Navy Reptile Print Brocade

Spring has sprung in Chi-town! I’m so glad the sun is shining and the flowers are starting to bloom.

I cannot believe an entire month has past since I last blogged. I’m happy to be back.

For spring, you would think that I would sew brighter colors to welcome the new season. But I couldn’t resist this beautiful navy reptile print brocade. This fabric is lightweight and falls gracefully around the body. It is perfect for the dress I planned to make for my daughter. I purchased the fabric last fall; it’s no longer available but Mood has a nice selection of brocades to choose from.

My daughter will attend a friend’s wedding in Poland this summer. She asked for a new dress or two to take with her. This is the first dress made for that trip. It’s been a while since a made what she calls a “princess” dress for her. So I thought is a good time to make a special dress. She will also model it in the upcoming Haute Couture Club of Chicago fashion show.

I chose Simplicity 1803. It is described as: Misses’  Miss Petite Dresses Project Runway Collection with bodice variations and tie belt. It comes in sizes 4 to 20. I used size 10 with quite a few modifications.

The bodice and skirt combination was the perfect foundation to add interest using a texture fabric, beads and tulle. The beads add a little sparkle to the bodice. They were randomly sewn to the lower shoulder area and the center front just above the bust area. I shorten the skirt by several inches and added lining and tulle to the skirt of the dress.  Aside from these changes the dress did look like the drawing on the envelope. I also made the usual fit adjustments: swayback and small FBA (instead of the usual pigeon chest adjustment).

The pattern instructions were typical, but nothing difficult or confusing about them. The dress came together very quickly with no problems. Labor came with adding the beads and the tulle underskirt.  My favorite figure about the pattern was this bodice view.   The added tulle gives the skirt an updated look.  I have no dislike about this project.

I can’t say that I will use the pattern again. Because I have so many in my collection to try. This is a good pattern for intermediate beginners. I recommend it. As for the navy reptile brocade, I’m glad I have another 2.5 yards for a dress for me!  So give a fancy brocade a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

Parting Shot: My DD is a happy lady! That’s all for now.



  • Fiona
    April 17, 2015

    What a beautiful colour! I love the beading you’ve added especially!

  • M
    April 17, 2015

    Love the color…..Very pretty!!!

  • anne jewell
    April 17, 2015

    a pretty girl in a pretty dress! thanks for sharing.–anne

  • Mary Danielson
    April 17, 2015

    What a fantastic dress! That beading is gorgeous and it fits your daughter beautifully. Love it!

  • Erica B.
    April 17, 2015

    Cennetta, this is stunning! Your daughter looks beautiful!

  • Ginger
    April 17, 2015

    Wowza! What a gorgeous, unique dress! Your daughter looks beautiful!

    • Cennetta Burwell
      April 17, 2015

      Thank you, Ginger. She is so happy to have a new dress.

  • Peter
    April 18, 2015

    Beautiful dress, Cennetta. I love the combination of textures and the little keyhole — if that’s what it’s called — detail on the bodice. Your daughter looks beautiful!

  • Lori
    April 19, 2015

    Cennetta, this dress for your daughter is so stunning and she is beautiful. The fabrics,, pattern and design are perfect.

  • Amanda S.
    April 22, 2015

    She looks thrilled with her pretty new dress! Love the fabric and the netting peeking out of the hemline.

    • Cennetta
      April 30, 2015

      Thanks, Amanda.