Hot Pink Boucle!!

How  do you like our six inches of snow?

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We get ridiculously excited about every winter storm warning in the South, wipe out the grocery stores and cancel events in anticipation of snow. This ‘winter storm’ I hit the sewing machine with a color hot enough to melt the ice off the patio.

When the skies turned gray my eye turned to this bright pink boucle on the Mood Fabrics website. It is soft, it is happy and it is well-behaved :)

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My pattern is Vogue 9022  sewn last month in a color block style with Mood’s black and white wool crepe. This time I sewed the pattern straight up; a much easier undertaking. I took extra precaution to prevent raveling and stretching by rushing to the sewing machine after cutting each piece to stay-stitch curved edges, followed by finishing all of the edges on every pattern piece on the serger.

Boucle finished edge

I discovered the enjoyment of creating boucle fringe (blogged here) and couldn’t resist embellishing the pockets and cuffs with self fringe. It’s a breeze to make by cutting strips on the cross grain, stay- stitching 1/2 inch from the edge and raveling to the stay stitch.

I made a double fringe trim for the pockets which I applied with a topstitch before sewing the side seams together. The sleeves are trimmed with a single fringe which was sewn right side down to the sleeve then flipped over and top stitched.

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Speaking of topstitching, I find boucle is one of the easiest fabrics to topstitch! In addition to the fringe I topstitched the two front center seams and around the neckline.

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The jeweled pocket buttons are recycled from an old Talbots’ sweater.

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The boucle has a lovely drape, and is quickly rising on my list of favorite fabrics! With the exception of being prone to raveling, the fabric is perfect.

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Comments


  • Manju
    February 28, 2015

    I loved your last version of this pattern so much I bought the pattern, but I love this version even more! That fabric is stunning and I love your embellishments.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 28, 2015

      Thank you, Manju! Both the fabric and pattern are ideal to embellish :)

  • Debbie
    February 28, 2015

    What a lovely dress. The frayed embellishment and buttons really elevate this into something special. Very designer ;-)
    PS. We also get extremely excited about that much snow here (which might be coming for us today in Kansas) – although it’s possible my family of aliens get a little more excited than everybody else!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 28, 2015

      Thank you, Debbie :) Nothing like the possibility of snow to excite the child in all of us !!

  • Faye Lewis
    February 28, 2015

    Very cute!

  • Cissie
    February 28, 2015

    What a great dress, Sarah. Color, fabric, buttons and fringe. It looks comfortable and elegant at the same time. You’re a brave soul to get out in the snow with your tooties exposed!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 28, 2015

      Thanks, Cissie! I do plan to buy some close toed shoes for the dress, but these looked so perfect I couldn’t resist :)

  • Gayle
    February 28, 2015

    Love this dress – the color is wonderful and the fit is great! How do you find the time to sew AND shop for all the beautiful accessories???

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 28, 2015

      Thank you, Gayle! I hardly ever shop for accessories – got lucky with the necklace a few days ago ;)

  • Ginger
    February 28, 2015

    WOW! This color! Wow! Absolutely stunning! I love the pattern choice, too. What a great dress!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      February 28, 2015

      Many thanks, Ginger! It’s one of the happiest colors ever ;)

  • Karen
    February 28, 2015

    What a beautiful dress! Is it lined?

  • Goodbye Valentino
    February 28, 2015

    Thank you, Karen! The dress is not lined. I thought about it long and hard. The pattern does not call for a lining and I didn’t want it to become too heavy. Time will tell how well it wears unlined, but I believe it will be OK since it is not overly fitted.

  • Peter
    February 28, 2015

    Great dress — love all the details. The color is fantastic!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 2, 2015

      Thank you, Peter! I think this color is the best :)

  • sallie
    March 1, 2015

    Absolutely lovely! That color is like a tonic after all the grey weather! And I love the addition of the fringe cuff and pockets, and repurposing those fabulous buttons. Gorgeous job, as always!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 2, 2015

      Many thanks, Sallie! The fabric truly is a bright spot in these relentless grey skies :)

  • Deb S.
    March 1, 2015

    The dress is perfect for work, church or anywhere! Thanks for the great idea to get me out of my winter blues. We have seen another 5 or 6 inches today so I’m really ready for spring thoughts.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 2, 2015

      Thank you so much, Deb! I know I’ll wear this dress to everything :)

  • Barbara Hartsell
    March 1, 2015

    Gorgeous color and fabric!

  • Lori
    March 1, 2015

    I so love this color and the style, it is stunning. Thanks for showing us boucle is more than just jackets.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 2, 2015

      Thank you, Lori! I originally bought the fabric for a jacket but am glad I saved it for a dress :)

  • Rita Lucido
    March 2, 2015

    Does the boucle have any stretch? and did you line it?

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 3, 2015

    Rita,
    I don’t know how to answer the stretch question, but I’m going to say no although it drapes so nicely.
    I thought seriously about lining the dress but didn’t want it to become too heavy. I thought about underlining but all I had was silk organza and I didn’t want it to lose its drape. I really like it just the way it is …….. time will tell whether or not it stretches out, but I think I’m safe since it is not overly fitted and there are no stress points.

  • Fiona
    March 3, 2015

    You look so great in this colour! The dress looks super comfortable at the same time as being chic with the way you have used the fringing and topstitching. Lovely job!

  • audrielle
    March 6, 2015

    the pink looks great on you. good job

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    March 12, 2015

    Great dress and I love all the little details with the topstitching, buttons and fringing. Such a great colour on you.

  • Michelle
    March 26, 2015

    Absolutely stunning!