Okay, okay, finally.

by Erin on January 25, 2007

I know, I know, I've been promising pictures of stuff I've sewn, especially Duros, for ages now, haven't I? Well, here's one …

Liberty dot Duro

This is made up of some of the Liberty I bought in London, along with some solid quilting cotton for the banding (which my friend Brad helped me choose — he has a remarkable eye for color, unsurprisingly). It was very difficult to get the right warm brown to match the brown lozenges in the print!

I really like the brown-and-blue combo (I like brown with most other colors, actually). It's fairly lightweight, which means for autumn and winter I've been wearing it over a ecru long-sleeved scoopneck shirt and tights. That makes it mostly warm enough.

Here's a closeup of the bodice (I made only an impressionistic ironing attempt, so excuse the remaining creases):

Liberty dot Duro

I think the only alteration I made from the original pattern was to lengthen the waist ties so that I could bring them around and tie them in the front, which I prefer. It's easier to tie, for one, and it looks a little more grown-up than the ties in the back.

All right. There you go. I made two other Duros round about the same time as I made this one, and I don't think I've posted pictures of either of them, so I'll try to take them tomorrow or over the weekend. Wish me luck!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Isabelle January 25, 2007 at 8:51 am

Love it! You did a great job on that dress. I love the colour combination. Blue and chocolate is my all-time favourite colour combo.


Cathy January 25, 2007 at 9:41 am

I also love that color combo. It has shown up mostly in pottery and placemats at our house, though. (My mother quilted placemats to match the pottery many years ago.)


Anonymous January 25, 2007 at 1:38 pm

Great dress, Erin! Only thing better would to see it on you. Love the fabrics.


Anonymous January 25, 2007 at 2:18 pm

It’s really, really pretty, and interesting, and beautiful Bravo!


Nadia January 25, 2007 at 2:19 pm



Carol January 25, 2007 at 4:01 pm

My goodness! Your friend Brad does such fascinating things. I’ve been wandering through his website and links for an hour.


Gidget Bananas January 25, 2007 at 4:12 pm

Ohhh, I like that — it looks like it the midriff band hits the natural waistline, which I think is flattering to more figure types. The neckline looks awfully low, though. Can you wear the dress without a camisole and still maintain your dignity?


Marisa January 25, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Good call with making the ties longer! My only complaint about my Duro are the girlie ties in the back. I think I will have to make another one and borrow your idea :)


Erin January 25, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Gidget, sadly, no. But I like doing the camisole thing (I buy the tanks from American Apparel) because it lets you do yet another color contrast!


Lisa @ The Hem Line January 25, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Great colors and I love the dots! I just picked up a new patterns today (something I don’t do often). Several Duro tops . . . New Look #6677. Armed with my new sewing machine you’ve inspired me to spend my Saturday sewing!


Anonymous January 25, 2007 at 11:16 pm

Lovely. Would look perfect if the ties were tied obi style in front.


Henriette January 26, 2007 at 1:45 am

Good luck ;-)Looking forward to seeing more pictures. Didn’t you promise to show us your XMAS-present from Mr. Dressaday too?Love the colorcombinations…you have a real gift – no wait, several gifts: combining fabrics, sewing, writing, writing funny….If you are also tall and skinny I’ll have no choice but to hate you!


enc January 26, 2007 at 6:18 am

I love that print. It looks Flintstones-esque. The long tie idea is perfect.


Katrin January 26, 2007 at 7:39 am

This is so beuatiful! Your blog is a real inspiration for me. You made me order the pattern right away today.


nora January 26, 2007 at 7:46 am

Gorgeous, gorgeous colors. I love that brown, and of course the liberty print. Nice call on which color to pick up for the solid; and great ties. Well played!


Susan January 27, 2007 at 6:20 am

What a pretty dress. I definitely agree with tying it on in the front, instead of the back.


JuliaR January 29, 2007 at 8:00 am

You are an inspiration!


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