I realized after publishing my last video on my Greece Travel Wardrobe on YouTube that I totally forgot to publish this post! This is my White Self Drafted Slip Dress with a Bow closure in the back in a beautifully silky Cupro. I wanted a lovely white dress for our family photoshoot during our vacation in Greece and whipped this dress up. I will say- this worked just fine for the photoshoot but I just shouldn’t make things last minute without making a muslin! The lining I made was partial due to limited fabric and I somehow forgot to hem this dress before leaving. I am now thinking about remaking this dress and fixing all the flaws but luckily this still photographed beautifully.
Images are courtesy of Burton Photography – Jonathon and Bonnie took the most amazing images of our family!
Here’s the inspiration for this dress- this white ruffled dress from Anthropologie:
Peixoto Parker Tie Midi Dress
The inspiration dress is actually still available in L and XL if you like the look of it and/or want to see more images. Just click on the images to check it out.
So here’s what I did to draft up this dress. I used my sloper and created a high V in the front and lower v in the back. I then cut the sides to attach at my natural waist and created ties that attach at the front bust that are cut on the selvedge and finished the top edges. So basically long rectangular pieces with the selvedge edges left raw. My biggest mistake was only partially lining this dress. It ends at the waist and added too much bulk and showed through. Next time I’ll self line or use a nude fabric to line the dress fully. I cut my fabric on the bias and then kept the hem at a midi length. I didn’t get any views of the back in our photos so here’s a look at it on the hanger from the back. The facings have since been trimmed. But you can see the back ties here. It’s open at the sides just like in the inspiration photo. I’m going to remake this pattern so I’m sure you’ll see this again on the blog. I may try the cupro in another color.
ALL THE DETAILS:
Plus they have so many other beautiful colors in this lineup!
This cupro blend is a textile-lover’s dream. Similar in hand and feel to sandwashed silk, it has an ethereal floatiness and elegant drape. With a soft, sueded texture and slight sheen, it’s an absolute joy to handle and wear. Produced from regenerated cellulose fibre from cotton waste, cupro is breathable and regulates temperature like classic cotton. Use it for any lightweight garment, from floaty dresses, blouses, wide-legged pants and lingerie. Fully opaque, no lining is needed for this fabric, although you may want to use a lining for ivory depending on the garment.
WIDTH 53in / 134.62 cm
WEIGHT 110 gsm / 3.2 oz/yd²
FIBRE 60% Cupro, 40% Rayon
PANTONE COLOUR 11-4800 TCX
TRANSPARENCY Almost Opaque
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN China
I’m not a ruffle girl, and while I wanted a white dress I didn’t want it to veer toward wedding like since the Cupro is so silky and formal. I actually wore teal for my beach wedding (almost 17 years ago) so this was my chance to wear white. I will say this got wrinkled a bit during travel and while it was steamed it was’t hanging quite right. After laundering when I returned home- and hemming it with a baby hem- it is perfectly fine. So it must have warped with the steam. I love how this looks in the images- especially since my sister and I both wore white so it made for a lovely palette.
Love this sibling image! This is my brother Adrian and my sis Megan (who arranged this fabulous vacation!)
Of course the next dress I made right before we left -My Havana Stripe Dress- was the real winner of this trip. If you haven’t already check out that post to see some gorgeous images from our photographers shot outside Lindos. My striped knit Havana dress was definitely my fav make for Greece. I thought it read a bit casual though for this family photoshoot though so stuck to this one.
Here’s some other pics from our photoshoot. I love all the fab pics I got of the kids! Can’t wait for our next family vacation! Italy 2024- Villa on the Amalfi Coast is already booked!
We had such a beautiful trip. To see more of what I wore you can check out my Greece Video on YouTube (link below or check out these posts on my blog: 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5 )
Back soon with a bunch of new makes. Happy Sewing!
2 responses to “Greece Vacation Wardrobe- White Cupro Slip Dress”
What a beautiful dress and fabric!
Love the pics, and one I didn’t remember of us 4 women
So happy we have more trips planned. Time to get sewing!
Thanks Mom! I just love these pics! I am going to remake this dress and I found the most beautiful Sea Green Silk to make it in!