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The Divorce Empowerment Dress

Added May 14, 2012

by mwelland

Ontario, Canada






I bought this fabric at the Salvation Army because it was too wild to resist, but I was always a bit shy to use it. However, when I got divorced, I thought that it was high time I used it to shake up my wardrobe and so this dress was born! The problem is that the fabric is 100% retro polyester and it’s very very warm to wear. Also I had to top stitch every seam because it’s impossible to press. The upside is that it’s also impossible to wrinkle!

The pattern is self-drafted. Basically it’s a t-shirt pattern with an A-line skirt. I added a few darts to the back, and sewed on a tie at the back for fun. I’m rather pleased with the capped sleeves.

Material Notes

Polyester jersey




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Knits/Jersey, Polyester

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    May 25, 2012, 03.56 PMby mwilton

    LOVE the fabric! Well done :)

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    May 24, 2012, 06.43 AMby erikthered

    completely groovy, love the fabric and such a cute and simple design, may it give you post divorce strength!

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    May 17, 2012, 08.08 PMby Seeks Corey

    Great print! Sorry it’s so heat-inducing. ;p Best of luck on the reclaiming of yourself post-divorce!

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    May 15, 2012, 09.45 PMby Ali Daniels

    Go girl! You look fabulous!

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    May 15, 2012, 05.03 PMby SumzSewz

    Charming, I love the sleeves!

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    May 15, 2012, 03.14 AMby Nessa *

    Love the fabric, and the sleeves are really cute!

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    May 15, 2012, 01.53 AMby mojo elgin

    It’s a great dress! Congratulations on your empowerment!

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    May 14, 2012, 10.54 PMby Fiedlerin

    Oh, I love this fabric, too bad I can’t have it :)

    I will have to look for something similar.

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    May 14, 2012, 09.29 PMby Jolands

    Love your dress, real girl power. Wish you all the best.

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    May 14, 2012, 08.41 PMby leahfranqui

    Lovely dress!

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    May 14, 2012, 06.56 PMby TailorFairy

    Great dress! love it!

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    May 14, 2012, 06.00 PMby asperge11

    I’m sorry about your divorce, but at least it meant this dress was born :) It’s lovely!

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