Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Laure Dress from Straight Grain

I am so happy to be part of the Straight Grain Laure Dress tour! When I first caught a sneak peek of this dress, I couldn't contain my excitement. It's pretty much how I feel every time An releases a new pattern (and I own them all!).


This dress is a Straight Grain collaboration with Ann Tang-Se and Annemie Simons. I love how the various options make it so you essentially have two very different dresses -- well, actually more if you start playing with the different collar and sleeve options. The dress started out as a classic qipao dress, and from there you can make a drop waist dress with a darling bow. Being a fan of bows and ribbons, of course I had to go for that option.


Isn't that bow the best? I used to have a blouse with a bow like this that was one of my favorites. Of course my blouse was not made from this super cool Cotton and Steel Jubilee fabric that I ordered from Miss Matatabi, my favorite Japan-based online shop. She doesn't have any more of the blue in stock, but she has the pink HERE and the yellow HERE.


As you can see above, the selvedge is peeking out from the inside hem of the skirt based on the way I cut the fabric. I kind of like how that worked out.

I opted for the cap sleeves, in the hope that spring is not that far away. 


This "Jubilee" fabric is so aptly named with the beautiful gold confetti flecks, and my daughter and I had a fun time during the shoot. In fact we were laughing so much that I got distracted and forgot to take pictures of the back. This was the only one in focus that I had:


Thank you so much, An, for having me on this tour! You can get your copy of the Laure Dress HERE.


Be sure to check out the other stops along the way. There is so much inspiration from these fabulous bloggers!


25 comments:

  1. Emi, that's a wonderful dress! This fabric...*swoon*!

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    1. Thank you so much, Elsa! I am swooning over the fabric, too! I'm almost tempted to make something for myself too. I wonder if I have enough left over...

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  2. Get out of here Emi. That dress is GORGEOUS.The fabric is AMAZING. And how you used the fabric is spot on. Perfection.

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    1. Wow, thank you Olu! It means so, so much coming from you, my arbiter of coolness and fashion. xxx

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  3. This a stunning dress! You are so good at putting beautiful fabrics to their deserving use.

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    1. Thank you, Masha! That's so nice of you to say. I have to admit it was pretty much a no-brainer with this combination. :)

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  4. So gorgeous! I want one in my size!

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  5. Oh Emi, this is once again a true beauty! I absolutely love it! If I hadn't ordered the Laure pattern yet, I would certainly have done it now. Your creations are the best advertisement for a pattern designer! (I had the same with your Friday dress, so beautiful too)

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    1. Oh Eva, that is the nicest compliment!! Thank you so, so much. I've got a huge smile on my face now :)

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  6. Of course you went for a bow :D A gorgeous dress. What little girl (or big one for that matter) does not enjoy a little sparkle :)

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    1. Jenya, I couldn't resist the bow! But I love the neckline of the qipao, so I think I will have to try that next.

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  7. I must admit I discovered your blog via the Laure blogtour... shame on me I didn't was a follower before! You make such pretty things. And the fabric... love it! :)

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    1. Hi Evi!!! Thank you for finding me, and thank you for leaving me a comment! I'm glad it was the Laure that brought you over here to my little corner :)

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  8. I love this so much Emi, and that fabric is divine! Bow and drop-waist will be the next Laure I make :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Marisa! I hope I haven't missed seeing your version by now!

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  9. Gorgeous! Perfect match between fabric and pattern. And I can just feel the joy through those pictures :)

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    1. Thank you, Marieke! I admit it's one of my favorite dresses now :)

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  10. Beautiful as always Emi ! This fabric is fabulous !

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    1. Thank you, Soso, for your (always) sweet comments! <3

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  11. Emi this is a beautiful dress. Such a great use of the fabric - which is simply exquisite.

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    1. Thank you, Shelley! The pattern is already one of my favorites, and this fabric made it so easy.

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  12. this is absolutely adorable Emi... I love the pretty starlight print, it's too too beautiful for words!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Carolyn! I'm already wishing I bought more of this fabric. It's really magical.

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  13. Gaaaaah!❤❤❤❤❤🌈✨ Your fabric choices are always outrageously good! Everything you make is a perfect advertisement for whatever the pattern is! LOVE!

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