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Summer polka dots

Added Aug 28, 2012

by frkbustad

Bergen, Norway






We spent two weeks in southern France and Barcelona this summer, and before we left I realized that I didn’t have any suitable summer dresses. Again working with a deadline, as I started this a week before we left – the same week we started moving to our new flat. Not surprisingly, I mange to finish it, but left the hem overlocked instead of properly hemmed, and parts of the lining isn’t (still) properly attached. A ‘frk.bustad’ label is also missing.

I spent some time fitting the bust piece, as I realized that the self drafted pattern has some excess fabric above the bust area. Also, drawing the curve freehand didn’t really work, so I did some alterations after the bust piece was sewn together. I drafted the collar after the bust piece was more or less finished, and sandwiched it between the front fabric and the cotton lining.

The skirt is based on a 1/2 circle skirt, but as the back piece is 5 cm shorter than the front piece (a result of sway back adjustment of the back), I drafted two circles that would fit the waistline. The sway back adjustment should be a chapter on its own. The dress looks rather funny when it lays flat, with an extremely curved back waistline. However, when I wear the dress, the waistline come out all even on both front and back. My conclusion is that my dresses should always have a waist seam opening up for alterations.




Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Sep 7, 2012, 05.16 PMby iljalamalice

    Lovely :) nice styling of your photos!

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    Sep 2, 2012, 09.41 AMby bridlin

    A very nice Dress! Suites you very well! And I know the city in the pics ;o) actually I am living there! Hope you enjoyed your holiday here!

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    Sep 1, 2012, 02.07 PMby BlancheOfArts

    Looks fantastic, it would be cool to make a matching belt out of that red fabric! ;)

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      Sep 1, 2012, 09.38 PMby frkbustad

      It was actually the plan! But time ran out and then suddenly there’s new projects lining up. A red belt will, however, never be wasted so thanks for the reminder!

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    Sep 1, 2012, 10.55 AMby frkbustad

    Thank you so much, everyone! I’m planning new versions of this one.

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    Aug 31, 2012, 03.33 PMby CaribbeanFlavour

    This is really lovely.

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    Aug 29, 2012, 08.33 PMby Teddi Petrone

    I love this dress! It is feminine, fun, & lovely!

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    Aug 28, 2012, 07.30 PMby chainmailgoddess

    Beautiful! I like your perfectly matching accessories too :)

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    Aug 28, 2012, 07.26 PMby SassyT

    Love this dress so feminine.

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    Aug 28, 2012, 04.19 PMby Semtele

    Nice dress!

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    Aug 28, 2012, 02.22 PMby scuffsan

    Lovely dress :)

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    Aug 28, 2012, 10.39 AMby Mary Athey

    Its gorgeous on you. love the neckline and fabric x

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