The 8 O'Clock Frock GROSGRAIN GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

December 11, 2009

In case you might have missed my previous post I just wanted to again thank you for voting for me in the Shabby Apple Dare to Design Contest. Last night they announced Grosgrain as the winner! And I could not have done it without all of you behind me.


Speaking of contests I have my own little one in the works. It involves all of you. I hope you approve. Look for it next week!


Now, back to this dress! As I mentioned before I am trying to make a few more adult dresses. Some more girly some more sleek. This one leans toward the sleek.


I made the skirt extra long. It extends past the knees but it also tapers to a point. I would call it more of a pencil than a tulip. I don't think I've ever tried a tulip before. But I'd like to someday.



I've seen some strange tulip skirts lately. The kind you might see on Project Runway. I don't know if I'd have the courage to make a skirt like that but something inside me wants to try someday. I don't think many people would like it but I think it would be worth the time to see the outcome.



This dress is made out of a mustard colored knit material. I bought it at this amazing fabric store in Amish Country. They had an enormous amount of knit fabrics in all sorts of colors and patterns. I was in heaven.


For some reason JoAnn and other chain fabric stores don't carry a wide selection of knits. And although I'm not a big fan of using knits for dresses I have to say that every once in a while they really are great.






They don't require a zipper and they don't fray. It only took me about an hour and 45 minutes to make this dress, that included the pattern! I sewed it a couple hours before Abi came over to model it!


I bought the belt at Forever 21. It is included with the dress. I sort of debated keeping it for myself but I really can't wear it now anyway and I think that it totally 'makes' the dress. I love a good big leather belt. It can give a punch to a simple dress like this one.



The sleeves are unique. I've never made sleeves like these before. Although I think they would have looked better if I had used a stiffer material.


They are just 3" by 7" strips of knit material. I thought it had a modern yet feminine look. To make them stand out more I'd add an inch or two to make them 5" wide. I might try using the look again for a later dress.


I sewed a cowl scoop for the neckline. I do have some regrets about the neck. I wanted to make a much fuller cowl. I guess next time I will have add twice as much material. Overall I think it was a more modern dress. But something that you could wear to work or a party.


Thanks to Abi for coming over again and modeling for me. But I have to admit that I need a few new backdrops. We were sort of at a loss as to what to do in the photos.



I'm getting sooooo bored with my standard white, blue, orange and grey. I'd love to get some modern wallpaper and set up a hardwood floor in the basement. Perhaps after the baby is born.


I'm definitely getting one of those lights I mentioned in my A Few of my Favorite Things post. I think shining those lights on my subject is going to do WONDERS for my setup.


Abi said I should post a picture of what it really looks like down there since you never see any of the weird basement in the photos. I thought that would actually be a good idea. So look for that too if you want a good laugh.


I would say this dress would fit a size 5-8.


If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link at the top.


Now, in case you might have missed my survey results post....there are some changes to entering a Grosgrain contest!


Many of you said that you would like to enter more giveaways, but have various issues with linking. Of course, I want anyone that is interested in entering a giveaway to be able to do so.


Therefore, from now on, giveaways can be entered in three ways:


1) By linking (to your blog, facebook, myspace, or any other site)


2) By leaving a comment without a link or


3) By linking and leaving a comment (this will be worth 2 entries which will better your chances of winning). Find more info under the FAQ page.



If you are leaving a link just use the 'create a link' at the bottom of this post or simply creating a post on your blog and including this link.



If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post. If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.


Create a Link





NOTE: Blogger is fixing an error with the 'Create a Link' Link. This applies to all 'Create a Links' on all pages. You might get an error code: bX-w3yevs. If you do, check your page to see if it posted anyway. If it hasn't and you want to create a link just do so by posting it to your blog the way you would normally make a post. (ie, the old fashioned way). I will let you know here when this problem is fixed.
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134 {comments}:

TheMoncurs said... Best Blogger Tips

Looove the shape of this dress

GraceElizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a fantastic design! The belt makes it. :) And giveaways make my day. =D

The Chong Ohana said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a cute dress! What a great color! I want I want!

nic said... Best Blogger Tips

http://domesticatedsophisticate.blogspot.com/2009/12/grosgrain-giveaway.html

This is my favorite!

Mrs. Alston said... Best Blogger Tips

oh, its so fabulous! I LOVE IT. it would be a smashing hit at my office!

Jinii said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! So cute.

I am also linked up.

Katy Lin said... Best Blogger Tips

oh.my.word. I ADORE THIS DRESS!!! Please count me in! - i posted you here

LB3K said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing dress and congrats on your win!

marykaye said... Best Blogger Tips

Fantastic!

Marianne Elixir said... Best Blogger Tips

This is beautiful! I think it would be lovely for a housewife too =)

Jones Family said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a great dress! I love the shape and the color is wonderful!

Amanda - Adopting "Little One"

HeidiGrace said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked to it! :)
heidi-grace.blogspot.com

Heidi~

HeidiGrace said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this dress! It is super cute!
*Crossing my fingers* :)
Heidi~

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! The shape, the length, everything! I linked and I want! :) And Congrats on winning the Shabby Apple design challenge!!!!

Jilliebeanie said... Best Blogger Tips

Great dress! Linked on my blog here:

http://spoilsofwear.blogspot.com/2009/12/giveaway.html

Amber said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this please enter me!

amberelizabethphotography.blogspot.com

Leslie said... Best Blogger Tips

so pretty and congrats on your win! i'm sure you totally swept it!

S.L.P said... Best Blogger Tips

Hmmm...I never have problems linking, but I did this time. I'm so excited to see a dress I might fit in! And I love the mustard color. Cute!

Happy Together said... Best Blogger Tips

CONGRATULATIONS on your win!!!!!!!! That's so awesome. I love love love this dress too. It's such a pretty color and shape!

Ariel said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohh, I would LOVE this!!! A girl can wish, right?!

Claudia said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulation on your win!!! You absolutely deserve it. Your work is amazing and viewing the other designs, yours was just outstanding. Best wishes for the future as a designer.

Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

Ooooooo, finally a dress that I might be able to fit into!! Yay! I'm linking to my blog.

http://sidac.blogspot.com

Adventures in Dressmaking said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute, and I love the belt--you're right, it totally makes the dress!

Christa said... Best Blogger Tips

I have a link on my blog and I'm leaving a comment!
jcbrowerfamily.blogspot.com

Danika said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely love your designs and think you are freakishly talented. However, would you consider incorporating set in sleeves more often? I've noticed many of your adorable dresses have incredibly little coverage on the shoulders. Having done clothing construction as well, I know set in sleeves are not the easiest to make, but they're more modest and look a little nicer.

Just a thought!

Serena said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness, it's gorgeous! The color is absolutely wonderful! This would be sooo much fun to wear!

nicoleslack said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the neck line and the fitted shape. You are right, the belt really makes the outfit pop!

berrygirl--Jaime said... Best Blogger Tips

This is my FAVORITE dress I've seen you do...and it will fit me perfectly...and I so hope I win it. I love the shape, color and belt. You are one talented girl.

jaimelinnea@yahoo.com
merrygoroundfamily.blogspot.com

Julia said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, you make the most beautiful dresses! Love the mustard color on this one and am just a sucker for knit fabrics - they look so good and feel so good!

Julia
(palekal@hotmail.com)

Larissa said... Best Blogger Tips

I created a blog link the old fashioned way, I do really really really hope I win this dress, it would be a dream come true!

Tanner ♥ Chaya said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely love the color! Beautiful Dress!

Tanner ♥ Chaya said... Best Blogger Tips

I Linked on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/cjudkinsallen?ref=profile I hope I win Love the Dress!

Sarah Seitz said... Best Blogger Tips

Love, love love this dress! The color is lovely and I think the shape would work will with my body! Hope I win! Thanks, Kathleen!

Kjerstine said... Best Blogger Tips

i found your site through shabby apple and i love this yellow dress! you are so talented and the dress that won for shabby apples contest is gorgeous! great work!
such a fan!!!

K. Phillips
WA state!

marissa said... Best Blogger Tips

I really love this one it's beautiful and a big congrats on winning the contest!

Kjerstine said... Best Blogger Tips

so making a link on the blog isnt working, so i just posted a quick blog with the link written on it!!! :)

Talitha said... Best Blogger Tips

Oooohhh... it's in my color! LOVE. I posted a link on my blog...
http://me-and-thebug.blogspot.com/2009/12/another-blog-i-love.html

The Lawlor's said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute, you are amazing!

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

Just wanted to say, I think this is absolutely lovely. Please don't consider this an entry though - I don't think it'd fit. The social darling frock however...

Christina Joy said... Best Blogger Tips

Luuurrrve it! And way to go on stealing that Shabby Apple contest! Now when I can run over there and get me one? :)

Kristin said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful dress. love the color and belt! amazing.

Myshell said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy to send some link love your way!

Congrats on being an "official" designer...although I am sure we all would disagree and say you didn't need Shabby Apple to boast as much...

Cheers!
Myshell

Jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

enter me! thanks for chanfing the rules- great dress!

Kat said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is gorgeous! I love the colour and the shape. I would love to win this! Keeping my fingers crossed.

April said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this! You can't go wrong with a good knit. So comfortable! I linked here at Modern-Mama.com

http://www.modern-mama.com/?p=23

Elaine said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous. Please enter me!

joolee said... Best Blogger Tips

FABulous dress! Love the fabric, the color, the cowl neck, the sleeves, the shape, the belt...oh it's just lovely. :)

http://richardsonshine.blogspot.com/

mommabear said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute, I absolutely love the color!!!

M said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, pick me! This is absolutely gorgeous!

pistolpackinmama said... Best Blogger Tips

Linked! CONGRATULATIONS! for winning the best design. I can't wait to buy your dress. I'm so excited for you.

The Giveaway Diva said... Best Blogger Tips

love the colour! and congrats! knew there was no wayt that you wouldn't win!

nicolemarielum @gmail.com

gina said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the dress. You always come up with the most gorgeous things! Thanks for all the giveawaya!

Hugs,
Gina
www.gigglekidsboutique.com
gina@gigglekidsboutique.com

Cristy said... Best Blogger Tips

This is amazing! I would for sure wear it with pride if I won it!!!

Kari said... Best Blogger Tips

I created a link! Count me in. :)

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a great dress! I dont think it would take me an hour and 45 minutes to sew it, it would be much longer! You are a fantastic designer!

carmel said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely dress!
ilove it!
i blogged about it on my side bar
thanks!

Candice said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on your win :)

This dress is beautiful - I love it (and the colour too)

candy3181@hotmail.com

dogwood said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, what a beautiful dress! I could so rock this at my class reunion coming up in a couple of months!

I'll try to post a link ... if it works I'll come back and let ya know.

dogwood said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey it worked! I got that error message, but the post made it to my blog anyway.

Lynette said... Best Blogger Tips

Another beautiful dress!

www.AHodgePodgeOfRandomness.blogspot.com

sweet limes said... Best Blogger Tips

I agree with the look of this dress. You do a great job on these!

Em & Gar said... Best Blogger Tips

I adore this dress! Finally something that can handle more curves!

mushbelly said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE! Such a beautiful dress - and that is my signature color this season too!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Enter me! Congrats about winning the dress contest! This is such a neat design!

~Holly

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

What a lovely dress! The belt is such a cute touch!

lin3arossa said... Best Blogger Tips

Link created and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
ghainskom at yahoo dot com

Anna said... Best Blogger Tips

oh my gosh. you are so very talented!! i see project runway in your future... ; ).

congrats on your win! you rock, lady!
xo-

Ann said... Best Blogger Tips

Every time I lack motivation to sew, I visit your page, I find it so inspiring. This dress is no different, so pretty!

Eleree said... Best Blogger Tips

I adore it! The pencil skirt is so chic.. and that mustard color! Yum!

Here's my link... http://abannerofcrimson.blogspot.com/2009/12/8-o-clock-frock-grosgrain-giveaway.html

Emma

Luna W said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a great dress :)

Luna W said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked through twitter (my "site")

http://twitter.com/aerolantern/status/6615856950

Flickettysplits said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations on winning the competition, I was so happy to vote for you! This is the first time I've entered one of your giveaways - I'm around size 8 and look longingly at your other creations, so am very pleased this dress has a chance of fitting me. I adore the colour.

Mary Ella said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress! I created a link on my blog :)

Mary Vezzetti said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the color of this dress! Very sophisticated. :)

Everly Pleasant said... Best Blogger Tips

That dress is adorable! Consider this an entry, along with the link from my blog: everlypleasant.blogspot.com

Everly

Christa said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm not sure if I have to leave two comments to get the two entries...so this is my second comment (I think) saying I put the giveaway on my blog AND I'm leaving you a comment to make it easier on you! Thanks.
p.s. I'm obsessed with mustard this season, this dress is gorgeous!

Mary Ella said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked on my blog, I love this dress!

Becci said... Best Blogger Tips

Its a gorgeous dress!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

Please enter me!!!! And here's my link…

http://amyandjulia.blogspot.com/2009/12/8-oclock-frock-grosgrain-giveaway.html

Thanks!

Rebecca said... Best Blogger Tips

Very pretty! I added a link on my blog: rebecca-livinginthepast.blospot.com

Rebecca said... Best Blogger Tips

I also posted it here: livinginthepast.tumblr.com

i'm beccy. said... Best Blogger Tips

I just got my first sewing machine of my own and started hopping around on sewing blogs. I LOVE your site. Thank you for sharing with all of us!

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

Love, love, love the cowl neckline. http://melissaburford.typepad.com/burford_designs/2009/12/the-8-oclock-frock-grosgrain-giveaway.htm

Marin said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked. http://amttgive.blogspot.com/

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is lovely! You did such a wonderful job! It's something every girl should have in their wardrobe.
Here is my blog www.xanga.com/LilSweetPea_3

~Stephanie

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

t's really a good dress
you will have to do more
frikadel@free.fr

Lisa Marie said... Best Blogger Tips

I just found your site from someone who posted a link to the giveaway. this dress is lovely!!

yosnacks said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my gosh how did you make that dress in one hour and forty-five minutes?! It is so lovely!!

Rebecca said... Best Blogger Tips

You have inspired me to dust off my sewing machine! Great looking dress!

Susan said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes I want this, please! Here's my link: http://knitters-delight.blogspot.com/2009/12/grosgrain-giveaway.html

Amanda Flynn said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing dress! I absolutely love it! :)

jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

Very pretty!

ashley elizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips

i absolutely love this dress! especially the belt - what great accessorizing!

Kate said... Best Blogger Tips

i just stumbled on your site. you are fabulous! i wish i could make dresses like this. keep up the good work!

Alex said... Best Blogger Tips

I heart anything yellow.

Thanks for awesome giveaway

Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

you've done it again! I love it!

Sew Wilde said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute dress! Love the belt.

Julie

Carissa Rasmussen said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the mustard yellow! and the silhouette is beautiful!

Madhvi said... Best Blogger Tips

This is my favorite color right now and I love the fitting of this dress, very elegant.

annie2006 said... Best Blogger Tips

love it. the colour is just fab :)

janil said... Best Blogger Tips

So elegant!

MB said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute!

http://minimomentsoflife.blogspot.com/2009/12/8-o-clock-frock-grosgrain-giveaway.html

Melissa B.

mbabecka@gmail.com

Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow... I look jaundiced in that colour, and I wouldn't fit in the dress anyway... but I'm commenting just for that belt. Oooh, is it lovely!

I also love the dress. The cut is fabulous and I love the neck and sleeves!

Cheilita said... Best Blogger Tips

can we please get together and make this dress in my size??? Oh i adore it. miss you!
c

Country Girl said... Best Blogger Tips

That dress is fabulous and I adore the style and mustard colour! I would be thrilled to be entered in the giveaway. =) Lovely website!

sommerkind said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the colour. and the sleeves.
Cool!

Peter said... Best Blogger Tips

this is a lovely dress:-)
i link at rinosyr.wordpress.com (to the right under "tävlingar" (giveaways)

DiSailsToo said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress - and just my size!

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

love the dress, color and that it's my size. yay...
I am posting here and linking to my blog.

SVaRaDa said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the dress, it´s amazing! I´ve posted the giveaway here: http://www.juegosyregalos.com/foros/Vestido-t125146.html

Lots of love

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful dress. I like the cowl! I'd love to hear more about your process - how do you make the patterns? Do you start with a pattern and modify it, or do you completely make up the patterns from scratch? However you do it, you're fast!

lluria said... Best Blogger Tips

I like it, and the colour is perfect!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Ilike it. Its very original!

jakiesmom said... Best Blogger Tips

very pretty dress and your right, the belt makes it POW!

rosa said... Best Blogger Tips

what a beautuful dress!!

mari said... Best Blogger Tips

I am charmed with it(him,her,you)!!
I hope that he(she) is I lucky, I am charmed with quite what it(he,she) has to see with the makeup or the fashionable complements or the mode in yes
Thank you for these drawings

Betsy said... Best Blogger Tips

I was so happy when my sister showed me your blog. I love it! And I LOVE this 8 O'Clock Frock, and it is just my size! Please enter my name in the give-away! Thank you!

vero77 said... Best Blogger Tips

I want it for christmas!!

The Sewing Dork said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful design; it's got that 1950's simplicity in an up to date color.

Allyson said... Best Blogger Tips

Love love love this! The sleeves are fantastic and I love pencil skirts they are especially flattering when you are short!

Here is my link:

http://themotleymongoose.blogspot.com/2009/12/8-o-clock-frock-grosgrain-giveaway.html

Rebecca said... Best Blogger Tips

I really love the shape and color of the dress.

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

This would fit me perfectly. It's a great cut and color for a schnazzy winter dress!

Luna W said... Best Blogger Tips

What in invigorating dress. please enter me!

Luna W said... Best Blogger Tips

Linked on my blog!

http://aerolantern.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/one-of-a-kind-…sgrainfabulous/

Mellissa said... Best Blogger Tips

To cute!

Gill - That British Woman said... Best Blogger Tips

what a lovely looking dress and looks relatively easy to make......

Lindsay said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the color! And the belt!

♥Lola said... Best Blogger Tips

I just love this dress! The design is great and the color is incredible!!!

♥Lola said... Best Blogger Tips

I blogged about your wonderful giveaway too!!!

http://sweetnightingalesing.blogspot.com/2009/12/eight-oclock-frock-giveaway.html

bethany said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the color.

Rachael said... Best Blogger Tips

I just LOVE this color, I'm about to start knitting a pair of slippers in it, I think it may be taking over my obsession for all things green!

sarahesther03 said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the dress! The color is amazing

Chase & Rachael Skidmore said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the dress I have been searching for. The color pallet you have chosen is quite flattering on your model. I posted a link:

chaseandrachael.blogspot.com.

Gorgeous.

LOVE.

Carol said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a gorgeous colour.

 
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