Monday, February 20, 2012

Purple dress; 6 different ways

I think this little purple shot rayon dress, made using Burdastyle magazine 06/2011, 102 and seen first here will be one of those winning dresses with year round capabilities.  I have been wearing it a tonne this summer;  being a natural fibre and with its flow-y loose design it is beautifully light and so cool on even the hottest day. And I think that come the cooler weather that I will still be able to wear it to, thanks to its sludgy winter-y colour.  It's amazing to me that I was a little doubtful of this dress at first... since I can't imagine now how I did without something just like this before! 
At left; being such an easy casual design with no zips, buttons or other bits and bobs, makes it a perfect throw-on over the bathers, as a beach cover-up or if you just want to pop out for a few groceries.  I have worn it on over my bathers like this lots of times this summer already!  I also love this colour combination of bright yellow against that sludgy purple colour too; colour wheel opposites.  At right; I have a big collection of light summer scarves to dress up a plain dress like this one.  And y'know what? it is amazing, all of my scarves are showcased beautifully against this very blank canvas of a dress.  This scarf, a gift from my parents from their trip to Italy, is one of my favourites.
At left; with a loose-fitting blouse over it, it masquerades as a skirt.  I don't often go for the dress-as-a-skirt look, but the loose nature of both these pieces allow the combination to work really well.  At right; the simple but elegant style can be dressed up for a more formal party or dinner on a summer's evening, with all hot-pink accessories.  I wore this outfit to Cassie's birthday party.
Now for some cool weather ensembles, and I am looking forward when I will be wearing more nuanced outfits with a few layers such as these!  At left; purple is a great base colour for an autumn wardrobe, and I love it against warm rich autumnal colours, such as raspberry red.  Add a creamy scarf, and I'm all ready for a casz day.  At right; worn as a tunic top, and layered up with neutral and similarly sludge-y hued accessories for winter...  I would wear this when I wanted to look smart, like meeting my husband or friends out for lunch, or going out to dinner.  Fyi? best not to try wearing either of these outfits on a 38C day.  That would be just plain silly, yes?  :D
What am I wearing today?  Well I am wearing the second outfit, with the lovely colourful scarf... it was perfect for a pretty hot summer day.  I had morning tea out with some friends and then ran a few errands.  
So which of these outfits would be your favourite?  

30 comments:

  1. I like this dress a lot. Super cute in every way you have it assembled. Talk about getting some miles out of one garment!

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  2. Really cute dress! I liked it when he magazine came out but wasn't sure how it would look made up. Now I will have to make it! Love the way you've layered it. Is the fabric very drapey? What kind of fabrics do you think it would work best with?

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  3. What a versatile piece. And very cute the way you are wearing it today.

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  4. Dang girl! You are WORKIN' the heck out of that dress! I like all the creative combos you've put together, but I think my favourite is with the hot pink. SO fun!

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  5. The shape is flattering on you, and, if it is comfortable, even better! I like the chocolaty purple colour. It looks especially good with orange or yellow as a foil.

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  6. I love all these looks on you, especially the last one which is quintessentially "Carolyn" in my eye. For myself, this is a dress I NEED, and would wear in all the other 5 ways. Off to look at my pattern and fabric stash!

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  7. I like the versatility of this dress. A couple of summers ago I had a go at making loose comfy summer dresses, but the interlock I used means they are still pretty warm - I may have another go this year. I like #5 (of course, since it is still "winter" here) and I love being able to layer. not so nice for a photo shoot, eh ? :)

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  8. I like them all, but #2 is my favorite. Is this more of that "shot" cotton you are so fond of? I am gonna get me some of that one day.

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  9. I like 1,4 and 5 but mostly 1 because beach weather is my favourite time of the year.

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  10. I think I love all those outfits. Seriously. It's a beautiful and versatile dress. I need to add that pattern to my queue!

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  11. Firstly, great dress. I love how you style. And, I like the jacket version for work and the cardi version for catching up with friends. The first three are my holiday favs. Lastly, you so have the height for the last version...

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  12. I think my favorites are both of the winter looks, but I like the one you are wearing today. The color of the dress means you could wear just about any scarf with it.

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  13. Actually I can't decide on a favourite - love the winter looks, but then the summer ones are just as good. A great dress to have in your wardrobe.

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  14. I think that really pops with the pink accessories. Not a colour I'd have thought to combine with the purple but it works so well.

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  15. Love it! I've only just discovered the delights of Burdastyle, since it's in my new local library. This was the first one I picked up! I love this dress, it's so simple, but you've accessorised it brilliantly. I love 2,4 and 5 images personally, but they all look great. I MUST copy the pattern!

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  16. This really looks like a brilliant pattern! (Must remember to have a look at the magazine again).

    My favorite version is the one with the pink necklace, but I really like ALL of them!

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  17. I think your dress looks much better than the burda magazine version . I love the raspberry jacket combination.

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  18. Oh PS . Sienna is looking so sweet - sometimes she steals your thunder !

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  19. I like the way you put your six ways series together. It proves the versatility of the garments you make.

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  20. You really do think through the versatility of every garment! Love all the variations.

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  21. very versatile, I love the combo with the rasberry.

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  22. This is amazing and something I've never been able to do. Thanks for the tips! As to my favorites - they're all great looks but # 2,4,and 5 are my faves!

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  23. I love this little dress. It is so versatile, and looks so comfy, but 'dressed up' at the same time. I really enjoy these '6 ways' posts, it gives me ideas for my own wardrobe. Have a lovely day! Anne

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  24. Such a great dress! i love numbers 4 and 6

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  25. Love 4 and 6 too. Number 4 is especially stylish

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  26. I love them all! My favorite in terms of creativity is the one with the white skirt showing. My favorite photo? The dressed up one, why? I love how your puppy looks at the camera saying 'is she done yet?'
    A very versatile dress, I just made myself one that I hope turns just as versatile.

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  27. The one with the little cherry jacket for sure. Did you make the jacket yourself too?

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  28. I just love the way you put colours together.

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  29. Thank you all! Kathy, yes my fabric is very drapey, and I think this is essential for this style to work.
    ElleC; my fabric is rayon, very light floaty fabric made of a natural cellulose fibre.
    theperfectnose; yes I did make that little cherry jacket too; thank you!

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