The Flamingo Dress

I had a great time leading the Yaletown sew-along, and now comes the best part! We get to share our versions. First up, here’s mine!  Flamingo Dress 4I’ve already shown you my blouse version of the Yaletown, here is my dress version. I love them both, but I think I prefer the dress version. I’ve owned a couple of wrap dresses in my day, and I always end up spending the day paranoid that the wind will blow my skirt open!  The Yaletown dress has the wrap look on the top half, but the there is no skirt opening so there’s no chance of it flying open.

Flamingo Dress 2I’m not sure if this is a popular opinion, but I love flutter sleeves. I’ve always felt that looser sleeves are more flattering for my arms. The bonus is that they’re more comfortable too.

Flamingo Dress 1At first I thought I might want to lengthen the skirt, but I’m glad I went with this length. It hits me just below my knees, which tends to looks pretty feminine and classic on me. I definitely want to try out a shorter, sassier version though! I’m thinking mid thigh length, maybe in a solid black. I think a black wrap dress would get a ton of wear in my wardrobe!

Flamingo Dress 6I actually wore this dress to a wedding a couple of weeks ago. Exactly like this, shoes and all! It was an afternoon wedding with an evening reception, and the dress felt appropriate for both daytime and nighttime. I was super comfortable, and I felt pretty and playful. With the flats, I was able to dance without my feet hurting at all!

Flamingo Dress 3I’m loving the red button. I would normally go with black since it would blend in more, but I figured if there are flamingos on my dress, I can have fun with the button too. Speaking of flamingos, this fabric has been making major rounds in the blogosphere. Probably because it’s amazing! I’m super excited that I got my hands on some for my shop. Here it is, if you’re interested!

Flamingo Dress 5Now it’s your turn! Comment with a link to your Yaletown, and I’ll include it in the round up. You can link to anywhere that I can click and view – blog, flickr, facebook, instagram, twitter, you name it. I can’t wait to see your versions!

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30 Responses to The Flamingo Dress

  1. Meg October 8, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    Love your flamingos! Here is my Yaletown, although I ended up adding buttons across the wrap part to keep it from gaping open. Love it now and got many compliments!
    http://cookinandcraftin.blogspot.com/2014/08/polka-dot-yaletown-blouse.html

    • Caroline Amanda October 9, 2014 at 8:50 am #

      Looks great Meg! Glad you figured out a way to make the wrap work for you in this version.

  2. joelle October 8, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    i love your flamingo dress!! i agree that the lenght is just right on you. very feminine!
    i need to photograph my yaletown so i can share pictures with you :)

    • Caroline Amanda October 9, 2014 at 8:51 am #

      Yes please do! I’d love to see your version :)

  3. TSM October 8, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    It’s hot where I am currently located. So I opt to go sleeveless :). I had lots of gaping issues.. but this is common with my small bust and Asian frame. Tank top to the rescue!

    I’m planning another one in Nani Ito fabric (hopefully I would have solved the gaping with an SBA by then)!

    • Caroline Amanda October 9, 2014 at 8:54 am #

      Yes it looks like a small bust adjustment would solve your gaping! It looks nice though, I like the color you chose :) Would you like me to include your version in the round up?

      • TSM October 9, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

        Sure.. why not.. :)

  4. Kelly October 8, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    I love it! The red button is perfect with their little red beaks!

    • Caroline Amanda October 9, 2014 at 8:55 am #

      Haha I know right! Somehow it just works :)

  5. Katie October 8, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    Your flamingos are so cute! I made mine with some rayon from my stash, and unfortunately it came out a bit big – as most Sewaholic patterns tend to on me (not being a pear shape and all).

    Didn’t stop me from wearing it on my honeymoon in Italy though! Here’s a link:
    http://instagram.com/p/t5WwatMGfa/

    • Caroline Amanda October 9, 2014 at 8:56 am #

      Ou Katie I like it, it looks so cute! I love your shortened version. You look so happy on your honeymoon! Lucky you! Italy…. I could go for that right about now.
      Congratulations!

  6. Kaci October 8, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    That dress looks fantastic on you Caroline! Don’t feel apologetic about liking “unpopular” flutter sleeves. I prefer them myself because then I don’t have to add to the width of a more fitted sleeve pattern. I think what you’ve made is a true representation of the pattern; you’ve kept the style ease and the result is extremely flattering. This is what I like to see; it makes me confident when I buy this that I can create a garment I would want to wear.

    • Caroline Amanda October 9, 2014 at 8:57 am #

      Thank you so much Kaci that is so kind of you! I will try to be unapologetic about my love for the flutter sleeves :)

  7. Katherine October 8, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Love this on you Amanda! (ps – I saw this fabric in a retail location in Vancouver – your prices are very competitive and your descriptions are super accurate!).

    • Caroline Amanda October 9, 2014 at 8:58 am #

      Oh thanks for letting me know! I’m glad my pricing is competitive and descriptions accurate. That’s definitely what I’m going for!

      • Katherine October 9, 2014 at 11:12 am #

        And sorry for calling you by your last name lol I was waiting for my coffee to kick in.

  8. Mia October 8, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    This looks great!! I love the red button that matches the flamingo beaks. I really want to make the Yaletown dress and blouse, but I’m so new to sewing I don’t know if I’m up for it yet. They’re both very pretty and flattering!

    • Caroline Amanda October 9, 2014 at 9:00 am #

      Thank you Mia! And when you’re ready to give it a try, the sew-along will be here to help guide you along! The nice thing about the Yaletown is that there are no zippers or buttons or complicated closures.

  9. Hélène October 8, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Très jolie robe!

  10. Tracy K October 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    OMG, I *LOVE* that final result! I was so happy to receive my recent order of that very same fabric from BlackBird Fabrics and I was so impressed by how accurate your description was – it really does feel like silk and the drape and matte texture is just lovely and gives that elegant & expensive feel and look. I can’t wait to turn it into the blouse version of the Yaletown pattern.

    • Caroline Amanda October 9, 2014 at 9:02 am #

      Oh Tracy thank you so much! And that is so lovely to hear. I’m glad you’re happy with the fabric and hope you enjoy!

  11. juliana October 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    beautiful!
    the drape of that fabric is perfect, and I love how your dress turned out!
    great work.

  12. Carolyn October 9, 2014 at 5:07 am #

    Caroline, this looks beautiful on you! :) Of course the flamingo fabric is awesome, but the fabric, cut, and little red button really suit your style so well. Thanks for another great sewalong! I haven’t been sewing along, but I’ve loved reading and picking up all your tips along the way.

    • Caroline Amanda October 9, 2014 at 9:03 am #

      Thank you so much Carolyn! So glad you enjoyed reading along.

  13. Armiarma October 9, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    Beautiful dress! I love the fabric and the wrap effect on top of the dress.

  14. Miss Crayola Creepy October 9, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    You have convinced me that I need this pattern :)

  15. Paola October 14, 2014 at 2:46 am #

    I have a Yaletown blouse cut out and ready to sew as a tester for whether I might make the dress version for a wedding guest outfit, as you have.
    I also love a flutter sleeve and it is this feature that convinced me to try out this pattern.