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Circle the world

Added Apr 20, 2012

by laracrj

Cardiff, United ...






I think this is the most professional dress I’ve made so far. That has a lot to do with the fabric, which is a lovely slightly stretch, thick cotton and was a lot more expensive than I usually go for.

I used Vogue V1102 after seeing lots of other members make it especially this one http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/italian-wedding?image=221424 (any idea whether you can link to other members’ designs in the based on section?)

Made a few slight alterations to the pattern, namely to shorten the hem slightly and make the bow thinner and folded over, I didn’t like the idea of being able to see the reverse of the fabric when it was tied. This dress needed more fabric than I had (I tend to fall in love with fabric and buy it before deciding what to make with it) so it had to line it in white rather than the same fabric as the dress. I also had to cut additional sections to sew into the skirt as the circle is HUGE and my fabric wasn’t wide enough. Tried to show the extra fabric added in the photos.

Loved making this dress, it was very simple and only took a day (although I didn’t stop for lunch or dinner as I was so engrossed in it!) I learnt a new way to do the hem as well, which is very helpful for circle hems. I sewed 1cm away from the hem, then pressed it up, then sewed again just above where it had been turned up, then pressed again and then sewed the turn up down. I found that pressing up on the stitching worked really well and gave a much more even look than most of the circle skirts I’ve done before.

Material Notes

Slight stretch cotton fabric




Garment Type

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    Apr 6, 2013, 05.45 PMby Oana F.

    What a lovely dress!!!

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    May 17, 2012, 06.57 AMby prettysewinggirl

    Love your dress, its beautiful!! I can relate to your day-long sewing!!! Whenever I see the end of a project nearing.. NOTHING will make me stop until its DONE! (Which is probably not a very good thing for me – I tend to start rushing then, but ohhh… the excitement!) Thanks for sharing :)

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    May 7, 2012, 09.41 PMby freehold

    I love it, you look fabulous… I agree with SWEETHARTE, I’d sleep in it, its so good….. Well done

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      May 7, 2012, 09.56 PMby laracrj

      Thank you so much! I wish it would stop raining so I could wear it!

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    Apr 28, 2012, 02.52 PMby surfjewels

    pretty dress

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    Apr 24, 2012, 05.00 PMby vasgarcia

    This is really beautiful. :) I agree it’s a very flattering dress on you. I’ve got this pattern and am itching to make it but need to find the right fabric. :)

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      Apr 24, 2012, 06.35 PMby laracrj

      Thank you! I’m going to try it again in some different fabrics, it was such an easy and rewarding dress to make!

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    Apr 21, 2012, 01.14 AMby sweetharte

    SO beautiful, and you look amazing in it! If I were you I would end up sleeping in it because I’d refuse to take it off…

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      Apr 21, 2012, 08.11 AMby laracrj

      Ha ha thank you! It is actually hung up on the outside of my wardrobe so I can just gaze at it!

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    Apr 20, 2012, 10.05 PMby kihli

    What a nice dress! And it looks also so neat inside!

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      Apr 21, 2012, 08.14 AMby laracrj

      Thank you – I think that the inside is one of the reasons I like it so much!

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    Apr 20, 2012, 01.14 PMby shela

    I love it and it looks great on you. Polka dots are a favorite of mine. Well done.

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      Apr 21, 2012, 08.14 AMby laracrj

      Thanks – I love them too!

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    Apr 20, 2012, 12.22 PMby wildflower31

    Very nice, love polka dots. I have been tempted to add pieces to something I have made, but chickend out. Glad to see that it can be successfuly done.

    Did you use serger for that piece at the bottom of the skirt?

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      Apr 20, 2012, 01.09 PMby laracrj

      Thanks for your comment! I find that adding the extra pieces works really well on circle skirts and when they hang you don’t notice them as a bad thing. Yes I sewed and then over-locked the seams on the skirt and the extra panels, I thought if I did it in orange it might look more like I’d planned it and made a feature of it!

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