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02/2011 Dress - My adaptation!

Added Sep 14, 2011

by hand-quilter

Newcastle, Austr...






This was a very interesting sewing experience for me. Firstly, the pattern only includes the pieces for the bodice, which allows the sewer to make the skirt how they wish. I liked this idea, but felt a bit uneasy about doing anything too tricky due to my pear shaped body and lack of pattern-drafting skills. I decided as the fabric was light I would make a simple gathered skirt.

The most interesting thing for me however, was that I actually got the dress finished! No, not because I might have procrastinated slightly, but because almost to the very last stitch I just did not like it. If this had been a project I was making on my own, there is a very good chance it would never have been completed. But being part of a sew-along really made me stick with it. About 1 hour into the sewing I decided I hated the fabric pattern. About 1 hour and 30 minutes into the sewing I decided I hated the pattern. What I had in front of me looked like a pinky-red, funny shaped pile of yuck.

But I persevered and when I put it on I thought “that actually doesn’t look too bad”. Granted it is not a dress I would wear out to dinner, but in the warmer weather later this year it might get a few trips to the beach or park. I am yet to decide if I want to make a belt for this dress, if I do decide to I will post a tutorial.


  • Did not use a lot of paper to print on the home printer.
  • The bodice was very easy to construct.
  • I like that the skirt is not included.
  • The bodice is simple and I didn’t need instructions.


  • The neckline is low – so would not suit everyone.
  • I changed my zipper to a centre back one.

Visit me at hand-quilter.blogspot.com to keep up with my sewing adventures :-)

Sam xox




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    Apr 19, 2012, 04.12 PMby Veela33

    Fun you had reservations about the dress. Saw the pic and I loved it. and it fits you so great. But see what you mean. I’ll have to raise the neckline…else it’ll be a bit too daring for any day wear

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    Feb 21, 2012, 03.49 PMby aeira

    Looks great ! nice model- fits you perfectly !

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    Sep 17, 2011, 11.13 PMby linen1

    This, to me, is the quintessentially perfect dress. It reminds me of a Ralph Lauren Vogue Pattern that I purchased in 1981 that was dubbed the Nantucket Sundress. It’s nice to see that the silhouette is timeless! Must make! Enjoy wearing it. You rock it!

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    Sep 16, 2011, 03.35 AMby supercalla

    I dig this. Im inspired to make one to just romp around in. Looks comfy but still cute :D

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    Sep 15, 2011, 01.30 AMby x0marmar0x

    i love the shape of the neckline and i think it looks just beautiful on you. nicely done!

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    Sep 15, 2011, 01.17 AMby dansedelafleur

    The dress is gorgeous! And you look great in it :)

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    Sep 14, 2011, 10.03 PMby janene

    I think you are being far too hard on yourself! The fabric is lovely and the colour really suits you. Its very well fitted and a classic vintage style which makes it easy to dress up or down. Bravo! I think you did a lovely job and you should wear it at every opportunity!! :-)

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      Sep 15, 2011, 10.07 AMby hand-quilter

      Thank you! Yes it has grown on my and I wore it out to a farmers market last week – and I enjoyed wearing it, so yes it has definitely grown on me :-)

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    Sep 14, 2011, 09.02 PMby LimeSoda

    The fabric’s print showcases your detailed sewing, along with the fit of the dress, to such great effect.

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      Sep 15, 2011, 10.08 AMby hand-quilter

      The fabric was chosen with an autumn theme in mind. I think it is a beautiful fabric for autumn, it was just a colour I had to get used to :-)

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    Sep 14, 2011, 06.17 PMby Emeraldstar

    i like the neckline, despite what you say. trust me, there are enough women out there who like to show off the girls.

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      Sep 15, 2011, 10.06 AMby hand-quilter

      Haha! You cracked me up. I am sure this is very true. :-)

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    Sep 14, 2011, 01.38 PMby turtlegirl00

    i think it is a great dress—it fits great and looks professional!! :) great job!

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