Simple dress for work

Well, I got my sewing machine set up recently and this weekend, got some sewing done!!

I made a pretty basic dress style from a nice, moderately heavy weight of soft poly blend from JoAnn's 50% off clearance, so I think it was about $2/yard.  It's sort of a wintery color, so I probably won't wear this dress too many more times this year since I'm starting to get excited for spring...

I used a Simplicity Project Runway Pattern, Simplicity 2473.
I opted for the simplest style, without the overlapping collar or cap sleeves.  I thought it would be more versatile that way, to be worn under (or over?) things.  But now that it's done it looks pretty darn plain...
Of course I can add a belt...
Wide or narrow!  And I could wear a black blazer over it to make it a little more suiting-like.  Or just a cardigan... what do you think?  All I can really think to wear with it is black, but I'd like to have an option that was less stuffy.  Anything artistic I could do with it?

Of course I don't have to go to work today (yay holiday) but I hope to wear the dress this week!

28 comments

  1. I love grey with burgandy, or light blue. :)

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  2. I'm picturing this long black and gray striped cardigan I have and that wide black belt cinching it.
    Or a nice purple. Go all gemstone on it.

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  3. Teal or peacock blue would be smashing with it, as would goldenrod or a lovely green, (not to foresty though or you'll end up looking like a Christmas decoration.) I think the teal or peacock would be my first choice though. The dress in it's simplicity has so many options for accessorizing, scarves, belts, multi-strand necklaces. Even just color punches with bangles, a purse and the right shoes. I think it's fab and a total winner!

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  4. You should pair it with a powder rose cardigan, and some pearl earrings. That's really romantic. Or go a bit more stylish and pair it with really dark olive green. But black is probably the safest bet...
    I love this design! I wonder if the pattern is sold here. Off to check that out!

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  5. Narrow belt with a blazer, some fun heels and purse to match! What a fun little office outfit! Def brighten your day at work.

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  6. Very nice! I would drape a vibrant scarf (like a pashmina) and then belt the whole thing up. Like this: http://lookbook.nu/look/1375057-Dream-project or this: http://lookbook.nu/look/36119-dramamine.

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  7. Looks great! What about a butter yellow cardigan to spring it up a bit?

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  8. It looks great!!! What about a patterned cardigan or scarf? On the banana republic website, I recently saw (but can't find it anymore) simple sheath dresses matched with big wide floral scarves, all under a skinny belt. So cute.

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  9. Pretty! I think grey, navy blue, or rose would all look nice. And pearls for sure!

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  11. Such a lovely dress!! I can't wait 'till I can sew like you!

    I would take a large belt and pair it with some yellow, like Jill said. If you have any, perhaps a large yellow belt? But some 'funky', sunny yellow, to lighten it up. Or a pale pink (old pink and stuff) to make it a less flashy like the yellow, but still have the contrast of something dark and something lighter. Let the sunshine in!

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  12. I love your dress. Remember that you need plain pieces in your closet. You'll find yourself wearing this plain dress over and over again. The belt is only the beginning. I see it with frilly blouses. Romantic, yes.

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  13. Fantastic fit and lovely colour. I prefer the narrow belt and this would look well with a blazer. If wearing the wider belt, a cardigan would work. Is the hem pulling a bit, or does it just need steaming down?

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  14. super hot with the narrow belt!

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  15. I think mustard yellow would look awesome! looks great :)
    Cardigans and Cookie Dough

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  16. That looks fantastic! I'd say gray or navy blue would look great with it also - cardigans, jackets, jewelry.

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  17. I love burgundy with pale pink- maybe a scarf?

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  18. It's a lovely dress. Wear it with a patterned cardigan or jacket or something mustard in colour?

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  19. OOO!!! I love it!! What a great job! I wish I could sew stuff like that!...

    A black cardigan might go well with it...

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  21. nice job!! love it!! looks great on you!! thin belt is more conservative. chunky wide belt gives it a nice edge-y look. both are fantastic!! love love love your blog!

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  22. OMG, thanks so much, everyone! It is so fun and inspiring to read your suggestions--I am way more excited to wear this dress to work tomorrow!!!
    I love reading the color combinations you've suggested... grey, of course, but also pale pink, navy, olive green, yellow!?
    And I hadn't thought about a big scarf draped over it, but that would look very cool. Or a sheer puff-sleeved blouse under it! I think I have one that will work!

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  23. Such a versatile dress, so many options! My immediate reaction would be to wear it over a long sleeved stripey top and maybe a scarf. It would also look nice over a white puffed sleeve blouse. Mustard yellow or turquoise accessories would work well (eg. necklace, scarf, thin belt).

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  24. This is gorgeous! You are so good at getting things to fit just so. And I like ti plain - I think it is incredibly elegant.

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  25. Most definitely a mustard yellow cardigan with a cute flower or something pinned to it!

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  26. Pretty! I think grey, navy blue, or rose would all look nice. And pearls for sure!

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