The “Go-Go Triangles” Dress

Cheers to mixing it up!  A weekend wedding was just the kind of fire I needed under my butt to make this dress I’ve had in my queue since this time last year.  Although it was freeezing, I stripped off my jacket and ran into the sun so Sam could take photos while the sun was still shining.  Lucky weather for a Dutch spring wedding – we haven’t regularly seen the sun in a while!

The Facts
Fabric: 1.5m Batik & .75m quilting cotton, .5m quilting cotton for bodice lining, acetate for skirt front lining
Pattern: 5/2011 Dress with A-line Skirt
Year: 2011
Notions: zipper, some bias fusible interfacing tape
Time to complete: 3 days
First worn: 05/12/2012
Wear again? yes!
Total price: Not sure, probably around $20.

 

 

 

Price breakdown: The Batik was a gift from my friends (a gift certificate for Quilt et Textilkunst in Munich).  The Timeless Treasures quilting cotton for the sketchy blue parts of the dress were from the Fat Quarter Shop or Hawthorne Threads (~$9/yd). The Amy Butler quilting cotton for the lining has been in my stash for at least 4 years.  The acetate was leftovers from the Plaid Starlet Suit Jacket.

This dress goes down as my fastest dress ever.  I was so happy I put it together so quickly and had zero mishaps.  Everything came from my stash this time and it felt good not to have to run to the store.  This cute A-line dress came together just in time for the wedding – even a day early!  I guess I must have learned something in the last several months after participating in six challenges.  The dress itself reminds me somewhat of a go-go girl outfit… just add flared sleeves and white patent leather boots!!  Either way, the wedding went well although it was still quite cold for May, and my dress was comfortable and matched the blue/teal color theme of the day (I’ll save the white boots for another time).  So many guests were wearing teal blue that it was hard to believe none of us knew what the colors of the decor were going to be… the invite was red and white!

yes! I picked the right colors!!

As for the pattern, I recommend it for those with a little experience and even the adventurous beginner.  I adapted a little bit by changing the zipper to a lapped one, and I added a lining to the front and side triangles.  It really helped with dancing whilst wearing nylons – no cling or bunching while busting a move.  I lowered the neckline slightly – ooh you can’t see it because the knitted cowl is covering it…Ah well, the cowl a pattern by Laura Chau called Dipped Infinity Scarf which is super easy and pretty IMO.   Take my word for it that the neckline is a boat-neck and the straps are quite thin but still mostly covered my bra straps.  I modified the back to adapt to my shape, and that was it!

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adriprints

Adriprints is an illustrator and designer by trade; a knitter, crocheter, and pseudo-seamstress by craft. You can find her work in typo-phile calendars, online knitting mags, and on random people's business cards, greeting cards, and websites. She currently lives in Munich.

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  1. How wonderful you look in the blues and teals look. Funny about the wedding colours but I guess you all really felt like part of the wedding party.
    I love this pattern and I think it is the first time I’ve seen it made up. Often it seems that people give up on it as too hard (I could be wrong on this though).

    • I found the pattern to be really easy, maybe it’s because I’ve been quilting? I did adapt the pattern to my measurements and left about 1/2″ seam allowance in case I needed to make changes. I adapted the neckline and waist before inserting the zipper and it really helped with the fit.

  2. This is oh-so fab…love the knitted infity scarf and colors. You did brilliant work with this pattern. It caught my eye the moment I saw it on BurdaStyle, but couldn’t envision it working at first…but, you’ve shown me its awesome potential. Well done!

  3. Thank you! :) I like the pattern enough that I may make it again in all batiks or maybe in a Vlisco print or two.

  4. Damn you and your successful 108B! Damn you! *shakes fist at sky*
    I did the same modification to the straps, and then altered the princess seams for SBA, but still no success for me. Ah well.

    Yours however, looks beautiful. It is the perfect pattern for colour blocking, so I may bite the bullet and try again (for the 4th time). BTW, I was in Amsterdam on the 15th, and it was a bit cooler than I expected too!

    • lol! Vicki, I think batik cotton might be easier to work with than the schweschwe you tried, no? Is it thicker/stiffer? Either way, write me if you want my exact adjustments – there was a lot of hand finishing I did on the inside to get the bodice lining just right and I tried it on after each step of the process.

  5. You look great. Can I ask a question? I can’t quite see in the photos, but is there a side seam to the skirt or is it like an inverted triangle.

    • Thank you! No side seam, just an inverted triangle. There is a center back seam where the zipper is installed. The bodice has five pieces (front center, 2 sides, 2 back pieces) and the skirt is the same.

  6. Your dress is so excellent in so many ways! Such an interesting use of color and print! You look fantastic!

  7. Love the dress! But I have to ask – where did you get those amazing boots?!

    • Hi There, I bought these boots in 2008 or 2009 at a Munich Galeria Kaufhof. The brand is called Caprice. I’m glad you like them as much as I do, thanks for commenting!

  8. I so love this! I’ve been umm-ing and ahh-ing about this pattern for ages, but you’ve convinced me to buy it and have a go myself.

    • Cool! I hope it works out for you as well as it did for me. Let me know if you need any help clarifying the instructions… they’re scant. :)

      P.S. It’s a petite pattern – and I’m 5’0″ so I didn’t have to modify any of the waist heights, armhole, or hem.

  9. That’s so flattering. I really love it!

  10. This is great Adri. I love this pattern it’s very flattering and your choice of prints. Love your ‘yes! I picked the right colors!!’ pic, super fun.

  11. This dress is awesome!! I love how the triangles give it a unique shape. I think you did a great job in picking the fabric for it. They match the cowl you’re wearing perfectly!

    • Thank you! I was lucky in that I gravitate toward those colors in both fabric and yarn, so it all worked out for once.

  12. Cool! I love it with your beautiful cowl. And your boots are great too, but I think white boots on a warmer day would be spectacular!

  13. You’ve made this so beautifully. LOVE that ‘yes! I got it right photo’ and the styling of the dress with those boots and the cowl is the best!