Added Jun 26, 2010
I whipped out another dress last night. I’m starting to feel like a dress machine these days.
This is probably my favorite project thus far. It combines elements of pretty retro 60s party dresses with an edgy punk rock feel like a cut out back and exposed chunky zipper.
This dress was originally a king size bedsheet from the 70s, believe it or not. I found it at a local thrift store for $3, which a good price, considering what I would have paid for that much yardage in broadcloth at a fabric store, when it’s $3.99 for one yard!
I designed this dress myself. I used an existing dress I have for the cutout guideline, I essentially just traced the shape onto vellum paper and then transferred that onto the pattern I drew for the bodice. The bodice front consists of three fully lined pieces sewn together. The back consists of four. The top back closes with a button and then I covered that with a large bow. The front bodice actually didn’t fit me the way I had originally planned (I don’t have a dress form, sadly) so I ended up making pleats in the front, which added a neat structured element to the overall design.
I love this dress!!!
Sewing & Techniques
Check out this step-by-step on sewing our wrapped and pleated mini skirt
What do you think of these summery styles?
Check out the debut of this lovely designer style pattern with angular pleats
Behind the seams with Marina von Koenig Part 1
Dreamy dresses, floral prints, and cute spring tops.
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