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Nothing But Blue Skies Dress

Added Jul 19, 2011

by CationDesigns

Los Angeles, Cal...






This dress was based on the Anthropologie Backswept Dress. I took the bodice of a McCall’s pattern and redid the back to make the ties, then drafted a full skirt with pockets on the side panels.

Blogged here.

Material Notes

Thrifted cotton/poly blend bedsheet, bias binding, elastic




Garment Type

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    Sep 20, 2011, 09.29 PMby danicaaa84

    beautiful dress!! :)

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    Jul 22, 2011, 02.30 PMby sallybrown

    I love your dress! The back is really cut. And I like the fabric you use!!

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    Jul 21, 2011, 05.27 AMby baka-pepica

    oh no, now i must make this one!!! like like like!!!

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    Jul 20, 2011, 03.47 PMby margaretchandler

    Rarely do I succeed at such a spot-on knock-off, it looks so great. I’m also a fan of the wash-and-wear cotton vs Anthro’s always-high-end silks. Your writing style on your blog is cute too :)

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      Jul 20, 2011, 04.13 PMby CationDesigns

      Thank you! That’s very kind of you.

      I sometimes feel like Anthro stuff isn’t made for real people with real lives to live :)

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    Jul 20, 2011, 03.45 PMby uepsillon

    Oh, this is a great idea! And that fabric is adorable :) Might use this on an upcoming project, thank you!

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      Jul 20, 2011, 04.13 PMby CationDesigns

      I would love to see your rendition! Your projects are beautiful!

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    Jul 20, 2011, 10.51 AMby Geeky Seamstress

    fantastic! the fabric is brilliant and the execution is perfect <3

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    Jul 20, 2011, 06.15 AMby janene

    This is lovely and you are so kind to put such clear and detailed instructions together for us. Thank you :-)

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      Jul 20, 2011, 04.14 PMby CationDesigns

      Thanks for your comment! This is the first time I’ve written instructions like that; good to know they’re understandable.

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    Jul 20, 2011, 04.19 AMby elisana

    thank you so much for putting together a step by step tutorial!!! love your dress!

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      Jul 20, 2011, 04.14 PMby CationDesigns

      You’re welcome and thank you! Haha is that weird all in one sentence?

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    Jul 19, 2011, 09.54 PMby scruffybadger

    Beautiful! I’m in love with the fabric, & those pockets are so pretty

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      Jul 20, 2011, 04.15 PMby CationDesigns

      Thanks! I was so excited when I found it at the thrift store. I love pockets on dresses, too!

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    Jul 19, 2011, 09.23 PMby ginasophia

    totally love it!!!

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    Jul 19, 2011, 08.44 PMby nellyvdb

    Your instructions seem pretty straight forward enough, and the dress is very pretty. I might actually give this a try.

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      Jul 20, 2011, 04.15 PMby CationDesigns

      Thanks, and let me know if I need to clarify anything!

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    Jul 19, 2011, 08.37 PMby missycas17

    this is a happy little dress, well done.

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      Jul 20, 2011, 04.16 PMby CationDesigns

      It definitely makes me happy! Thank you!

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    Jul 19, 2011, 08.34 PMby kelerabeus

    Aww, I want this fabric! Cute dress.

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      Jul 20, 2011, 04.16 PMby CationDesigns

      Thank you! I believe this fabric is from the Toy Story kids’ bedsheet set…

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    Jul 19, 2011, 08.33 PMby turtlegirl00

    I love it!! adorable!!

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    Jul 19, 2011, 08.19 PMby LimeSoda

    Wow! Simple and lovely. I like your innovative take on a McCalls pattern and inspired choice of fabric.

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      Jul 20, 2011, 04.17 PMby CationDesigns

      Thank you! It’s really because I couldn’t be bothered to go out and buy another pattern ;)

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