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Dead Thread Entry Dress

Added Aug 13, 2009

by bola

Leeds, United Ki...






Here is a dress I made from some old African cotton clothes which were far too big and had a pretty loud pattern printed on it. As part of a competition I had to try and make something I would wear out of these “dead threads”. The original items had no shape and I wouldn’t wear them anywhere in this country or in Africa really, but the cotton used to make them wasn’t too bad so I didn’t want to throw them away.

I made a pattern based on my measurements. I included a square neckline with gathers at the shoulder, back and sides. Then I added some coloured bias binding for the waist. To use up more of the fabric, and to relate to african headwear I also made a thick head band with are large flower on top.

Material Notes

(see last pic for original item)




Garment Type

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    Sep 1, 2009, 03.05 PMby christine-1

    oh Bola, wow, congratulations on winning the contest, and on the baby! I have been offline for a while but am back sewing now. This dress is truly amazing! All the best, Christine

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    Aug 31, 2009, 07.50 PMby oonaballoona

    congratulations, on ALL fronts!!!

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    Aug 15, 2009, 02.09 PMby tschasta

    the idea with the dying is great and the result is really stylish. looks great

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    Aug 14, 2009, 09.42 AMby djoule

    Very pretty dress, fits you really well ! Great job :)

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      Aug 14, 2009, 09.53 PMby bola

      Thanks for the comment!

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    Aug 14, 2009, 07.44 AMby lucaltd

    Fantastic! Looks fab and also makes a really chic maternity dress – something that is hard to find!

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    Aug 14, 2009, 07.27 AMby susisonne

    You made a beautiful dress, looks really great!

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    Aug 14, 2009, 01.20 AMby hannnc

    Your dress is beautiful, and i especially love the headband!! I would love to make that.

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    Aug 13, 2009, 11.03 PMby polychromatin

    It’s very very nice! So you used the fabric from the left side or did you dye it? Great project :)

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      Aug 14, 2009, 10.02 PMby bola

      Thanks Lydia!I used the farbric from the last picture- then I dyed it black to tone down the that crazy pattern!

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    Aug 13, 2009, 10.16 PMby cthuliz

    Ultra cute, I love the fabric you used.

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