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The 1m Dress, or, You never know until you try!

Added Mar 13, 2013

by Anne Wagenha...

Warwickshire, Un...






BurdaStyle Dress #110 from 03/2013.
I bought this mixed fibre 1m remnant from Fred Winter’s in Stratford on Avon last weekend, thinking it would make a fab wiggle skirt for Daughter No2’s 6th form uniform come September. Then I popped into the newsagents & picked up my March BurdaStyle mag. Change of plan! I loved the brocade dress with the ribbon detail, and decided then & there to make that dress in the plaid I’d just bought. But…..

Problem 1: I had a metre, the fabric requirements were for 1.4m. Problem 2: It is a plaid, which means pattern matching, otherwise it would look awful.

Would it make it?? I traced the pattern, in 3 different sizes, because Daughter No2 is difficult that way, and set to trying out the pattern lay. I found that if I cut the sleeves on the bias, that I’d have enough! Bonus! To top it off, when I got home after my suspect fabric shopping, I found the postie had brought me a parcel containing the most beautiful pink silk haboutai. This was part of the Swap your Stash project. I had my lining!

The dress goes together very easily, I overlocked all the edges because of the tendancy for this fabric to fray like mad, and the lining was sewn up with French seams. It is a little shorter than the original pattern, just so I could fit everything onthe the fabric I had! We left the ribbon detail off this one, as there is plenty going on with the plaid. As I had limited fabric, there wasn’t much of a hem, so I added some wide black cotton bias binding to the hem edge, and herringbone stitched it in place.

I am definitely making another though, and Daughter no2 would like one version with a pegged skirt, as opposed to the A-line. So it looks like another successful pattern!

Material Notes

Plaid of mixed fibres, silk haboutai lining




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Blends, Silk

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    Mar 29, 2013, 04.34 PMby peaches2218

    Spectacular as usual!

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    Mar 15, 2013, 03.07 AMby joelle1112

    Love this! So cute!

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    Mar 14, 2013, 09.34 AMby SassyT

    Love it. And I think I have this edition somewhere. Yeee Haaa. I have more fabric so no sweat there.

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      Mar 14, 2013, 03.30 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

      It’s a fabulous little dress, and I love that the darts are not on the straight, although you can’t really see it here.

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    Mar 14, 2013, 04.59 AMby smallone

    often restriction cause us to create the most wonderful things….love this!!

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      Mar 14, 2013, 03.31 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

      Thanks! I was determined to use this fabric, even it it turned out sleeveless! :)

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    Mar 13, 2013, 08.17 PMby omgdora

    So cute and classy! Lucky daughter!

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      Mar 14, 2013, 03.30 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

      Thank you! I must start on the pencil skirt version she wants!

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    Mar 13, 2013, 05.19 PMby fashionfreek

    O wow. This is a lovely dress project..the fabric too. Looks great on your daughter..lucky girls,:-D..x

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    Mar 13, 2013, 02.15 PMby Ginara13

    It’s amazing what you can do with a meter or yard of fabric! Particularly if you’re creative. ;)

    Do like this dress, the plaid weave is a great choice. And I cannot say that the dress length suffers from your fabric restriction.

    Good job! And so glad that your daughter appreciates your sewing for her!

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      Mar 13, 2013, 03.51 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

      Thank you! I only took about 7cm off the bottom, and turned up 2 of the hem as oposed to the 4cm originally intended, which is why I used the bias binding. So not too much shorter! Daughter loves me making stuff, we have a list and a huge pile of fabric for me to work through! :)

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    Mar 13, 2013, 01.12 PMby liliv-1

    Oh yes you can make a dress with perfectly matched and symmetrical plaid with just 1m of fabric! It’s very pretty! (Why didn’t you put the link to the pattern?)

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      Mar 13, 2013, 01.55 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

      Thank you! Er… link? I used the magazine.

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