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Susanne's maxi dress

Added Jan 30, 2011

by susanne2011

Perth, Australia






I recently moved to Australia and fairly quickly figured out I needed a new summer wardrobe (it can get sooooo hot over here). I decided to make a maxi dress, because when you are as tall as I am (1m88 or 6’2’’) you simply can’t buy any long enough in the stores.
For the pattern I traced a dress I already had. The skirt part is just a big rectangle, with shirring in the back. It was the first time I tried shirring and I had some problems with it. Somehow there wasn’t enough tension on the elastic that I wound on the bobbin, so I had to pull the elastic tighter after sewing it. If anyone has any hints on how to get this right, please let me know.
The fabric was from IKEA. I really really tried to avoid going to IKEA AGAIN, but I just really like their big prints and I think big prints really work well on big dresses. Anyhoo, the fabric was on sale, so all in all this dress cost me 7 dollars and 4-5 hours of sewing. Quite a bargain!

Material Notes

Cotton from IKEA




Garment Type
Beach, Casual

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    Feb 16, 2011, 09.32 AMby lschwartz

    really pretty! good job :)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 09.32 AMby lschwartz

    really pretty! good job :)

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    Feb 3, 2011, 07.23 AMby flowergirl22

    shows of your curves great,, nice fabric to

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    Jan 31, 2011, 05.54 PMby bohemiannow

    I love love love it! well done girl!

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    Jan 30, 2011, 12.44 PMby shavlin

    Looks fantastic – I love the way you have used the big print!

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      Jan 31, 2011, 03.13 AMby susanne2011

      Thanks! I deliberately placed the black print over the ‘panty-area’ to avoid any see-through-sexiness, haha ;)

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    Jan 30, 2011, 12.40 PMby ladykatza

    This is a wonderful dress! Much love here.

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      Jan 31, 2011, 03.12 AMby susanne2011

      I’m happy you like it!

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    Jan 30, 2011, 12.20 PMby toja

    I love the print on the fabric. It’s a beautiful dress.

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