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Swish dress

Added Jul 23, 2010

by loversandhaters

Edmonton, Canada






I have a D.I.Y. rule around here, which is this: time is valuable, so I don’t make things that I can buy for $100 or less.

This dress was $165 at J. Crew, thoughwayyy too much! So I set about learning to draft pleats (math! ugh), turn a lined bodice, sew in-seam pockets, and make mock piping. I have enough minidresses in my closet, so I opted to make this a little more modest by lengthening the hem and raising the neckline. Since the bottom part was a rectangle, I used the selvedge as hem, which made the dress light and floaty. Despite some problems with the bodice stretching on the bias (the waist is lower than I intended), I’m happy with how it turned out!

I included a pic of the original dress.

Photos by Derek Bisbing

Material Notes





Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Nov 30, 2010, 10.09 PMby cooi

    This is such a beautiful project. Pleats are so very annoying! The bias cut fabric is such a wonderful touch!

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    Nov 25, 2010, 07.58 PMby juebejue

    wow, super cute! :D love love

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    Oct 8, 2010, 09.14 PMby macoskrm

    Wow, I just found this and I absolutely love it. All your stuff is great!

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    Aug 11, 2010, 10.41 PMby loversandhaters

    thanks, everyone!

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    Jul 31, 2010, 07.41 PMby Roberta Daw

    Wow that’s way better than the original, I’m new to dressmaking but I hope to make a dress as lovely as this someday.

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    Jul 28, 2010, 04.01 AMby meowatthemoon2

    Your versions is WAY cuter. Excellent fabric choice.

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    Jul 28, 2010, 12.10 AMby ginasophia

    Gorgeous! the fabric is amazing and anything that is J Crew inspired seems to be super chic. I think your version is much better!!

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    Jul 27, 2010, 09.58 PMby szarlotka

    Fantastic job! And It’s really better than original. When I haven’t got enough money to buy clothes, I sew them myself, too :)

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    Jul 27, 2010, 08.47 PMby reinventlove

    Gorgeous!! I think yours looks a lot prettier! :) great job!

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    Jul 27, 2010, 06.57 PMby smalldose

    I love this so much! The fabric, the detailing – it’s all perfect! You are so talented!

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    Jul 27, 2010, 03.40 PMby Heather Feather

    Wow. I’m really impressed. It looks super flowy!

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    Jul 27, 2010, 01.42 PMby mischi

    Yours is uber lovely! Good work!

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    Jul 27, 2010, 04.37 AMby junaluska

    I like your dress better than the original. =] You did a fantastic job. Great choice of fabric! And I feel the same way about pleats – math, ugh. Especially not in the summer, please.

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    Jul 27, 2010, 03.38 AMby kelepso

    You did a great job. Very cool. I share the same philosophy as you – why buy it, when you can make it?

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    Jul 27, 2010, 02.03 AMby jesster348

    I like your version better! Way cute.

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    Jul 27, 2010, 01.33 AMby missdandy

    Seriously amazing job re-creating that J. Crew dress!

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    Jul 27, 2010, 01.08 AMby Ophelia K

    Beautiful dress!! I love everything about this dress. The fabric you chose is better than the original one;)

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      Jul 27, 2010, 01.15 AMby loversandhaters

      yay, thanks! i love the fabric, too.

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