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/wilma dress

Added Feb 15, 2011

by emily-marie

Bellingham, Wash...






Wilma Flintstone was the first and only thing that came to mind when I bought this cotton, so the resulting garment had to be equally as Bedrock. Simplicity 2250 by Cynthia Rowley has a bit of the same retro flare as Mrs. Flintstone.

I loved the idea of keeping it strapless, but the top folds too easily from the gather in the center, even though it’s reinforced with two layers of interfacing. Eliminating that gather messes with the neckline, so I decided to make it a convertible(ish) halter.

It does really need more structure, so I think I’ll end up adding boning at the side seams.

also on my blog, seymour

Material Notes

lightweight cotton sateen shirting




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Jun 21, 2011, 06.24 PMby wildcatspow

    Really, really cute!!

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    Mar 29, 2011, 10.42 PMby kylieburrowes

    so pretty! i’m actually in the process of making this SAME dress :) i fell in love with the pattern. can’t wait to show you my finished one. you’ve inspired me!

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    Mar 27, 2011, 09.43 PMby vanessajp

    Wow, I’m halfway through my version and this is very inspiring. I though all those darts and pleats would drive me insane but I’m proceeding slowly and reading instructions thoroughly. Lovely choice of fabric!

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    Mar 2, 2011, 04.18 PMby wonderlandalys

    I’ve just ordered this pattern so its nice to see someone else make it. Yours turned out beautifully! Let me know if you manage to make it permanently strapless: I’d like to give it a try.

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    Feb 21, 2011, 03.28 AMby skirts

    wow, this is so cute!! perfect summer dress :)

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    Feb 20, 2011, 11.47 PMby caramia-made

    Love it! I’m glad you mentioned how large it runs… I have this pattern too (and a small bust) so I will likely have to make a size smaller. Yours looks great – such a fun print!

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    Feb 19, 2011, 07.11 PMby aristania85

    I’m so glad I found someone that has made this pattern! I was looking at it earlier today, in fact, wondering if that tie on the back could be easily eliminated from the design. I love the front of the bodice, not so much the back! Is that tie functional, or can it be omitted without serious consequences? Your version is TOO cute, so I may end up grabbing the pattern anyway :)

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      Feb 19, 2011, 10.40 PMby emily-marie

      Hi & thanks for the compliment! The ties are functional, but not totally necessary. They close the gathered portion with elastic in it. If leaving them out, I would install the zipper a little higher and add a hook & eye. I would definitely recommend making a bodice muslin first on this one. You should make it!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 10.39 PMby ruthieburda

    I want one!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 09.48 PMby runningwithscissors1

    Very cute little dress! Nice work.

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    Feb 16, 2011, 02.05 PMby Lisette O

    Beautiful! The draping on the bodice is lovely and the fabric is so dainty.

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    Feb 16, 2011, 04.35 AMby Eva Fisher

    Looks fantastic! I love it as a halter, great choice!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 08.01 PMby pampula

    so cute, I love the fabric too:)

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    Feb 15, 2011, 05.53 PMby reneebies

    Your pleats look really good. I had a hard time adjusting mine to fit a small bust, and I ended up interfacing the crap out of it too!!

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      Feb 15, 2011, 10.43 PMby emily-marie

      AH that would be a giant pain to adjust all those pleats and darts! You got skillz. Can’t wait to see it!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 12.03 PMby groovymama

    Oh, it’s soooo cute….

    ~Trine (whos daugther is named Wilma)

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