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Back to beat - let's hop, skip and jump!

Added Feb 2, 2011

by frkbustad

Bergen, Norway






This dress was surprisingly easy to make, and I guess that’s the joyful result of having a basic block that is nearly perfect! I altered the pattern from my basic block and was a clever girl and made a toile, just to make sure the pattern would work at all. The fabric is slightly stretchy, so the dress turned out a little too big at first. I did it the easy way, and just pinned the side seams, and adjusted the seams. The dress is still a little roomy around the waist, and together with the stretchy fabric it turned out that I could skip the zip! It feels like cheating! The drawback is that it won’t look good with the intended belt I was going to make, but I will sure make a second dress in a different material requiring a zip, and then the waistline may be tighter also.

With this dress, I can twist and shout, hop, skip and jump all night long.

I’ve been playing with Photoshop and DeviantArt.com. The above picture is generated with the Photoshop action HolgaRoid GENERATOR V1.0 COLOR by RawImage.

Material Notes

Some stretchy viscose/polyester




Garment Type
Classic, Preppy
Blends, Polyester, Rayon



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    Feb 2, 2012, 07.19 AMby bernieandi

    Nice :-) you look great in it!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 08.55 AMby apfelbluete

    Stunning! Did you see the pattern itself constructed? The fit deserves the highest praise! I can not understand it, that your dress so little attention from BurdaStyle and community got?

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      Feb 16, 2011, 03.58 PMby frkbustad

      Hehe, that’s life… I constructed the pattern myself. I’m thinking of presenting how I did it on my blog, just as an example of dart manipulation.
      The fit is good – I will admit, and even without the zip. That makes it extremely comfortable, as a matter of fact, since it’s quite loose around the waist…

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    Feb 3, 2011, 07.43 AMby zaarissima

    a great pattern!!

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    Feb 3, 2011, 06.40 AMby elisana

    I love all your creations, but this dress is my new favorite! Love the design, suits you very well

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      Feb 3, 2011, 08.34 AMby frkbustad

      Thank you! That’s very sweet. So far this is really one of MY favourites as well…

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    Feb 2, 2011, 11.19 PMby strawberrypancakesbykim

    I love the retro vibe of this dress!

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    Feb 2, 2011, 06.37 PMby irmchen

    You make me happy! :-) Great dress! Love the shape and absolut (!) everything of it!

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    Feb 2, 2011, 06.29 PMby cambra

    interesting princess seams! I like them a lot.

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    Feb 2, 2011, 06.09 PMby threadsquare

    I love this! The fabric is fabulous, and even if it is a little loose in the waist, you get to simply slip it on :) Yet another push for me to work on a basic bodice block.

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      Feb 3, 2011, 08.35 AMby frkbustad

      Having a basic block really helps me out! I like the fact that I can use it both for fitting a commercial pattern, and altering it to look like something I’ve seen. Extremely versatile!

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    Feb 2, 2011, 05.05 PMby mixtlii

    I love your princess seams and the neckline, it’s so sweet! Great surprize on the zipper ^^

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      Feb 3, 2011, 08.38 AMby frkbustad

      The minus-zip was too good to be true… The seams in front is actually not continuous princess seams, as there’s a gap at the bust point, but I guess it could work as princess seams as well. I preferred to have the edged look of the seams I have now to reflect the chequered fabric, instead of rounded dart curves.

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    Feb 2, 2011, 04.04 PMby Ywea

    the dress is nice and i love the pictures :)

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