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black and white flower shirtdress

Added May 13, 2009

by lauriana

Den Haag, Nether...






I bought this fabric last year, thinking of summer dresses. While it sat in my stash, I got more and more afraid that the print would be too cute for my liking. This is the solution I came up with: a narrow skirted shirtdress. As usual, I drafted the pattern myself. It’s got a waist seam (I like my shirtdresses a bit 50’s), darts on bodice and skirt have only been sewn for the first 5 cm from the waist, full length button band and black piping (actually just folded bias tape) along that and the shoulder yoke. I orginally made a different collar, a bit like a scoop neck peter pan collar, but that really was too cute and too frumpy. I tried playing around with it, and finally came up with this shape. I really like the dress but it was a pain to sew, because of collar issue, but more so because my sewing machine was on its last leg. It had a lot of trouble with the stretch in the fabric and with the piping (I tried using real piping first, but every which way I tried to sew it on, the pattern piece got bended all out of shape, so I tried bais tape, which worked better)

Material Notes

flower printed cotton polpin with a bit of stretch, black satin bias tape, buttons




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    May 15, 2010, 05.42 PMby dmd1177

    I love the collar on this dress, and the patterns great.

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    May 9, 2010, 07.13 AMby lclausewitz

    Oooh. great retro-futuristic look. If only more science-fiction movie costume designers took this kind of inspiration….

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    May 21, 2009, 01.11 AMby stepanka

    This is just superB, elegant, striking and sexy. Thank you for sharing.

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    May 15, 2009, 02.08 AMby anajan

    Very nice. Perfect fit. Love the piping details.

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    May 14, 2009, 07.42 PMby susanne2011

    Ziet er goed uit! Ben jaloers op je skills!

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    May 14, 2009, 06.34 PMby dressdummy

    I love it. I want it. As usual. Beautifully crafted and classic.

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    May 14, 2009, 01.23 PMby hajnika

    Oh,what a great dress,and that collar is very interesting! I like it very much!

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    May 13, 2009, 07.00 PMby jem1022

    Really amazing…. you definitely have a sense of style and it shows

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    May 13, 2009, 06.33 PMby jj1

    I love the print and the way you used piping with it. Really chic.

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    May 13, 2009, 03.57 PMby caterina1980

    This looks great, beautifully made as all your other garments, you make lovely pieces.

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    May 13, 2009, 09.38 AMby akwa

    Well done! and thanks for the details about sewing bias-tape vs piping.

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    May 13, 2009, 09.09 AMby carlatv

    Such great style. Love the collar.

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    May 13, 2009, 08.54 AMby yellowquil

    The dress looks amazing and you look amazing in it!

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    May 13, 2009, 08.25 AMby ink

    Your tailoring is flawless. I love the shoulder detail.

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    May 13, 2009, 08.13 AMby ralarkins

    Looks great! I love the 50’s which is funny because I am from the 60’s. Your stuff always has classic lines.

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    May 13, 2009, 07.54 AMby thejam

    Very nice. I can see my self wearing that to work.

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    May 13, 2009, 07.44 AMby carottesauvage

    Incompromisingly ‘roseler’ and sleek as usual!

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