FINISHED! CBR Frocktails Flutter Dress

Photo taken by Michelle, CBR Frocktails at Hotel Hotel
Last night we celebrated at Canberra Frocktails, an event that saw some glamorous sewers from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne join the CBR sewing crew for a night of fabric stroking, chatting and never ending (dangerously never ending) glasses of champagne.  Was lovely to get together with friends, meet some new sewists and finally meet in person those who feel like old friends.  For my frock I chose the relatively new dress from Papercut Patterns the Flutter Tunic.  
The fabric suggestion is light to medium weight but I chose a textured heavy weight fabric that was labelled silk (but silly didn't write the name down), bought at Tessuti in Melbourne last year with Nici when I was down for the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition. The underside is just a teensy bit scratchy so I underlined the bodice with a voile, which also meant that I didn't need to bind the neckline.
The fabric presses reasonably well, but I handstitched all the seams down to ensure there was no flapping about. I wish that I was the kind of person who does hong kong finishes because that would have looked lovely, but I'm not so the seams are all overlocked.  The sleeves and hem are simply turned over and hand stitched.
I made up the smallest size with no alterations.  I sort of wish that I had made mine a little shorter ...Lizzy also made a fabulous Flutter tunic - she is two inches taller than me so hers is a perfect length.
I really like this dress in the thicker fabric and how it makes it a bit more structured. I think it would look amazing in denim! I loved wearing it last night for such a fun fun night. Look out for others posting their amazing makes. Jillian has already posted her fabulous CBR Frocktails dress.

47 comments:

  1. This dress was one of my favourites last night (and I had so many favourites!). You definitely rocked the thick silk floral, Kirst, and looked absolutely beautiful as always.

    Here's to many more CBR Frocktails to come! So wonderful meeting people I had only ever admired from across the internet. To meet them was the icing on the cake.

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  2. This is just PERFECTION.

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  3. Gorgeous & stylish as always! Hmmmmm denim.... tempting....

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  4. You look fabulous, sounds like a great night! I love that you often give the fabric recommendations then go right on to say how you ignored them & used a totally different fabric, and it always seems to work!

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  5. Oh man... both you and Jillian killed it! Your fabric choice was impeccable - I'm glad you took a risk on the thicker fabric. That v-back is a stunner.

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  6. Your thicker fabric choice makes the flutter sleeves a gorgeous feature. What a fabulous night it was. Thanks to you, the committee and the CBR crew for being so hospitable.

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  7. Gorgeous! Glad you had a super time. I also wish I was the kind of girl who Hong Konged, but must be happy with Frenching....

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  8. So lovely! when this pattern came out I was unsure about the sleeves for me, I'm usually not a flutter sleeve girl, though I like them on others. But in this structured fabric I like the stiffer bell shape of the sleeves! Really nice!

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  9. Thanks so much Christine! I had the same reservations as I'm not usually one for these type of sleeves... but the dropped sleeve started to turn me and then when I decided to use much more structured fabric I thought that it could really work.

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  10. KB, this is so stunning on you! I love the structured lines the silk gives it and makes the sleeves more exaggerated and fabulous :D And how rad are we all for last night? So proud of our CBR Frocktails team! Note to self for 2016: less champy... O_o

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  11. Wait, that's not culottes! A good thing too, 'cause that fabric is perfect made up in this pattern! Wish I could have been there in person for a proper look-see!

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  12. The gorgeous fabric is perfect for the pattern. A winning combination. It was such a fab weekend. Here's hoping it's a regular event! Wink wink 😉😉

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  13. So beautiful! Perfect fabric for that style and it looks so good with tights and booties.

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  14. SeamsOddLouise.Blogspot.comJune 29, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Frocktails sound s great. This dress is beautiful, loving those sleeves. You look totally fabulous in this.

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  15. So perfect! I love this shape on you ...another gorgeous make!

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  16. It's beautiful, such a gorgeous fabric and it looks amazing paired with that pattern.

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  17. All you canberra frocktails attendees were so stylish! I wish I could've been there. Such a beautiful dress and gorgeous fabric.

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  18. Beautiful fabric, fabulous dress, great evening.

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  19. I really like how this pattern looks in the heavier fabric you used. I feel like the print x texture are spot on. I hadn't really given this pattern a chance at first but it looks seriously great on you. Oh and in denim it would be amazing! Especially if you could get the hems looking a tiny bit worn and jeans-y. Ooh ideas!

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  20. Beautiful! It's so fun seeing the wonderful dresses you all made.

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  21. Wow! Great dress! And those mega-sleeves! I adore them! I agree with you about the length, but only because you mentioned it!

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  22. Fabric EpiphaniesJune 30, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    I really like the length and the fabric is gorgeous! You look lovely!

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  23. Oh you glamorous, glamorous woman! I adore this dress. I really think the fabric is a perfect partner for the pattern and those sleeves are to die for. Was soooooo very lovely to see you again and thanks for the mention xxxxx

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  24. Perfect! Perfect dress for a Frocktail night out! I wish I could teleport to share it with you! I am not surprised that the fabric you used reminds me of Liberty prints :)

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  25. If you teleported there would be an extra special frocktails just for you!

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  26. Thanks sweets! Such a great weekend - oh except for the hangover!

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  27. You and I both like to show the pins so I'm not surprised that you agree with me on the legs!

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  28. Thank you! I agree, it's great to see them now start to pop up over the web.

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  29. I agree - the hems need to be jeansy!!!!

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  30. And your velvet dress was an absolute knockout!

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  31. Thanks Margo! I'm not usually into big sleeves, preferring to have slimmer ones, but this was hard to resist.

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  32. Thanks Debbie! They were actually fishnet stockings as I ran out of all other options so they looked better close up.

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  33. I think it will definitely be an annual event. It was just too much fun!

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  34. Oh I know! I'm sorry - I was all about culottes when I got that fabric wasn't I but it just would have been too hard to sew up. Maybe another time?

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  35. We are so rad Amanda! You particularly. It was such a wonderful night. Yes, note to self indeed!

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  36. So great that you could come Maria. An event is always better with you there!

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  37. Thanks Morgan. I can see you wearing these sleeves.. but in a linen!

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  38. Thanks Kathryn! Yes, I'm not good with those particular instructions am I!

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  39. If I had some denim in my stash I would make one up this weekend!

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  40. It was a wonderful night, in no small part to you! We all looked fabulous. Can't wait til next year now!

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  41. loverly! i like the sleeves especially!

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