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Pinstripe Denim Fit and Flare Dress with Decorative Stitching

Added Oct 14, 2013

by melodym

Iowa City , Iowa...






Pattern: Butterick 5745 a fit and flare style dress created with gored panels.
Pattern modifications: Shorten hem severely, lengthened sleeves and added sleeve band.

The fabric is a mid weight stretch denim with white pinstripes. I chose this pattern because I could adjust the grain lines of the pattern pieces to create visual interest in the fabric.
I cut the bodice sides and center back on the bias to create a chevron effect. The added sleeve bands were also cut on the bias.

To add to the detailing I chose decorative thick zigzag stitching in lieu of basic top stitching as directed by the pattern. As well as adding a grosgrain ribbon that tied in a bow across the upper back neckline.

Material Notes

stretch denim




Garment Type
Cotton, Blends

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    Jan 25, 2014, 11.30 AMby SassyT

    Featured on Sassy Sewing Bees

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    Jan 7, 2014, 12.02 PMby bomaog

    Great job dear

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    Nov 2, 2013, 10.36 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Congratulations Melodym with one of the best October projects! :-))

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      Nov 2, 2013, 03.38 PMby melodym

      Thank you so very much, Ellen.

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    Oct 17, 2013, 07.05 AMby velvetribbon

    Another pretty dress!! I love the details and the fabric is gorgeous :)

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    Oct 15, 2013, 07.07 PMby libra-s

    Very pretty and flattering! Love it!

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      Oct 16, 2013, 12.54 AMby melodym

      Thank you, kindly!

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    Oct 14, 2013, 07.12 PMby SewNotWork

    Lovely details.

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      Oct 15, 2013, 01.17 AMby melodym

      Thank you!

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    Oct 14, 2013, 02.28 PMby liliv-1

    Lovely details!

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      Oct 15, 2013, 01.18 AMby melodym

      Thanks Liliv!

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    Oct 14, 2013, 01.54 PMby kisses

    Nice dress…like the top stitching

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      Oct 15, 2013, 01.19 AMby melodym

      Kisses, thank you!

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    Oct 14, 2013, 11.08 AMby bethmaryharley

    I love the way you’ve used the pinstripes in this dress! It really is very very effective! You look great in this dress! I did try to comment on your blog, but for some reason it wouldn’t let me (maybe because I’m not using Blogger?) ;-( I ’m very glad you put the dress on here so I could say how much I liked it!

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      Oct 15, 2013, 01.22 AMby melodym

      Oh no, I did switch to link my comments to Google+, sorry.
      But I thank you graciously for your kind words, Beth Mary!

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      Oct 15, 2013, 04.26 AMby bethmaryharley

      Ah ha! That would explain it!

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    Oct 14, 2013, 10.10 AMby ronnielee

    Nice zigzag detail and you did great job matching the chevrons.

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      Oct 15, 2013, 01.31 AMby melodym

      Thank you ronnielee, chose chevrons are tricky!

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    Oct 14, 2013, 09.41 AMby cris orange

    very nice dress, I love the decorative stitching!

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      Oct 15, 2013, 01.32 AMby melodym

      Thank you much, Chris!

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    Oct 14, 2013, 08.46 AMby Malin Jönsson

    Love the stitching, The dress is fantastic!

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      Oct 15, 2013, 01.32 AMby melodym

      Malin, thank you.

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    Oct 14, 2013, 08.31 AMby Lexicon

    Stunning! What amazing detailing. Love it.

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      Oct 15, 2013, 01.33 AMby melodym

      Thanks Lexicon!

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    Oct 14, 2013, 08.02 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Very lovely dress Melodym! The style suits you very well and I like the fabric with the zig-zag very much – it’s seem so comfortable ;)

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      Oct 15, 2013, 01.35 AMby melodym

      Thank you Ellen. Yes! It is SO comfortable! It is a throw on and go dress, no though involved, my favorite way to dress!

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    Oct 14, 2013, 07.47 AMby Mary Athey

    The dress is fabulous on you. The decorative stitching is fantastic . I love this on you x

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      Oct 15, 2013, 01.36 AMby melodym

      Mary, thank you ever so much!

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    Oct 14, 2013, 07.12 AMby spankachutoo

    This dress is so awesome. You did a fantastic job!

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      Oct 15, 2013, 01.36 AMby melodym


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    Oct 14, 2013, 06.54 AMby rita61

    Nice dress! Great idea to shorten. Looks great.

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      Oct 15, 2013, 01.38 AMby melodym

      Rita, thank you! I am short to begin with so I can never get away with out shortening a pattern unfortunately, this one I cropped a little extra so the denim would not be frumpy on my frame.

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    Oct 14, 2013, 04.16 AMby schnui

    I love your dress and all it’s details. You have sewn it and fitted it, perfectly.

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      Oct 14, 2013, 05.12 AMby melodym

      Thank you so very much.

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