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Purple knit dress

Added Jan 4, 2010

by littlecotton...

Sf Bay Area, Cal...






First attempt on a knit dress. For the pattern, I used the instructions from Pattern Drafting by Dressmaking (a Japanese book from the late 60’s) with a few errors. There’s no instruction on how to sew it, so I winged it. It was obviously incorrect because the inside of the collar, which I did last, ended up stretched out from the struggles. It’s a pretty easy one to make, despite the lack of instruction.

Blogged here for the result and here for the origination.

Material Notes

Polyester knit from a re-use craft supply depot, so inexpensive it’s perfect for trial projects.




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Mod, Romantic, Vintage
Knits/Jersey, Polyester

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    Jan 7, 2010, 05.20 AMby smallone

    this is just gorgeous!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 09.51 PMby mlssfshn

    very nice now I want the book

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    Jan 4, 2010, 03.14 PMby lizah

    love it!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 02.40 PMby Lee Avant

    Looks great!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 11.51 AMby mema79

    very nice..great colour!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 11.29 AMby jenna428

    Very nice……………..great job………….first attempt?…I’d never know if you did not tell me!

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      Jan 5, 2010, 02.59 AMby scheryka

      Same here. Beautiful 1st!

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      Jan 5, 2010, 04.16 AMby littlecottondresses

      Thank you! I’ve been sewing with woven fabric a lot, and this knit happens to be pretty stable, so it didn’t slip around. :)

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    Jan 4, 2010, 10.37 AMby angelical

    Nice work! LOVE the color and the collar with the bow!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 10.08 AMby ichigogirl

    It’s really nice, I love the collar and the colour. That book sounds interesting!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 08.25 AMby joanne-lej

    it looks great, i love the collar and the colour is beautiful

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    Jan 4, 2010, 08.15 AMby frkbustad

    Oh, it sounds really interesting with a Japanese dressmaking book from the 60’s! The dress looks really nice and comfortable, and yet the collar makes it look very elegant.

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