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Gingham Dress. My First Solo Project!

Added Jan 25, 2010

by petawb

Lilyfield, Austr...






I thought I’d really challenge myself for my 2nd time at a sewing machine – and boy was it a challenge!

I had a crazy thought at the beginning and decided to not use a pattern (even more challenges) – however, in the end it all worked out fine.

I’d always wanted a black and white gingham dress. I’d never found one I liked so made a snap decision to make my own based on a few of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe.

The skirt is shorter at the sides than the front which I love for summer – though you could just have a circular skirt.

Basically I traced around one of my dresses and got a circular rectangle about 130cm x 170cm

I cut a hole in the middle the size of my waist.

Then got a strip of contrasting fabric 24cm x my waist size + 4cm. Folded it over, sewed it together then pulled it inside out. I then ironed that flat. I had a slightly more complex way of securing it with buttons, hooks and overlapping so it’s flexible – but you could just use a zipper on the side.

The top was slightly more difficult and I just traced another one of my dresses, but it worked out to be a basic crossover v-neck.

Then I sewed it all together, gathered and sewed the shoulders and there it is!

Can’t wait to wear it in the sun tomorrow at a barbecue! Let’s hope it’s not see though!

Material Notes

100% Cotton Gingham – I really love the way 100% cotton falls

A tougher red cotton, not sure of the type specifically.




Garment Type
Classic, Geek, Vintage
Cotton, Blends

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    Jan 28, 2010, 12.10 AMby alazycalm

    Great job! Btw, I saw this on reddit in 2XC, actually. I’m a redditor too. ;)

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    Jan 26, 2010, 11.45 AMby Jodi Wade

    I really like this dress. The red waistband is great with the gingham and the shape of the dress is perfect.

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    Jan 26, 2010, 05.30 AMby farfar

    The results were very pretty and indeed great for the summer. I was just wondering by what you meant with a circular rectangle….a rectangle with a circle in the middle of it or a rectangle with rounded edges.

    Thanks in advance

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      Jan 26, 2010, 10.19 AMby petawb

      Rectangle with circular edges – then with a hole cut in the centre.

      I’ve never been a fan of seams on skirts, it seems to break the flow – so it was great that I could do it all in one piece.

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    Jan 25, 2010, 08.53 PMby camilaustral

    i like it! you look really good ;)

    (just make sure you wear big underwear in case of see-though-ness :D )

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    Jan 25, 2010, 07.12 PMby cquinn13

    great job! it’s beautiful.

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    Jan 25, 2010, 06.20 PMby fabricaddict

    It looks really great!! and that red band really makes it! love the hem, well done!

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    Jan 25, 2010, 03.26 PMby toril

    It looks adorable on you! (It is you in the photo…? :)

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      Jan 25, 2010, 11.10 PMby petawb

      Yep that’s me :-P at 1:30am, slightly proud but mostly exhausted.

      Thanks! I’m really happy I made a dress that actually fit me!

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