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Autumn Sweetheart

Added Feb 16, 2011

by madebymeg

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As I’ve said before , you can never have too many pretty dresses. My coworker calls them “night time clothes.” Generally my night time uniform involves flannel and sweatpants (currently wearing), but when you’re out with the girls you need something fun!

I first made a dress like this for my graduation . When I saw the Macaron pattern all I could think about was a sheer yoke balanced against the sweetheart neckline. At the time I couldn’t find many good pictures of that type of garment, but I knew I had seen it somewhere. Now it is popping up a lot, including American Apparel, Asos, Urban Outfitters, and on celebrities. In the sewing world, you can check out the Wenlan Blouse, and I got some recent inspiration from fifuzz.

This dress I pulled together from remnants and a patchwork of different patterns. I used Wash-Away Wonder Tape to fold the raw edges of the bodice under, and then again to position it on the yoke. The sleeves I stumbled upon by accident after I realized that one looked different than the other and realized I had sewn it on upside down! I liked the fluttery look of the upside down one better and repositioned the other that way.

If the fabric looks familiar, that’s because I used the mesh for a dress for my cousin’s wedding.

Material Notes

cotton lycra knit + mesh remnants




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic
Knits/Jersey, Other



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    Jan 22, 2012, 04.59 PMby shkoober

    is the sheer fabric stretch? I’ve been meaning to make a dress with knit and a sheer top like this, but am afraid to blend a stretch with a non stretch, and can’t find stretch mesh/lace for under 15$/m any where…I love your color combination here, really stellar dress! kudos girl

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      Jan 22, 2012, 08.44 PMby madebymeg

      thanks! the mesh is stretch, and i got it for <$5 a yard. i think spandexworld online might have some options, but i got mine at a local shop. i’d love to see your final product!

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    Jun 19, 2011, 12.21 PMby fabricaddict

    This dress is really beautiful! Did you just sew a tiny hem on the neckline of the chiffon?

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      Jun 19, 2011, 04.03 PMby madebymeg

      I made a dress once before in this style and found it was better to just leave it unhemmed. The fabric is a sort of mesh so it doesn’t unravel, and so if you cut it nice and clean it can save the headache of trying to hem :)

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    Mar 2, 2011, 05.00 PMby wonderlandalys

    Such a flattering dress! But then, you have a great figure to show it off on. Really pretty dress and very individual.

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    Feb 17, 2011, 03.59 PMby neama

    Well done! That dress looks fab on your, and I adore the sleeves

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    Feb 16, 2011, 10.05 PMby fashionista2407

    I had to stop and look at this photo because I adore this dress! It looks great on you

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    Feb 16, 2011, 06.53 PMby Marina von Koenig

    very sexy dress! congratulations

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    Feb 16, 2011, 04.08 PMby carolinat

    pretty! I love the story of the sleeves.

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    Feb 16, 2011, 11.26 AMby pernille

    So pretty! Love the sweetheart neckline combined with the sheer fabric. And you are so right: You can never have too many pretty dresses :)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 07.10 AMby topsi89

    Looks great! Good work :)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 05.13 AMby flynnflynn

    This is really lovely – nice job!

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