Hot! The “Happy New Year!” Dress | Sarah Gabbart

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Fabric: Green silk dupiani ($35 a yard – 3 yards)
Pattern: Hacked Truffle pattern from the Colette Sewing Handbook
Year: c. 2011
Notions: 14″ invisible zipper
Time to complete: 3.5 hours
First worn: December 2011
Wear again? Absolutely!

Total Cost: $105

As 2011 comes to a close, I’m trying to wrap my head around all that has happened this year. Closing a business, wrestling with career direction, coping with a family emergency – through it all, the Sew Weekly has been a bight spot in a difficult year. Each week, the five of us came together to share something we loved and engage with other talented, kind people from across the world. I have LOVED this year of sewing and can’t think Mena enough for letting us all be a part of something this great. Posting creations along side her, Debi, Adey and Veronica was an honor and each week pushed me to be a better seamstress.

To give 2011 a good sendoff and welcome 2012, I decided to hack the Truffle pattern from the Colette Sewing Handbook and create a one shoulder dress with a bow detail (inspired by this Pattern Runway pattern). The construction was super easy – thanks to my first foray into the Truffle, which helped me get the fit perfect – and the transformation into making this a one shoulder top was as easy as lopping off one of the shoulder straps. Warning – make sure you lay out everything right sides together (front and back pieces) before you chop. You have to make sure everything will meet up the way it’s supposed to (the lining and the back pieces).


After getting the cutting down, I simply pieced the front and smaller back pieces together, sewed the shoulders together and attached the front to the lining (right sides together), leaving one sides open. From there you pull everything right side out (using the shoulder as a channel). Finally, sew up the open side. At this point you might be like “Sarah – WHAT? This makes no sense!” I drew some pictures for you to clear things up (hopefully!)

One-Shouldered Truffle

Once the top is finished, I added it to the regular Truffle skirt, inserted the zipper as instructed, and constructed a simple bow. I used the one from the Pattern Runway pattern, but you can wing it and make any thing you think might look cool! After fooling with it for a few minutes, I came up with a design I liked and hand tacked it to the shoulder. Voila! Instant party!

I will be wearing this dress while ringing in the new year with those I love, kissing Ryan the Gabbart at midnight, and hoping for a year of sewing joy that matches this one – thank you all for being part of the Sew Weekly this year and for supporting us as we slaved away on this labor of love. Happy New Year!

FullI am seriously contemplating what should be in my next drink – hmm?


Sarah Gabbart


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  1. An absolutely stunning dress! The fit, style, and colour are spectacular on you!!

  2. That color! I’m so impressed by your “chopping” skills – this pattern variation is spectacular.

  3. Wow! Great job on the dress and you picked the perfect colour!

  4. A fitting way to end the year – innovation on a pattern to create a great dress. The skirt of the truffle is really a lovely shape. Many Cheers to you for 2012

  5. Sarah, this is so gorgeous!! This is my next favourite thing next to your Truffles Dress, now you must love the pattern so much!

  6. This is a fabulous dress on you and that colour is wow! Nice job.

  7. Wow, what a way to finish the year- totally gorgeous!

  8. What a beautiful dress, and what a beautiful finish to the year! It’s been such a pleasure to see all of your amazing creations throughout the year. Thank you for being such an inspiration! -Reana Louise x

  9. So, so pretty! And the fit is perfect!

  10. Beautiful, Sarah. You “own” this dress!

  11. This dress is beautiful and looks fantastic on you.
    Thankyou and the other 4 girls for your weeks of sewing,and posting,I know that has to be very difficult, We have all enjoyed it and looked forward to each week. Happy sewing 2012.

  12. Love this dress! I think this is one of my favorites of the entire year. :)

  13. That turned out beautifully, and the color is gorgeous!

  14. That dress is beautiful! Thank you for providing me (and so many others) with so much eye candy for the past year.

  15. This is fantastic! Great color and style! Happy New Year!

  16. FAB!!! Will have to try this! :)

  17. Clarissa Henderson

    Love the fabric! I just bought the Colette Sewing Book over the holiday weekend. I’m itching to try out some of the projects.

  18. Beautiful dress – my favorite Sarah creation yet. I thought immediately that it looked like the PRunway pattern, which I would love to have at some point. Great color, too.

  19. YAY! Sarah!!!! This dress is fabulous! What a brilliant idea!! It’s been such a blast sewing alongside you throughout this year..I hope we can meet-up some day–that would be so much fun! David and I are wishing you both a great new year’s with friends, family, lots of love and lots of sewing :)

  20. great dress! and love the little pics you drew to show the steps, brilliant – I think I will borrow the idea and draw the steps for my next project just to make it easier for myself.