my latest Britex project.  I am embarrassed to admit that its first outing was February 14th – that’s right, Valentine’s day.  How utterly clich├ęd can you get, right?!


I get very cranky with holidays such as Valentine’s Day and do my best to avoid pink and red on the dreaded day.  This year, however, a combination of schedules and weather made it the only viable day for photos before my deadline.  So with a reluctant heart, I joined the sea of red on Friday the 14th.


Putting all of that aside, I should talk about the fabric.  The more I work with wool, the more I love it.  This scarlet red deliciousness proved to be just as lovely as I hoped.  It does fray a bit, but so do a lot of lovely fabrics.  And while some wool can be rather itchy, this one did not rub me the wrong way.



I find that I often avoid solid colored fabrics.  A print or texture can often disguise a less than stellar quality fabric, but there really is nothing to hide behind with a plain solid.  So being spoiled with gorgeous pieces of wool from Britex may just help me get over my fear of solids.  This navy dress was worn a lot this season, and I expect this new dress will become another favorite.


Thanks, Britex and By Hand London!

Dress:  Made by me, By Hand London’s “Georgia
Shoes:  Colin Stuart
Earrings:  Judith Jack



18 comments:

  1. This is sooooo amazing! Thanks Laura for inspiring us!

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  2. This is really perfection. The colour, the dress, the fabric, it all seems as if they had been made for each other.
    You look so very elegant and classy!

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  3. LOVE! This is such a pretty dress and it looks fantastic on you. If I remember correctly it's a contemporary pattern but there's something truly timeless about the design. Beautifully done -- and a great, knockout red!

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    1. Thanks, Peter! I do have a habit of making contemporary pieces look old-fashioned. :) I suppose part of the reason I was drawn to the design is the fact that it really could look like something from the 50s, 60s, 80s, 90s, etc. Since "timeless" sounds so classy, I think I will use that description!!

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  4. I've just gone back to look at all of the blog posts about this dress. I swear, someday there will be a museum show of the amazing dresses you have made. The attention to detail is an inspiration to so many of us. This red dress is simply gorgeous. I'm sure you turned plenty of heads on 2/14!

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    1. Thank you so very much! I find faults in everything I make, so I doubt they belong in a museum, but that is the kind of quality I strive for!!

      And how fabulous would it be to get to see the insides of those pieces from Balenciaga, YSL, Charles James, McQueen, and all of the other masterpieces owned by museums?! That would be a dream come true . . .

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  5. Very well done. Very VERY lovely dress, you wear it well.

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  6. Beauteous! Looks fab on you!

    Cassie
    Calico Sisters

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  7. Red is an incredibly lovely, captivating colour. I reach for it often myself, too, especially during the colder months, when its fiery warmth livens up winter's (frequently) lackluster landscape so majestically.

    You look gorgeous, honey - that cut and colour are so flattering on you!

    ♥ Jessica

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  8. What a stunning dress! The colour is gorgeous on you. I am a huge fan of read - it's so warm and happy.

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  9. Price of this dress was very good and dress was perfect. I purposely ordered a larger size and it was still a little small. But I take it as motivation to lose a few pounds.

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  10. You've done a lovely job making this dress more timeless than it is.

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  11. So so lovely! You look like you are going to an Old Hollywood movie premiere!

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  12. One of the most splendid !! I wish I could sew as you do: so that I could really wear what I want !
    It's almost impossible to find THE clothe by shopping :(

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