In Love

I take back all those disparaging comments I’ve made about prints, on my blog and elsewhere. This silk charmeuse print totally blew me away when I saw it. I immediately thought of a 70’s style shirtdress. It looks like a border print, but the print actually runs from selvedge to selvedge, so I cut the dress on the cross grain to get the effect I wanted. There was a large amount of negative space on the fabric that did not contain print, so I used some of it to make a slip. I’m totally into the whole matching slip idea lately. It will be especially useful under a shirtdress, because they have a habit of coming unbuttoned.

The patterns are both from Burdastyle. The shirtdress is from 6/2012 and the slip is from 8/1999.

Back View

Side view. I placed that print at the top of the sleeve, and on the cuff.

Yoke detail

I placed triangles of fabric at the side of the shirttail hem.

ball-shaped button

self-fabric slip to wear under



  1. Shams
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 1:50 am | Permalink | Reply

    That is a *brilliant* use of a border print!

  2. Posted October 30, 2012 at 3:54 am | Permalink | Reply

    What beautiful fabric! I’d love to see this modelled to get the full effect.

  3. Posted October 30, 2012 at 5:51 am | Permalink | Reply

    Claudine – this looks brilliant! and I love the matching slip idea, too. Hope to see this modeled on you!!

  4. Posted October 30, 2012 at 6:08 am | Permalink | Reply

    What a beauty, so thoughtfully planned- i love this!

  5. Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink | Reply

    Brilliant use of the fabric, Claudine. Love it.

  6. Posted October 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, that is really pretty!

  7. Crystal
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’m in love with it, too, and the way you played with the print is so interesting and one-of-a-kind.

  8. Posted October 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a wonderful way to play with print. It’s wonderful.

  9. akismet-21b053fec805c8711a1f608da8cdd26a
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love the border print and how you used it. Gorgeous!

  10. J lynn
    Posted October 31, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    Please let us know as soon as you can that you and your family are all right. You are in our prayers. J Lynn

    • Posted October 31, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for asking! I am fine, fine, fine. I have power, internet access, and an intact house. I am so very lucky that I can share my luck with others. A couple of my daughters’ friends are staying here until their power comes back on. And we ran an extension cord to my neighbor’s house so they can run a few things from it. And half the neighborhood is using our wifi.

  11. Posted October 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    lovely! the placement of the print is so awesome 🙂

  12. Posted November 1, 2012 at 5:55 am | Permalink | Reply

    Absolutely spectacular!

  13. Posted November 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Pretty interesting!

  14. Posted November 8, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink | Reply

    I am 100 percent in love with this dress! I mean to comment a week ago. I’m going to have to steal your qoute at the beginning about prints, HAHA. I have a silk similar to this. But, heavens knows I do not have your skill set to make it work. I love everything about this.

  15. velosewer
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Ilove howyou’ve used this beautiful print.

  16. Kathryn
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 8:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve been away from your ‘blog for a little while and am catching up with your last few posts. What a delight it is to see one beautiful creation after another, Claudine. You used this amazing fabric to its greatest advantage. Your dress is gorgeous.

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