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The SuBtle dress and other things

2011 July 6
by elizabeth_admin

Yes, I finished my SuBtle dress and I just adore it.  This dress fits like a glove.  I don’t think I could get a better fit in the back.  Seriously.  This dress follows every curve.  The front darts are in their proper places now that I lowered the bust and fisheye darts by 1/2 inch to 7/8 inch respectively.  Here are some details of the interior construction.

bias bound neckline (I pressed it after taking the picture of course)

deep hand stitched hem and seam allowances hand stitched to underlining


an "invisible" invisible zipper


Even though this dress is really fitted, it’s still incredibly comfortable to wear, if a bit wrinkly.  I have been wearing it for four hours already and still love it.  Nothing is bothering me at all.  The tiny flashes of teal blue just tickle me.  I think I may have to have at least 3 eyelet outfits in my rotation. 

In other sewing news, Carolyn opened my eyes about a new on-line notions store, Newark Dressmaker Supply, when I mentioned to her I was running out of packets of bias tape and needed to stock up.  She said I should just buy a roll of 100 yds of bias tape.  And I said what?????  Rolls of bias tape?  Sign me up!  I just received my 4-100 yd rolls of double fold bias tape in the most common colors: black, navy, natural, and white.


I think I’m stocked up for the next 20 years, don’t you think?

Also, I have been avidly following the discussion on women in their 40’s and older becoming invisible to the public at large over at Not Dead Yet Style.  I have definitely been feeling invisible to the opposite sex the last two years.  At first I attributed it to not being in shape and never losing the baby weight, but now I wonder if it’s because I just look older and am no longer a “desirable person”, plain and simple.  Food for thought.  What do you think?  Do you feel invisible?

36 Responses leave one →
  1. July 6, 2011

    Whoa is that a lot of bias tape! *LOL* I think I bought 50 yard rolls and still have a lot left after 10 years…so sorry I think that’s going to last you at least 15-20!!!

    The dress is perfection! Simply perfection! And you look G-O-O-D!!!

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      July 6, 2011

      They didn’t have the 50 yd rolls! If they did, I would have bought those. When you run out of your bias tape stash, you know where to go to get some. From me!

  2. July 6, 2011

    Elizabeth you look amazing in your new dress! (Looks like you’ve lost a few lbs in your side-view pic 🙂 – whether this is the case on the scales, or the style of the dress who knows – either way you look fab).

    P.S. Can I just say eyelet is my fav fabric ever *nods to self*, and I agree you MUST make more things from it.

  3. July 6, 2011

    The fit is spot on and you are glowing in your pics! What a fab dress!

  4. July 6, 2011

    Elizabeth, you look AMAZING and terribly sexy in your dress! Great fit and fantastic shape! Love it.

    As for “being invisible after a certain age”…. it’s total crap. Don’t buy into the hype. Seriously.

  5. July 6, 2011

    Dress is super cute! I think this style looks really great on you.

    As for being invisible, well, I don’t think age has much to do with it. Not really anywhere close to “certain age” yet (though my knees tend to think we are there already), but I am pretty darned invisible too. Besides, with a dress like that… you sure aren’t invisible.

  6. July 6, 2011

    Your dress looks amazing, fit is perfect. Nice stack of bias tape, too.

  7. SusieR permalink
    July 6, 2011

    That dress ROCKS. And you look TOTALLY HOT in it.

    I promise: you are NOT invisible in that dress. SOOOO NOT!

    Get on the dance floor in that outfit and shake that thing… they’ll notice!

  8. July 6, 2011

    Beautiful dress; I love the blue lining peeking through! I don’t feel invisible (yet), and I certainly can’t believe you are – you’re so pretty! Maybe it’s living in NYC (where I suppose there are a lot of well-dressed gorgeous women around)? Here, wear a skirt and a smile and you’re sure of positive attention!

  9. July 6, 2011

    It’s been said already but I’ll say it again – you are NOT invisible in that dress! You look gorgeous and the dress is beautiful.

  10. July 6, 2011

    Cute dress! The fit is perfect and very flattering. I like the shape a whole lot better than the shift dresses. I have a question about the bias tape. How is the quality? What does it feel like? Does it feel better than the Dritz crud sold at Joann’s? I guess that was 3 questions. 🙂

  11. Tania permalink
    July 6, 2011

    Wow – totally knockout dress! You look amazing 🙂

  12. July 6, 2011

    You look amazing!! Fabulous dress, and you do look like you’ve lost a pound or two. Nice! I cannot imagine you being invisible.

  13. July 6, 2011

    You look amazing in that dress!! Definitely not invisible….. It’s so well done also – your skills rock!

  14. July 6, 2011

    Fantastic dress! I love anything with holes in it, as you know, but this is particularly beautiful.

    As for feeling invisible after 40, I have absolutely experienced this, but I can’t seem to see the downside. For years, it was like I was walking around with a big sign on my forehead announcing to anyone at all who wanted to hit on me to just go right ahead and invade my personal space. Wearing glasses and no makeup helped a bit, but not entirely. Even a wedding ring and a baby did not help. Then right around the time I turned 40, it suddenly stopped. It was like I was free. I can wear contact lenses! Makeup! Any clothes I want! It is wonderful.

  15. July 6, 2011

    Your dress is so beautiful! The lining is well thoughtout.

  16. July 6, 2011

    Your dress looks great! The fit seems perfect 🙂 Invisible woman…hmm. I think it has alot to do with attitude. Lately, I haven’t been taking care of myself and it shows in several ways. Interesting topic.

  17. Kay permalink
    July 6, 2011

    invisible?? I’d rather think I’m invincible!!

  18. Kay permalink
    July 6, 2011

    Btw, that dress is GORGEOUS!!

  19. July 6, 2011

    I love this look – especially the hint of blue peaking through. You’ve got the shape exactly right for your sheath.

  20. July 6, 2011

    Gorgeous, I can see why you love it. You look great wearing the dress and if anyone thinks you’re invisible they need their eyes checked!

  21. July 6, 2011

    Wow, that is an AMAZING fit. Yum! If you’re feeling invisible, then it’s only because the opposite sex is BLIND!

  22. July 6, 2011

    Very cute, I love the eyelet!

  23. July 7, 2011

    It looks fantastic! You’ve certainly got the fit spot on now.

  24. July 7, 2011

    It was worth the wait and all the fussing with the fit!

  25. LindaNan permalink
    July 7, 2011

    You knocked that dress out of the ball park!! It is super flattering on you.

    Invisible women. That is a whole ‘nother discussion – one I would love to have with a group of women in person, but not in an internet forum.

  26. July 7, 2011

    First off, you look incredibly hot (yes, i used that word as it’s appropriate here!) in that dress and definitely anything but invisible! The fit is just perfect. Now for the part you’re not going to like. Invisibility has little to do with age and everything to do with attitude. If you’re feeling good about yourself, it shines through and attracts everyone you meet. Try it sometime as an experiment – walk down the street with your earphones on listening to a song that makes you feel powerful and desirable (maybe even thinking about something a little risqué or naughty) and just see how men of all ages look up from whatever they are thinking about and notice you. You’re a gorgeous girl, but you need to believe it and stop telling yourself negative things. *steps off soapbox*

  27. July 7, 2011

    Gorgeous! It fits you like a glove. Great job.

    I love the teal lining & never would have thought to use it. I might “borrow” this idea.

  28. July 7, 2011

    That dress ROCKS!!! and it looks fabulous on you. Ummm I would jump on the bias tape bang wagon if I didn’t have a bias tape maker. I recently purchased a bias tape foot for my sewing
    machine… now if only I could find time to try it out.

    A male coworker and I were talking about that a few weeks ago. He stated that its not that women (“older chics”) are invisibile… they exude super confidence “now-a-days” and have that “don’t step to me if you ain’t go it” attitude…. and therefore they become unapproachable. Matter of fact, he stated if he didn’t know me and didn’t know I was hitched…lol … He would think twice may three times before he approached me, matter of fact after several seconds, said he would likely keep it moving. He continued on to say I have that I am SHE hear me ROAR!!! attitude…. lol

  29. July 7, 2011

    I purchase from this notion company also, it is absolutely wonderful to order this in bulk. You never run out when you need it 🙂

    Your dress looks lovely! Absolutely lovely! You have done a marvelous job 🙂


  30. July 7, 2011

    Love the dress! It is very chic and office appropriate but the pretty blue flashes make it also look fun and fashionable. You look amazing in it – very sleek and slim. I am impressed with your stock of bias tape!!

  31. July 7, 2011

    My dear, THIS is what I call an efficient little blacj dress. Ohhhh mmmmyyyy head turner. As of the invisible, at 44, I certainly do not feel invisible. Elisabeth, I am sending you a message on facebook. By all means, YOU are certainly not invisible, I am certain of that.

  32. July 8, 2011

    Fantastic dress, inside and out! You look AMAZING in it, too! I can tell already this is going to be one Lucky Dress for you!!

  33. Sara permalink
    July 9, 2011

    My oh my that dress with that bra — za ZOOM! You look awesome.

  34. August 4, 2011

    You did an amazing job on that dress and, as to being invisible, I think it’s a NYC thing. It’s not you. There are so many ‘beautiful’ and young people here that gawkers can be overly choosy. I was in the midwest and got gawked at there in spades. I dressed there as I do here and apparently it was considered more sexy there compared to the women I saw around me who definitely rocked a more conservative look. Here, nothing. (I’m 45 and live in midtown Manhattan FWIW).

    And now a sort of personal question – I’m wondering who cuts your hair? I have similar hair to you from what I can tell – not truly curly but not at all straight and tending to frizz. I wear it curly-ish. I’ve done Devachan with mixed results but am actively looking for someone who can cut my hair type well. If you could share your thoughts and/or hairdresser, I’d appreciate the help. Thanks!

    Congrats on the dress and I’m glad it’s turning out lucky for you.

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      August 4, 2011

      Oh I love my hairstylist. It’s Alan Tosler of Tosler Davis on 5th Ave and 16th St. He doesn’t specialize in curly hair, but I love every cut he’s ever given me. Love him!

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