Tilly and the Buttons’ Etta

At last… 🎶My Etta dress is finally done. It took one helluva long time! More on that later, but first, the pattern:

Tilly And The Buttons’ Etta is a flattering fitted dress that falls just below the knee, my favorite length. The dress is shaped with darts at the bust, waist and shoulders. It has lined cap sleeves, an invisible zip at the back and a lovely V-back collar. As usual with Tilly patterns, the instructions were clear, the size was right, and I enjoyed every minute of the making.

For the fabric, I used a stretch black cotton. The cotton has a bit of sheen, perfect for upping the elegance.

Now, about that time-consuming part. To personalize this little black dress, I cut into some embroidered mesh and composed the floral embellishments around the shoulders and the bottom of the skirt. This was my first time doing this sort of thing, and I most definitely underestimated the tedium of cutting all the tiny flowers, arranging them on the garment, and then hand-stitching each one of them! I can only hope my wrist recovers from it all! But what’s most important is the result, and I love it. The appliqué symmetry on the back of the shoulders accentuates the V-back neckline, while the asymmetry on the front of the shoulders nicely frames the bust area.

All told, this Etta is the perfect dress to wear on special occasions. I will do so next week in fact when I fly back to Vancouver for my Canadian Citizenship Ceremony. This is a big deal for me and a milestone in my wonderful Canadian journey that started 9 years ago. I’ll be wearing this dress. Perhaps I’ll even listen to some Etta James on the flight in to ensure I have one of her songs stuck in my head!

Now some pictures:

Tilly And The Buttons Etta Dress Zoubizoubisou Front

Tilly And The Buttons Etta Dress Zoubizoubisou Back

Tilly And The Buttons Etta Dress Zoubizoubisou Side

Tilly And The Buttons Etta Dress Zoubizoubisou Front

Tilly And The Buttons Etta Dress Zoubizoubisou Close up

Tilly And The Buttons Etta Dress Zoubizoubisou Front

Tilly And The Buttons Etta Dress Zoubizoubisou Back

Thanks for looking!

Emmanuelle

By | 2017-10-10T12:10:13+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|10 Comments

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  1. gilliancrafts October 10, 2017 at 17:28 - Reply

    That dress is stunning! Well done. And from one Canadian to another, welcome! <3

    • zoubi zoubisou October 11, 2017 at 11:36 - Reply

      Thank you so much Gillian! ☺️ That means a lot to me! 💕🇨🇦

  2. Juliana October 10, 2017 at 19:32 - Reply

    Soooo beautiful! Wow. Awesome job. Have a wonderful time with your ceremony!

    • zoubi zoubisou October 11, 2017 at 11:38 - Reply

      Thank you so much Juliana! ☺️💕Sewing this dress was a lot of fun!

  3. victoriadcsmith October 10, 2017 at 23:06 - Reply

    The embroidery is fantastic!

    • zoubi zoubisou October 11, 2017 at 11:39 - Reply

      Thank you very much! ☺️💕

  4. Fabric Tragic October 11, 2017 at 06:01 - Reply

    Really beautiful. So worth the effort and a lovely frock for your big event!

    • zoubi zoubisou October 11, 2017 at 11:42 - Reply

      That’s very sweet of you, thank you so much Sarah! ☺️💕 It was definitely laborious but a lot of fun at the same time! I can’t wait to wear it next week 😉

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  6. Mags October 13, 2017 at 01:46 - Reply

    That is just beautiful and really suits you. I’ve just bought some fabulous embroidered ankle boots from M & S and I have been thinking about making a black dress with appliqué to go with them.

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