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Stripe Experiment Dress

Added Sep 16, 2008

by elneenya

Hazel Park, Mich...






Another experiment with stripes. I had made a variation of this dress in a solid red, but I knew I wanted to showcase the unusual seams a little more. So I tried a stripe.

The entire dress is one piece of fabric. The only real “seam” is in the center back — everything else is a dart! The armhole and neck edges are bias-bound. The shoulders come together in an overlap, back to front (similar to the way the shoulders are in a baby’s onesie).

I’ve had a lot of fun draping and modifying this dress!

Material Notes

Silk Crepe de Chine in a beige and taupe stripe
Rayon bemberg lining
Invisible zipper




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    Sep 20, 2008, 06.39 AMby mmmrphs

    Wowwww! So great. A downloadable pattern would be awesome!

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    Sep 17, 2008, 06.47 AMby mirela

    Waw! I’d love a downloadable for this one! It is so original and the stripes are incredible, I like how they are continuous lines and they help create the shape, visually, like in a sketch. Wonderful job!

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    Sep 17, 2008, 06.43 AMby elneenya

    Wow! Thanks everyone! I created this on a whim one night by draping some muslin on a dress form. I just kept folding and manipulating until it layed smoothly, marked it up and started sewing. It’s difficult to custom-fit, though, with no side seams and those darts being marked for a straight size 6 professional dress form. I did make a paper pattern of this after draping it, though, so maybe I can put that into some kind of downloadable format for you guys. I’ll work on it! If nothing else, I’ll make a line drawing of the pattern piece so you can see how crazy it is!

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    Sep 17, 2008, 06.27 AMby raufilia

    ThIs hAs A nIcE TAYLORED LooK!

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    Sep 17, 2008, 05.06 AMby mcloughlinsarah

    i love it, and i can’t beleive its all darts. you should keep experimenting with this, more stripes, more colours!!! its great

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    Sep 17, 2008, 05.06 AMby bola

    wow lovely! how?

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    Sep 17, 2008, 02.25 AMby anajan

    Wow! Really interesting technique. I made few skirts and simple dresses without side seams, using only darts. However, I never did something as interesting and as detailed as this garment. Bravo!

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    Sep 17, 2008, 01.58 AMby barkcloth

    I’m also curious: how did you do it? Shaped it on the doll, or what? Is it a pattern, and when it is, how does the pattern look?

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    Sep 17, 2008, 12.26 AMby chicaboom

    I really like it, both the fact that it is all shaped by darts, and that you have used a stripey fabric to accentuate it. I am also very curious about the pattern! Is it your own?

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    Sep 17, 2008, 12.18 AMby ghainskom

    Looks so nice, sounds so simple! Hem… pattern, please? :D

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    Sep 16, 2008, 09.43 PMby lunatepetal

    almost no seam?! amazing!!

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    Sep 16, 2008, 08.51 PMby sew4my3

    This is the coolest dress! I love the fabric and how you did all the darts is just incredible. I would love to know how long it took to sew this one. Happy sewing!

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