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A Sweet Dress for the Hot and Sticky

Added Oct 29, 2010

by seersuckersally

Philadelphia, Pe...






I made the pattern using the principles outlined in Cal Patch’s excellent book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified. Her directions are so easy to follow, that after having some success with her suggested first project- an A-line skirt, I felt confident enough to design this number for a July wedding. Being that the heat was at its most oppressive peak and my dressiest shoes are burgundy pumps, I had the following criteria for its design:

1) Something that doesn’t show sweat
2) Something with a halter top
3) Not too form fitting, but not a mumu
4) Something light blue or pinky beige.

I put in the last stitches just a couple hours before it was time to leave. Realizing I was out of hem tape, I found a piece of ribbon to use instead. After sewing it on, I realized I liked it and decided to keep it exposed instead of turning it under.




Garment Type
Casual, Evening Wear
Cotton, Eyelet, Polyester, Rayon, Satin, Silk

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    Oct 29, 2010, 08.32 PMby cherwinamy

    Is there a zipper up the back? (I don’t have the fabulous book you mentioned, but am punting some patterns myself.) You did an amazing job. Kudos!

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      Oct 30, 2010, 10.15 AMby seersuckersally

      Thanks, Cherwinamy! There is an invisible zipper at the side seam. Let me know if there are any books or websites on patternmaking that you’ve found useful.

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    Oct 29, 2010, 08.17 PMby runningwithscissors1

    Nice dress! Actually, I quite like ribbon hems for skirts and dresses. They are so easy to do too!

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    Oct 29, 2010, 05.38 PMby redslippers

    looks great! comfortable but elegant. i really have to get this book, i’ve heard so many great reviews.

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