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Happy Yellow Swiss-Dot Summer Dress!

Added Jul 11, 2011

by Shona Roon

Gainesville, Flo...






I got a great deal on a photoshoot through Groupon so of course I immediately thought “I should make my dress!”. I had a colorful, cutesy, 60’s inspired theme in mind and over time I came up with a design that I thought would fit perfectly. I couldn’t find a pattern exactly like what I wanted so I used the Sheath Dress pattern in Built By Wendy’s Dresses book and made a LOT of modifications! I had to use a lot of pattern drafting skills for the first time, which was pretty exciting and scary. I drafted the white collar myself using a tutorial I found online.

The outside fabric is a nice soft yellow swiss dot that I bought through Fashion Fabrics Club and it’s completely lined in matching fabric from JoAnn.

I love the way it turned out. I have worn self-made dresses out before but I think this is my first real success. The only problem I have is that, even with the outer fabric and lining, the dress is still too see-though to wear without a slip. So I went out and bought one – problem solved!

The first photo was taken recently at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. All others were taken by RyaPhotos in Micanopy, FL.

Material Notes

yellow swiss dot cotton




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Preppy, Vintage

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    Jul 11, 2011, 01.38 PMby mollykatherine

    Cute dress & cute pics!

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    Jul 11, 2011, 12.41 PMby psychorat

    So cute!

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    Jul 11, 2011, 12.20 PMby melongrowergirl

    very nice! You did a good job with all the modifications.

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    Jul 11, 2011, 06.55 AMby virginia Argumosa de poo

    I like the mix of colours! very cute.

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    Jul 11, 2011, 06.41 AMby toupinette

    very cute and retro! love it!

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