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What i Made: Vera Aveline

Vera-Aveline2Hot, sticky and sweaty – those days when you want to go commando on top and bottom are coming (I’m assuming you live on my side of the equator). Heat waves where I live, Philly, are brutal. A steam bath is the term thrown around when it gets into triple digits and the term is on point. This dress, Vera Aveline, is for those days. True, it can be worn in other instances, but it is for this climate that it was born.

The easiest dress you’ll ever make – it’s literally two boxes sewn together, shirred and attached to straps – Vera Aveline is not for every silhouette. I know. It’s very bohemian and Free People, and when I first put it on, I thought, “This is a frumpy sac!” But with the right outfitting, it works and is cool (pun intended).

I will spare the construction details because later this week, I will post a complete tutorial on how to make Vera Aveline, from start to finish. I’ll also offer a printable PDF to go along with it. Fancy, aren’t I?

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I can’t end without a shout out to The Loom, a local warehouse made up of lofts, artist studios and office space for small businesses. I shot these photos just before I rented my new space, Madalynne Studios, but if you live in the area and looking for a place for your creative endeavors, check them out!


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    Great photos! I especially love the side gather detail on this one.

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    Looks amazing! Love the back detail.

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    Kate McIvor

    It will be so comfy this summer!

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    needle and ted

    So soft, light and feminine. Beautiful! Not sure the heavy boots compliment the dress. I imagine bare foot in the meadow, collecting daisies.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      No to the boots? I love them with this dress!

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    Karin - the-f-girl.com

    Absolutely beautiful. Not sack like at all. I think it looks feminine and soft and.. well.. pretty. Nice! I look forward to the tutorial and will definitely try it out!

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    This dress is so you, Maddie, especially in that print! And I’m SUPER jealous of your studio space! 🙂

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    daughter fish

    Love this! Very prettyictures, too:)

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      Daughter Fish

      Pictures! 🙂

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    Oh, it looks gorgeous and perfect for hot and humid days. Love the back and the heavy boots! I look forward to details!

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    Can we see a front view? 🙂

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I didn’t even realize that there were no photos of the front! I just updated the post!

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    I’ve heard tell of Philly’s crushing summer heat, and your dress looks like just the thing to greet it with! Very ephemeral and lovely, and it’s cool how much dress you got out of simple shapes.

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    I love this! Very beautiful, both the dress and you. I am looking forward to your tutorial, so that I may make several of them for all summer long!

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    Natasha Estrada

    Love the print.

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    Pauline alice

    Love the look! It’s so you, stylish yet free-spirited. Looks amazing, congrats!

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    Amanda Russell

    Gorgeous!! It’s a perfect dress and perfect silhouette for you! 🙂 Alas, you are right – the same dress on me would be disastrous – I live vicariously through you, though, wearing all the silhouettes i can only admire from afar ^__^ Love this so much!! 🙂

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    Beth – Sew DIY

    It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to try it out myself. 🙂

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