by Erin on August 9, 2010

So I was wondering if I've already posted about this dress, or if, because it's camouflage, it has merely blended in with the rest of the blog, and that's why I can't find it:


This is currently my favorite casual Heidi dress, even though the fabric is a bit on the pilly side. Here's a closeup of the bodice — I took this picture after I'd worn the dress about a dozen times, so you might even be able to see the pilling: 


I do think it's a little disturbing, how much I love camouflage as a print. Perhaps it's my knee-jerk Gen X "irony" (in the debased sense of "incongruity") or maybe it's just that I am in love with idea that you need so much technology to ape what are supposed to be organic forms, or that I enjoy the absurdity of making fairly distinctive clothing out of something that was originally intended to make the wearer blend into the background. Whatever it is, I just keep doing it. If you had to categorize my fabric stash, the second-biggest category (after "Liberty," of course!) is "camouflage."

I have pink, blue, bright green, and several colors of brown camo, in addition to this gray, but weirdly enough I can't seem to find what I think would be the ur-color of non-blending camouflage: blaze-orange camouflage. Wouldn't that be awesome? Hunter orange camo! If I had some of that I would probably have to be physically restrained from wearing it twice a week, but that level of absurdity and self-contradiction would make me really happy. So if you see some, let me know, okay?

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Elle C August 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

I too like camo, but I look like an idiot cause I am too old to wear it without looking like I am trying too hard. Anyhoo, check out this link.



Elle C August 9, 2010 at 7:22 am

the link didn’t go to the photo that I wanted, scroll down the page a little and there is pics of interesting things done to camo, sorry about that.


Lauriana August 9, 2010 at 7:55 am

Last week, ‘camouflage’ was the subject of Spoonflower’s weekly fabric contest. I don’t remember having seen any in blaze-orange but there were about 80 submitted designs… And I guess you could (with some serious Illustrator-effort) just take a normal camo swatch, get the repeat right, change the colour and have it printed there.


bronxbee August 9, 2010 at 8:49 am

the orange camo stuff — i was at a WorldCon and there was an entire “Mars Expedition Forces” platoon wearing orange/red/brown camo… never thought to ask them where they got it, but it was very cool and they looked great.


Sheila / Out of the Ashes Collectibles August 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

Love “camo” – I have it in a number of different colors but the “stealth” colors are the best LOL. And ladies you are never too old to wear what makes you smile!


Monique in TX August 9, 2010 at 9:02 am

If you Google “Orange camo” you will get a lot of hits, including a T-shirt you could wear with a skirt, a bandana, and some pants.


Btlvin August 9, 2010 at 9:49 am
Julie August 9, 2010 at 11:25 am
Sarah August 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I love camo, but I have never actually worn it, as I think I’ll come off looking like a 30 something who is trying to look like a teenager! My fave would be the Navy one (I think it’s the Navy one)- the pale blue/dark blue one. Always wanted some pants or a hat in that – maybe I could use my fishing expeditions as an excuse to buy a Sage camo truckers hat….must explore this some more!


Theresa August 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I like it and I had to wear camo everyday for 5 years…


PatternJunkie August 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Julie, that corn camo is brilliant! I love the pine mesh as well — I wonder what kind of texture and drape “cordura” has. I’ve never heard of it.


Judy August 9, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I don’t see that anyone else posted it yet, but

It’s flannel though!


Gene Wicks August 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm
LadyT August 9, 2010 at 6:17 pm

I have a bright orange Camo utilikilt. i like to tell people that I blend into construction zones.


Marcus Colombano August 9, 2010 at 9:15 pm

A good resource on Camouflage is DPM: their book on the whole field is a must have.


Deanne Schildroth August 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm

I got some orange hunter-camo a few years ago. I made PJ pants out of it and they’re the warmest things ever! Plus, no one’s ever lost me out in the snow when I’m wearing them either! :)


Rita August 9, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Searched all camo/camouflage cotton fabrics on eBay and found three that contain orange:

Some other colors you may be interested in:

While on eBay, I looked for camo clothing and found these for everyone to see:
Lily Pulitzer silk dress
Pink and green camo apron
Plein Sud silk dress

Do you think I would be less noticeable at the beach if I wore a Desert Camo swimsuit?


Lynn August 10, 2010 at 8:22 am

You might like this site:

They have all kinds of camo fabrics including satin and they have a few pictures of camo prom dresses.


SJ Schiffman August 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

I just made my teenage daughter two camo
skirts in different colors. I like it also.
I don’t think age should be a consideration
for fashion if you wear something tasteful.
I wouldn’t go for the “Lara Croft” total
outfit look, but I think a skirt or t-shirt
is fine, especially for casual wear.


Lavon August 10, 2010 at 10:21 am

I really like this. Not really sure why because I hate camo fabric.
This is really nice!


Laura August 10, 2010 at 11:58 am

Wonderful parenthetical remark
>>”irony” (in the debased sense of “incongruity”) <<


Rita August 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Someone already got one of those I listed in a previous comment. Was it you, Erin?

This one:


Erin August 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm

That was me! I will soon have orange camo — thank you!


Patricia Clements August 10, 2010 at 11:02 pm

How about some dragonfly camo?


Bellafabric August 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm

A couple of years ago I sold a vintage bridal pattern (1960s) and the buyer said the dress was for her sister, who wanted it made of camo.


Heidi August 12, 2010 at 12:50 am

I am named Heidi and have both loved and felt the curse of wearing
‘Heidi” style’ clothes… so i appreciate your camo ‘take’
on the heidi-style.
when I saw your lovely grey dress, I flashed on.. hmm
a wild orange sash/belt would weird up the look a bit.
or an orange camo apron? (For the killer in the kitchen! )



blue lipsy dress August 13, 2010 at 7:55 am

I’m not usually a fan of camo fabric, but I like it in this grey colour.


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Pauline August 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm

@patternjunkie: Cordura is basically what they make backpacks out of. It has NO drape and a very coarse texture.


Taylor August 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I’m not much into camo but I do think this dress is super cute!



Nancy August 16, 2010 at 8:53 am

A few weeks ago I saw a lady in one of the most incredible coordinated outfits I have ever seen. She wore orange sunglasses, an orange ribbon in her hair, an orange shirt, orange track shoes, and an orange camo tracksuit. Her purse was orange too. She was really polite and nice, which completed the package.


Cameron August 17, 2010 at 2:15 pm

A girl I knew in college made herself some orange camo bell bottoms and she thought they were soooo cooool, though I personally hated them. Have no idea where she got the fabric, sadly. I love your dress though!


maxi dresses August 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm

That is a lovely dress.

We are looking at stuff like that for maxi dresses if the army look will work


Heather Layne August 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Thought you might get a kick out of this:

This girl buys thrift store dresses and remakes them into cute outfits… and she’s doing 1 a day for 365 days and $365!


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