I have an obsession with this dress from the January 2011 issue of Burda Magazine:
I want to make that dress, and everything else in that feature (check out the feature [edited to add this article ] here (first three images) and here at the German Burda site), but the flat indicates that it’s really just a long rectangle of a shirt-dress and all that’s making it look flattering is that obi-styled belt. Well, the belt and slip. And the model. ANYway.
This has led to both an obi belt and slip obsession. In the obi department I’ve found:
- Patterns for obi-like belts at Vogue and McCalls
- A bunch of styles for sell on Etsy
- free tutorials here and here
- A reference to a the 06-2009-151 Burda Belt on Pattern Review
- And, best of all! Essentially a tutorial on the belt over at Two on, Two off!
- edit to add: There’s an obi and cute kimono dress pattern in this book: Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching
I think the slip obsession started earlier, but the way the slip peaks out of this dress has really cemented the obsession. A slip seems like a great idea, much more sensible than lining everything. You wear the slip to protect the clothing. Wash the slip, air out the clothing. Less washing makes clothing last longer. A slip also allows for less material to be used: instead of lining everything, you just wear the same slip with everything.
I know I have some references that indicate that it was uncommon to find clothing lined until fairly recently, but I’m unable to even remember where to start that search at the moment.
Of course, some items require lining to create the desired shape, weight, opacity, durability, warmth and/or the ability to get it on and off (as in jackets) of a garment. Some things just need to be lined. But if your lining is showing, your dress is probably inside out. If your slip is showing, well… it’s kinda sexy.
I’m going to either Franken-pattern a slip together, or make Elizabeth draft one similar to this for me. Unfortunately, my pattern drafting class is moving more slowly than I’d hoped. Though at the rate I finish things, it might be summer before I start this project, anyway.