A Maxi-Length Slip Dress

I've had a busy week this week - which mostly involved spending money!  Lots of pattern and fabric orders were submitted. Some of the new products have started arriving, including new patterns from Named and a few new fabrics!  

This week's outfit is one of these new patterns: Named's Elizabeth dress.  It's actually officially described as a 'gown' and you'll understand why when you see their sample, which is made up in gorgeous silk crepe and velvet:



However, while their sample screams 'for black tie events only!', this pattern definitely doesn't need to be sewn in fancy evening-wear fabrics.  Made up in more everyday wash-and-wear fabrics, what you've got is a really stylish maxi-length slip dress.  And by stylish, I really mean stylish: maxi-length slip dresses were really popular on the Spring/Summer 2016 catwalks!

So, without further ado, here's the inspiration for this week's outfit:


All the images except for the last one are from the Spring/Summer 2016 ready-to-wear collections of the following designers: Valentino, Jonathan Saunders, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, and Burberry Prorsum; the last image is from the fashion blog, 'Cupcakes and Cashmere'


If you're not going to make Elizabeth up in luxurious silks and velvets, I think that viscose and polyester crepes are the best choice for making more wearable, everyday versions of this dress. We've got two lines of plain-coloured crepe that are always in stock (Sibylle and Isobel) - and I think they would both work well with Elizabeth.  Isobel is a poly-viscose-spandex mix: it is softer and lighter than Sibylle and has a tiny amount of stretch.  Sibylle is 100% polyester, heavier than Isobel, and extremely crease-resistant (I have yet to make it crease when I ball it up in my hands: it just springs back!).  We've got Sibylle in 4 colours (black, navy, red and ivory) and Isobel in five colours (black, cream, light pink, purple and now orange!).  We've also got a number of printed crepes - most of which are between the weight of Isobel and Sibylle.  You can see all of our crepes here.

Below, you'll see two of our newest crepes (bought in specifically for this outfit!) - Isobel in orange and a navy and gold floral crepe:


To show you what Elizabeth might look like made up in these crepes, I've worked some Photoshop magic.  :-)


Further Details

Named Elizabeth
£14.50 (£13.05 until noon on Tuesday!)
Sizes: 32-46
Level: advanced
Reviews: no reviews on PatternReview.com


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May 28, 2016 by Amy Lloyd
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