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B5235 Misses Petite Dress

Added Nov 30, 2011

by adriprints

Munich, Germany






Basic shell dress with darts on main front and two pieces for back.
Neckline, waist, and armholes needed adjustments which I found out after sewing the whole thing plus the lining. ack.

It’s available for download and the pattern also has a jacket… maybe I’ll make that next. But, I’ll do a muslin first. Maybe a wearable muslin?

Things I learned whilst making this dress: stay-stiching, new lining technique, chain stitch to hold lining together, bias tape method from Coletterie. And lastly, but not least, 100% cotton dresses wrinkle… a lot.

Things to improve on pattern: waistline, (A) armholes, (B) neckline. I failed to see the armhole and neckline problems because I was so focused on the waistline issues.

Material Notes

I used 100% cotton, but I suggest using something with a little elastic or a blend so it doesn’t easily wrinkle after just one wear. Depending on fabric choice, this dress could be quite dressy. I wanted an everyday home dress.



Related Techniques


Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Mod

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    Dec 1, 2011, 10.28 PMby Testosterone

    It’s so pretty! The pattern, the contrasting lining, the cut of the dress. You did a great job!

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      Dec 2, 2011, 11.57 AMby adriprints

      Thanks, Testosterone!

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    Nov 30, 2011, 08.43 PMby adriprints

    Thanks! I sometimes have to be reminded of my foundation skills the hard way. And it’s totally wearable thank goodness, I’ve worn it twice already! I think I may create some sewn yo-yo’s from the same fabric as the binding and use it as some kind of necklace to distract from the neckline.

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    Nov 30, 2011, 07.53 PMby MientjiB

    I know, it does seem tiresome to make a muslin first, but often it is a life-saver! But this dress is still very pretty, and definitely wearable :-)

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