Pattern Review – Vogue 8146 Shift Dress

Nasrin has made, this stylish Chanel-inspired shift dress up in Vogue 8146 and Tessuti’s beautiful Ivory Valentino tweed in a cotton, silk, viscose mix (from our last Italian shipment).

No Chanel-inspired dress (or jacket) would be without a trimmed or fringed edging. Finding the right trim is sometimes difficult, but creating your own by fringing a tweed or wool and reapplying it usually gives the best result.
Here Nasrin had an idea to use two of our Mokuba fringed pipings in Black and Ivory – sewing them together by overlapping the seams. She then dip-dyed a white/gold trim in tea to match the Ivory and sewed it in the middle to cover the exposed seams – placing the trim around the neckline and armholes. It gives just the right subtle and chic edge to the dress.

There’s no better colour combination for a Chanel-inspired dress than Black and Ivory. Simply because it marries back so well with pearls! Nasrin even made her own version of a Chanel belt ….even the customary camellia! These black and pearl beads were purchased at the Spirit Bead House. The camellia is made from Tessuti’s boiled wool and our bamboo wadding.

I’m very excited about the Tessuti winter stock hitting the stores in a week or so. Stunning tweeds, wools suitings, jerseys, boiled wool, viscose prints, cotton shirtings etc. If you’re on our email list we will notify you of the exact date.