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Fabric Weaved Bodice Dress

Added Mar 11, 2012

by Vivat Veritas

Tokyo, Japan






This dress took a while to complete! I weaved the bodice part with fabric strips by hand.

Although each of the strips I used for weaving were not cut on bias, the entire bodice was cut on bias. The weaving the fabric itself was very time-consuming, but the other portions of the piece came off without a hitch. Since the bodice was on bias and the weaving created some stretch, I eliminated the gather in the bodice pattern, and treated the fabric as I do with jersey fabrics. I used the bodice pattern I drafted recently for another project. I added a gather at the waistline to replace darts(for the previous project). For this dress, I even went so far as to take out the entire gather ease.

I had this blue fabric sitting in my stash for a while. I bought it on wholesale, but since the fabric is such a light weight, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. The weaving was a perfect fit for the fabric. It didn’t become too bulky but added some structure to the fabric, making it easier the rest of the sewing.

I lined the dress with the same fabric, as it is a bit sheer. Also added side pockets, and a matching fabric belt. The buckle is from this online shop I wrote about in the past.

Overall, I LOVE the result, and it was very satisfying to make. If you were to ask whether I’ll do it again, I don’t know…it really was time consuming, so I’m not sure.

Fabric: light weight cotton
Lining: same as the fashion fabric
Pattern: self drafted bodice pattern, skirt is two big squares. Pocket patterns are borrowed and modified from BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook coat pattern.

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Material Notes

cotton, belt buckle, thread, flat knit zipper, interface




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Mod, Other

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    Mar 21, 2012, 01.26 PMby Binita Shrestha

    Love how you did all that weaving. Love it!

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    Mar 14, 2012, 09.50 AMby prettysewinggirl

    piece of art work!!! love it :)

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    Mar 12, 2012, 09.09 PMby libra-s

    How wonderful!!

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    Mar 12, 2012, 01.20 AMby Kazmoda

    So exquisite! I added it it My Favorites.

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    Mar 11, 2012, 10.06 PMby ariation

    This is great! I would love to try this

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    Mar 11, 2012, 08.01 PMby infinite-plus-one

    incredible, love it!

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    Mar 11, 2012, 07.55 PMby Amor Allure


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    Mar 11, 2012, 02.27 PMby jadealamode

    The weaved bodice looks great!!

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    Mar 11, 2012, 11.27 AMby mokosha

    sooo beautiful.. and it looks like so much work, but it definitely was worth it..

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