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

Added Mar 13, 2013

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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

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

Season
Spring, Summer, Fall
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Classic
Material
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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