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A Girlish Dress

Added Mar 26, 2011

by venusop

Tucson, Arizona,...






A dress inspired by my childhood idea of what a dress should be. Pink, full skirted, polka-dotted, a sweetheart neckline with a bow, and hidden pockets (which I forgot to photograph).

The skirt portion was made with two layers, the pink fabric and a white cotton lining with a triangle trim, and gathered.

The top was based off of Miasu’s contour bust dress, but I modified the back so it wasn’t so low—more of a retro style, and altered the length.

I trimmed everything with white bias tape.

There are some problems with it, but for my first real sewing project, without any real pattern, I’m happy with it.

Material Notes

Pink polycotton print
Bias tape




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Preppy, Romantic, Vintage


Contour Bust Dress

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    Aug 16, 2011, 12.21 PMby Stinkypanda

    love it

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    Apr 5, 2011, 08.25 PMby lullith74

    I love this. It is perfect for sprin and so fun.

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    Apr 4, 2011, 03.00 PMby Roselisus

    Whauw! love it, love it, love it!

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    Apr 4, 2011, 03.03 AMby mnavoy

    this is so beautiful! you did such an amazing job!

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    Apr 3, 2011, 05.12 PMby amn-1

    WoOoOoW ..too fashinable dress

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    Apr 3, 2011, 04.06 AMby dilshadburman


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    Apr 1, 2011, 10.48 PMby shirosh

    So cute(:

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    Apr 1, 2011, 07.38 PMby sweescent

    A lovely summer dress! Very feminine; @Lei – cute right?
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    Apr 1, 2011, 02.35 PMby miasu

    I am so thrilled to see this project featured! It really is precious, I’m glad I could help your first dress come to fruition. It’s really incredible—I’ll admit heartedly that I’m mortified by my first attempt at a dress. Weirdly enough, I’m actually working on a dress right now that is really similar—with an awesome, full skirt! Anyway, I absolutely love your dress :)

    (and let me go ahead and apologize for the quality of that pattern >.<)

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      Apr 1, 2011, 10.57 PMby venusop

      That pattern was great! I had tried to draft my own but it didn’t fit right under the bust—your pattern helped me so much. So, thank you! :)

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    Apr 1, 2011, 02.25 PMby tashmopolitan

    It looks lovely on you! Great job!

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    Apr 1, 2011, 01.03 PMby hajnika

    Such a great and beautiful dress!Nice job!

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    Mar 28, 2011, 06.56 PMby venusop

    Wow! Thanks for all the positive feed back everyone. :)

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    Mar 27, 2011, 08.57 PMby Olivia Anne


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    Mar 27, 2011, 11.05 AMby claudeb

    Why…it’s just lovely…great job and it looks great on you!

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    Mar 27, 2011, 10.07 AMby kittelisa

    So cute! The fabric it’s perfect and really suit you. Love it!

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    Mar 26, 2011, 03.45 PMby wonderlandalys

    Now I want to drink tea and eat cake.

    I love the fullness of the skirt and the bodice fits you really well. Very flattering.

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    Mar 26, 2011, 01.49 PMby aluckmann

    Just perfect!

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    Mar 26, 2011, 12.44 PMby maribug

    thats GORGEOUS! and you are stunning :)

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    Mar 26, 2011, 11.03 AMby dian 1024

    Wow.. Wow.. Wow..

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    Mar 26, 2011, 09.01 AMby salvia

    So cute! The little girl in me wants one too.

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    Mar 26, 2011, 08.25 AMby Andreyka

    Gorgeous, girly and cute! Love it

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    Mar 26, 2011, 06.56 AMby lennert

    Very cute!

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    Mar 26, 2011, 06.48 AMby TeaNie Md Zain

    Really nice job and pretty dress

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    Mar 26, 2011, 06.08 AMby janene

    So lovely. Amazing for a first real sewing project! I look forward to seeing some more of your work :-)

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    Mar 26, 2011, 05.36 AMby Gina Marquis

    This is so adorable!

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    Mar 26, 2011, 05.20 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    there is no way you couldnt have a fun time or not be happy in this dress!

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