Panel Print Halter Dress

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Last weekend, I realized July was almost over, and I with no finished MSN project for the month! WHERE WAS MY BRAIN?!

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Luckily, I had two panel prints straight from Italy in my hands this month: this 70s-tastic Italian poly, and another try at the mountain scene that gave Ruggy such grief. Unfortunately (perhaps karmically?), a second attempt at reconstructing those mountains gave me nothing but misery.

Well, it gave me gnashing of teeth and stomping of feet, maybe a good roll of the eye. I don’t do misery in sewing. And any fail in sewing is an opportunity for a walk down “What Was I Drinking” Lane (which I’ll visit soon on my blog. Let’s just say, don’t put 5 layers of cotton jersey in a summer strapless bodice.)

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SPEAKING OF SUMMER! It’s here! The 90 degree temps and occasional monsoons prove it, and I couldn’t be happier! I don’t understand the scowls on the faces of New Yorkers. Summer heat is awesome. Even in this poly print, the heat is awesome! However, I decided to shoot this puppy in our non-air-conditioned, windows wide-open apartment, for the sake of not having to battle angry, hot, outdoor citizens alone, as Ruggy couldn’t shoot this one.

Couldn’t? WOULDN’T?

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He’s not a fan of the back. But it makes me laugh so hard it hurts. What a perfectly placed blossom! One could almost say I am exploding flowers! (One might have actually said that, just not in those words, and one might have been Ruggy.)

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I knew this wasn’t his style going in, and that knowledge is likely the reason behind adding those thigh high slits. Husband pleasing, and wonderfully breezy. The pattern is Burda Magazine 07-09-124, Halter Tie Dress. It’s supposed to have a wrap back, but I just used the CB marking as my foldline. Two pattern pieces, two panels, add slits, make a tie, whambamthankyama’am, July project saved!

I love using panel prints, because they force you to think differently. And by virtue of print, they sort of force you to cut into the fabric, just to figure out what to do next! Sometimes I feel like they make themselves. Ever tried one?



  • Jen
    July 26, 2016

    Wow…LOVE it…I’m always looking for inspiration to use panel prints.

  • Peter
    July 26, 2016

    I love this, front and back it’s fabulous! (And I’m a big fan of the heat too.)

  • Lauren
    July 26, 2016

    Every single thing about this post is exactly why I love you so much. And dude, that dress looks awesome. You know those flowers in the back are my favorite part 😛

  • Sallie
    July 29, 2016

    We should all be so lucky to explode flowers!!! This dress is awesome. Want to copy. Now.

  • Fiona
    July 29, 2016

    I really need to dive into the wonderful world of panel prints…and every time I see you use one so wonderfully it reminds me of that fact! You really know how to get the best out of a piece of fabric

  • Bonni
    August 13, 2016

    I LOVE the way you varied the use of the panels F and B– utilizing the stripes across the back of the bodice and in the front skirt! I also think it’s very cool how the floral motif in the front extends into the bodice area! LOVELY!

  • Amy
    August 16, 2016

    Wow- that dress is phenomenal!!! I love how you used the panels!!