Idea Log: The pinstripe dress

Idea Log: The pinstripe dress

People often ask me where I get my ideas, and my answer is generally “I dunno.” They’re not often directly traceable, but they are usually the result of serendipity, I think — or paying attention to the signs. I thought it might be worthwhile to record them now and then, when they can be traced, so perhaps I don’t lose track of them and one or two might be brought to fruition! So here’s a little case study—

1) A few weeks ago I bought Butterick sewing pattern B6147 on a whim while ordering a different pattern for my sewing workshop. Didn’t have anything particular in mind at the time — I just know short-sleeved tops are a gaping hole in my wardrobe and this shape appeals to me. So it was an impulse buy.

2) While wandering around Imogene + Willie a couple of weeks later, it was brought to my attention that there were baskets of fabric bundles on the floor along one wall — remnants, presumably, in a variety of prints and stripes. When it became clear they were 5-yard cuts for $25, I snatched up one of each of all but one print. (There goes my no-fabric-stash vow.) Included was the ivory shirting with navy pinstripes above. Again, no particular plan in mind.

3) A couple of days after that, a Madewell email hit my inbox, and in it was a picture of this simple little pinstripe dress, which brought to mind that pattern and this fabric, and gave me the tangential idea of doing the short-sleeved version of B6147 (View C) at dress length, minus the elbow embellishments from either of the two reference points. And/or of making a similarly simple dress with this fabric and turning it cross-wise on the yoke.

Will it happen? I don’t know. But at least now it’s a butterfly with a pin in it.

 

17 thoughts on “Idea Log: The pinstripe dress

  1. Mm, beautiful fabric. I find most of my ideas are untraceable too, or if there was a beginning, it’s cobwebby and random. I really like the idea of recording their paths though!

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  2. I use to have a Butterick pattern like this by Kenzo. The most comfortable top I ever made. You might check out the tutorial that Jen at Grainline did on a Scout turning it into a Madewell top, with that same V neck.

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  3. Love this! Would love to have gotten my hands on some of that gorgeous fabric…good garment fabric is hard to find! I really liked that Madewell dress as well. It reminded me of Anna Maria’s Well-Composed Dress pattern, which I have made and love.

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  4. I was looking at this pattern about a month ago….for the linen I have in my stash. Easy, cool and airy…it would also be beautiful in washed silk. I was thinking I’d hand-sew a topstitch on the tucks. Somehow the linen just calls for it.

    I am itching to do some sewing but can’t seem to get to it, alas.

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  5. Okay, love love love that pattern. I’ve been itching to sew something for myself. This may be it. Thanks, Karen. Gorgeous fabrics, I couldn’t have resisted either.

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  6. Thank you for the awesome inspiration! I’ve just moved and will actually have a sewing room again, so I’ve just started thinking about projects for myself. I love the structure of this dress and think it’s a style that’s timeless.

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  7. Karen, I keep thinking about skirt patterns you might like. Sonya Philip did Simple Skirt pattern for Robert Kaufman. Looks like it could be lengthened, if you find this too short.

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  8. OOOoh, lovely! I get sucked right into the Madewell dress emails. I have a tent-y striped one I got last summer which I haven’t had the courage to wear. You’ve got a great plan there!!

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  9. Really love this pattern and given the sale price its at at the moment, I’m going to snag it. As much as I sew sweet little things for my gallery, I haven’t sewn any clothes for myself in a couple of decades. Mainly because I can find great things at our thrift stores and I have direct access to artisan made clothing at our gallery for dress up. But my husband and I have been talking about sewing our own clothes again since I’ve been sharing your posts with him. I think this pattern tips me over the edge!

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  10. Based on this post, I just visited I + W and Craft South today while on vacation in Nashville – my purchases will be my favorite souvenirs!

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