April 6, 2011

Modern Geisha

It was a few weeks ago when Mena from The Sew Weekly emailed me about the Common Thread series going on over at her blog.  I was instantly intrigued and was totally excited to be apart of something like this. I haven't used a lot of trims in sewing projects and it was nice to be challenged to make a garment using this lace trim. And boy, was it a challenge for me! I had no idea what I was going to do with the lace. I looked and looked around trying to get inspired by something. Finally I decided that I needed some sort of belt or sash in the project. I went digging through my pattern stash and decided on the Heidi pattern from Burda Style. After I had decided on the pattern, everything else fell into place. What fun I had! Hop on over to The Sew Weekly and tell me what you think of Modern Geisha.

xoxo,

Sunni
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29 comments

  1. This is just lovely and perfect for spring. I would love to see more pictures!

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  2. I am completely in love with this dress. What a fabulous version of the Heidi dress!

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  3. Gorgeous - what beautiful details!

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  4. OMG!!!This is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the green touches and all the details :) you are so talented and creative!

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  5. I have looked at that pattern and thought it was a bit blah, but this is so pretty. I love the belt!

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  6. This dress is amazing!
    I just added Heidi to my burda favorites after seeing your version.
    I'll go gush some more on sew weekly. :)

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  7. I saw this earlier over there and I still want it really bad. How did you find that fabric at Joann's, I will have to look to their home dec more often. It is really beautiful :)

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  8. Such a beautiful beautiful dress. Totally worth 5 times the price.

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  9. WOW, Sunni! This dress and matching belt are completely gorgeous! I LOVE the fabric choice and the contrasting use of chartreuse to make the lace really pop. The belt has front AND back interest. You are so creative! Love, love, love!!!

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  10. What an awesome dress Sunni! It looks great on you. You are very talented!

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  11. The fabric is so so beautiful and the belt combination simply makes it perfect. What an astonishing green! I think you have used that green in one of your projects before, right? It suits you so well! <3

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  12. I saw this on sew weekly first and couldn't wait to tell you, again, how much I love this dress! AMAZING work!

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  13. absolutely beautiful, you really enhanced an already beautiful print.

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  14. This dress is absolutely ... wow!
    I am following your blog for a while now, but this time I really had to leave a comment. The green belt and the lace details make the dress so unique and perfect.
    Greets from Germany
    and sorry for my English,
    Anke

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  15. Smashing dress! Love all the special details you added. It's making me reconsider the Heidi!

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  16. I think this dress is lovely! I wouldn't have thought to pair that color green with that print, because I tend to err on the side of the matchy-matchy, but it works so well!

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  17. Your dress is stunning ! I love, love, love the belt and I am determined to make a similar dress as soon as I can find some time ! Thanks for the inspiration and keep up the good work !

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  18. I love, love, love this dress. Where do you find such beautiful fabrics. I live in Durango and the only fabric I can find is at Walmart and a couple of quilting stores. Beautiful work as always.

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  19. Thank you! I am a big fan of green, it tends too look rather dashing on me.
    xoxo,
    Sunni

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  20. Surprisingly without the belt, it is. I was very excited to finally make it up, but then after having the dress finished, I found that the it really does need the belt or a belt of some sort. So comfortable though! It is indeed worth it just for the comfort factor!
    xoxo,
    Sunni

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  21. It was a few years ago and it was in a Joann where they group all of their sale fabrics into one section. So apparel, quilting and home dec fabrics are all clumped together. I spotted this and quickly took it over to get cut, though I do wish that I had gotten more. Oh well! Sometimes it's best not to have a whole wardrobe out of one fabric. He he!
    xoxo,
    Sunni

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  22. Thank you Amanda! I put the lace up against several different fabrics and found that it went best with fabrics that have sort of a "goldish" luster, which these did! Yay! It took quite a while to figure out what I was going to do with this project! So glad it worked!
    xoxo,
    Sunni

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  23. I do use green alot! I haven't used this particular fabric before, but I have used this shade of green. It's one that looks really good on me for some reason. Whenever I wear it people always ask how it is that I can actually wear this particular color. I guess its that red hair thing, you know! Ha ha! Thank you!
    xoxo,
    Sunni

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  24. Your english is fantastic! Thank you for commenting! You are most welcome to comment anytime. And thank you for the compliment! I'm wearing the dress even now as I type!
    xoxo,
    Sunni

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  25. Definitely do! Seriously for the comfort factor alone, the Heidi is definitely worth its weight!
    xoxo,
    Sunni

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  26. I tend to err on the side of weird color combinations and many times they do not work. But you have to try right? I have to admit that it is so much fun when you find an odd color combination that really works. Way too much fun!
    xoxo,
    Sunni

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  27. This is terrible news Anna! Walmart does have atrocious cloth! I'm fortunate to live in a city where there are actually options as far as fabric stores are concerned. This particular silk was from Joann and I found a few years ago on a great sale. I do alot of online fabric shopping though. If you have need of some good links, send me an email and I'll be happy to oblige! Thank you for your comment!
    xoxo,
    Sunni

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  28. Great. akc40@aol.com is my email address. I have a Joann's in the city where I work, but they seem to cater to the area's interest of quilting, so mostly cotton, but I have noticed they do carry other fabrics just not many. I am curious as to how you find such a collection of vintage patterns. Are you finding them in shops, online, or garage sales?
    anna

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