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B & W Shift Dress

Added Nov 8, 2010

by owlache

Montreal, Canada






This dress is c o m f o r t a b l e!

I altered the Built By Wendy shift dress in the Dress’ book by adding 1 1/2" flare on the sides from the hem to the arm. I also divided the pattern and added seam allowances for the color blocking. I reaallly tried to be precise for this one!

I also experimented with finishing techniques, which I need to work on..

Material Notes

Black fabric is cotton, white is wool; both second-hand.




Garment Type
Cotton, Wool

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    Nov 11, 2010, 03.21 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Cute, love the colour blocking, I think it woudl look great with a belt too, it looks quite versatile, nice work :)

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    Nov 10, 2010, 09.59 AMby fridayjuly

    this is fabulous! i love it!

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    Nov 8, 2010, 09.14 PMby melindalouise

    very cute!

    And I agree with Kana, its definately time to bring out some awesomely bright tights

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    Nov 8, 2010, 09.05 PMby szarlotka

    Very nice! :)

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    Nov 8, 2010, 08.33 PMby sewenggirl88

    Very cute concept! I agree with Popbabe7, Emma Peel from the Avengers would definitely wear something like this

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    Nov 8, 2010, 07.49 PMby mahaila

    Really love the black and white. I like that it is not perfectly symmetrical as well. Nice work!

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    Nov 8, 2010, 04.38 PMby popbabe7

    This is something Emma Peel from the Avengers could have been wearing! Fab dress!

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      Nov 8, 2010, 10.12 PMby owlache

      I just looked her up, she’s wicked!!

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    Nov 8, 2010, 04.17 PMby puffling

    Ummm….I live in Montreal and I am making a very similar dress right now too….let’s hope we don’t run into each other! Or if we do, we will immediately recognize one another :)

    Actually, mine is blocked white, black and houndstooth (I know, I watch too much Project Runway and I loved Mila Hermanovski’s colour blocking).

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      Nov 8, 2010, 09.20 PMby owlache

      That’s funny! It was my first time color blocking and I LOVED it! It will be hard to stop……

      I love Mila too!

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    Nov 8, 2010, 03.30 PMby kana

    very unique and cool! I love the contrast between the curvy hem and the straight line that divides black and white. I’d wear it with bright colored tights ;-) Great job!

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