Gretel Braids + Ikat Dress

August 6, 2012

You talked me into it. I need a lot of hairspray, but this braiding thing is kind of fun! If I’m completely honest though, next time I leave the house in this dress it will be paired with Chacos and a messy pony. That’s just who I am.

I started this dress when I was still in Utah and had to set it aside when we started packing. I fully intended to rip out that waistband and cut a new one once I was settled. It’s not centered and there’s more black on one side than the other. I had already hand-sewed the waistband facing in and installed the zipper. I decided it wasn’t worth it and pressed on. From the photos I don’t think you can really tell. And if you can, you would probably be too polite to say anything to my face. There’s nothing too exciting inside. Just some serging and an excessive amount of edgestitching. My usual.

Fabric: B&J ikat. It’s an epidemic

Pattern: Simplicity 2497 by Cynthia Rowley

Mods: Size 8 top, size 10 waistband. Because I had a limited amount of fabric (maybe 1.5 yards? I don’t remember), I cut two rectangles with what I had for the skirt. I think the proportions would look better if it was longer. In fact, the maxi dress version would be super cute. I think I also raised the neckline a bit.

Whew! It feels good to finish one of my WIP’s.


  • Cirque Du Bebe

    You seriously blow me away every time. Love the dress, love the fabric, love the photos and the new blog design. Everything ties in together so well.

  • Lizz

    I’ve been hiding from the Internet for the past month but I had to come out to tell you how perfect this outfit is! I *LOVE* this dress and the hair looks great on you.

  • Jen

    I almost didn’t recognize you in my reader with the braids…they look so cute! The dress is awesome as well, super cute shoot!

  • Cynthia

    The dress is fantastic! I’m also quite envious of your braids! It’s my favorite hairstyle and my hair is still about 2 inches too short… Someday. You look great, and I’m sure this will pair perfectly with your Chacos as well

  • sallie

    Incredible! The whole look is perfect! It will also look perfect with a messy pony and chacos too – a sign of a good dress!

  • Emily

    What a good idea to do the braids after all because they suit you. The dress is great and if you hadn’t pointed out the waistband idiosyncrasies no one would have noticed. I still can’t see BTW.

    Good to see you’re settled into your new digs ….

  • Ginger

    How damn cute are you?! I can’t take it! Love the hair, LOVE the dress! Perfect!

  • Amy

    Awww, very very pretty! I love how braids show off all the variegated hair color ;). Oh and it takes a lot of hairspray to get that braided crown (I’ve tried like 15 times!). You inspire me with ikat – I have some with a bold weave and cannot figure out what to make but it might be those shorts!

    • stephanie

      Ikat shorts are still on my list of things I want to make this year. I think they’re darling and I could wear them all fall with sweaters. I’m excited to see your print!

  • Lavender

    You are always so pretty and stylish! The hair is great!! I like the length as-is, but I kind of have an aversion to maxis. PS- do you love your Chacos? With all my recent hiking, I keep seeing peeps on the trail in them, leaving me feeling totally old school in my Vasque Sundowners (from when they were still made in Italy). Are they the new Teva? Better than Tevas ever were?

    • stephanie

      Hey thanks! Ha ha! I’m still pretty crazy about maxis. I don’t have to shave my legs plus a strategically placed belt makes my legs look longer.

      Um, YES. I love my Chacos. BUT I was walking around the other night and overheard some guys saying that Chacos were out and it was all about the underdog Teva. WTF?!?! You should try a pair. I don’t know why I think they’re a dressed up flip-flop (??), but they go with everything I own. Huge hippie over here.

  • liza jane

    Gah! I love it. I’ve always liked that Cynthia Rowley pattern. I have it and I come back to over and over again, but I’ve yet to make it. And I wear my Chacos everywhere in the summer. They won’t let me wear them to work, though. Something about a “dress code”… lol!

  • Melissa

    So so cute! And in ikat! Very glad to see you’re back!

  • Neus

    Wowww I really like your dress, the Ikat fabric is great too.
    You look beautiful!

  • Houseofpinheiro

    Gorgeous.. I’m going to NY so I have to stop at B&j… I’m meeting other bloggers so if you want to join us, let me know…

    • stephanie

      Omg, I wish. I’ve been following your NYC adventure on Instagram. It looks like you guys are having a blast. I would have to bring empty suitcases to fill with yarn and fabric.

  • Lorelai

    Just discovered your blog and I adore this dress!

    xoxo Lorelai
    Seams Unbiased

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