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Upholstery Sample Patch Dress

Added Jun 1, 2011

by erica-recycled

Melbourne, Austr...






Utilising some fine furnishing upholstery fabric samples (purchased from a recycle centre for $1), I’ve made a patchwork dress.

It has taken me the best part of a week to complete. I used a pattern I have from my collection; New Look 6577.

There was not enough samples to complete a full dress. I thought I might have to buy (thrift) some fabric to match the upholstery samples, but instead, used what I already had; a pale pink fabric for the back of my dress, a light blue fabric for lining (although in photos actually looks lilac), and a reclaimed zip. This is the first time I have fully lined a dress, completed by trial and (a few) errors.

I used leftover cut away patches to sew a fabric flower, backed with eco-fi felt, and hair grips, so that I can either wear it in my hair, or on a band around my waist. I chose a white silk scarf to tie around my waist as a belt, as I felt it looked a little plain without anything.


Material Notes

Upholstery furnishing fabric samples, thrifted material, reclaimed zip, thrifted sewing pattern




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