Silk Dots and Rhinestones

Embroidered Silk Tunic

I fell for this Marc Jacob’s embroidered silk from Mood months ago. I saved it in my list of must-get fabrics while I searched for the right pattern. I wanted the pattern to be playful for the sake of the dots, while also being serious enough to live up to the silk. Enter BurdaStyle’s Graphic Dress 09/2012 #113. I liked the carefree nature of the Peter Pan collar, as well as the design of the front facing that lent a tuxedo vibe to the dress. Add some of Mood’s rhinestone buttons, and you’ve a great combination.

Embroidered Silk Tunic

Overall, I’m incredibly happy with the outcome. The final dress is just as I imagined it. Cute enough to wear with leggings, but dressy enough that I could easily go from work to a night on the town without too much effort.

Embroidered Silk Tunic

I just love how the rhinestone button at the very top sets off the Peter Pan collar. Another favorite little detail: the double rhinestones on the cuffs.

Embroidered Silk Tunic

My least favorite part of the dress right now is the hem. I was hoping for the dress to have more of a feminized-husband’s-tuxedo-shirt thing going on. I actually hemmed the dress higher than the pattern suggested in the hopes that it would be a little bit shorter than the already pretty short version the BurdaStyle model is wearing online. But, alas, she must be much taller than me. After looking at these photos, I think what I’m going to do is recut the hem to have the curved shape of a man’s shirt at the bottom. What do you think? Would that be a huge mistake, or would that help me achieve the look I was going for?

Embroidered Silk Tunic

Another thing I want to do is make an ivory colored slip to wear underneath this dress and then pair it with some bright colored tights. I’m thinking I might make a pair of hot pink of tights since I got a lot of compliments on the way to work this morning when this dress was peeking under my pink pea coat (read: my husband said he really liked the pink of my coat with the dress – but, that was all I needed to get my day started off well!).

Embroidered Silk Tunic

This dress marks my first real effort to modify a pattern based on comparing my measurements to the flat pattern measurements, a technique I’ve been learning in Sandra Betzina’s Pant Fitting Techniques class on Craftsy. I figured this drapey pattern would be a good trial for translating what I’ve learned for pants in to tops. I think I did a decent job taking the pattern in to better match my measurements, but I could have left myself a bit more ease across the shoulders and bust. I also could have made the cuffs just a smidgen bigger.

Also, thanks to the confidence I got from all of your comments on my blog last week, I followed my instincts instead of the directions for sewing in the collar (after removing 5/8″ from the width so it better framed my long, skinny neck). It was nice to read that there are many different ways to sew in a collar and that you guys often break away from instructions as you see fit. Thanks for so much wonderful input! How I love the wonderful online sewing community.

Embroidered Silk Tunic

See, the dress does look good paired with a bright color! Now, go make one yourself! Happy sewing!

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  • Cidell
    January 24, 2013

    Very pretty! You are right. The buttons are the right touch. I rarely go back and ‘fix’ garments. I think this looks great as is. But, understand you gotta do what you gotta do to feel ‘right’ about a project.

    • Amy
      January 25, 2013

      It is so hard to go back and “fix” a project once it’s been marked as “completed”, right?!

  • Lauren
    January 24, 2013

    Beautiful!!! I love those rhinestone buttons!

    I agree that you should go for the curved hem – it would complement the style of the dress, and I think it would benefit from being just a bit shorter. Not too much – just what you’re going to have to cut off to curve the hem :)

    • Amy
      January 25, 2013

      Agreed. Now to make it happen instead of just moving on to the next project!!

  • Lori
    January 24, 2013

    Very, very pretty dress. I agree with shortened, curved hem. Also, I like your idea of the slip and bright tights. That is the best thing about a great garment we have sewn, the wardrobe possibilities we have. Enjoy your dress.

    • Amy
      January 25, 2013

      I do love thinking about wardrobe possibilities… It makes for fun dreaming about future projects, too!

  • Amanda S.
    January 24, 2013

    I’ve had my eye on this fabric too. Polka dots always seem to be in style. Great job on the dress! I always tweak my projects if I think they need a little something else. That gray skirt I made for December had a waistband that rolled terribly when worn. I ripped it out and put in a facing. Now it will get tons of wear. If you think the new hem will suit you better, do it! (And I think it’s a great idea too, BTW.)

    • Amy
      January 25, 2013

      It’s a great fabric! It feels and acts just like silk crepe de chine – I’m not sure it’s marked as such, but that’s at least what I thought when I was working with it. The dots are raised since they’re embroidered on. It’s a great fabric!

  • Carolyn
    January 24, 2013

    Amy it’s lovely and I really like the idea of rounding the hem to make it look more like a man’s shirt! Go for it!

    • Amy
      January 25, 2013

      Thanks! Now to make the time to get back to it… :)

  • oonaballoona
    January 24, 2013

    i adore those buttons with those polka dots, and your collar is delicious! i think you should go for it with your hem idea, all the way baby.

    • Amy
      January 25, 2013

      I love the consensus! It’s unheard of for the sewing community to all agree. I guess I must pull out my shears and get to hemming!

  • Erica B
    January 25, 2013

    Nice! That fabric is great!

    • Amy
      January 26, 2013

      Thanks Erica!

  • Ginger
    January 25, 2013

    This is gorgeous! It fits you beautifully, and the fabric really suits this pattern and style. I love the idea of this being a bit shorter, too. You have fab legs– you may as well show them off! :)

    • Amy
      January 26, 2013

      Why thank you darling! I actually have it out on the cutting table now… Wish me luck!

  • Andrea
    January 25, 2013

    Polka dots? Awesome! Rhinestone buttons? Fabulous! I love the idea of the curved hem. Great dress!

    • Amy
      January 26, 2013

      Thanks! I have been very excited about this combination for awhile. I hope to have a garment I’ll wear over and over. Now to cut that hem…