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Bali jersey dress

Added Oct 2, 2013

by schnui

Brisbane, Australia






I made this dress to take to Bali in July. I had a wonderful holiday at a women’s retreat for 10 days. Yoga, massages, walks on the beach, shopping and sightseeing and this dress was perfect for most of it. This pattern is from Burda Style magazine 2/2013 #114




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    Nov 22, 2013, 09.49 PMby GULSEN GOKSEL

    It’s clear to see you love to sew. I hope to see on you.

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      Nov 23, 2013, 06.49 AMby schnui

      Thank-you. I must buy myself a tripod for my camera and then I will take photos of me in my clothes.

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    Oct 19, 2013, 02.06 PMby yenny lee

    Sorry for miss clicked schnui..i just wanna reply ur respond..its nice tho cos working with this kind of motifs also still difficult for me and u did it very well :D

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      Oct 20, 2013, 01.50 AMby schnui

      Thanks again yenny lee.

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    Oct 19, 2013, 11.10 AMby yenny lee

    This so lovely!! Are you really use sarung bali for this dress? I still cant believe it u made sarung bali looks so expensive :D i love this! :D

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      Oct 19, 2013, 11.59 AMby schnui

      Thank-you yenny lee. No, this dress is not made of sarongs but of jersey knit. I cannot wear sarongs because they always fall off me.

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    Oct 3, 2013, 11.40 AMby Innamc

    Great choice of fabric, the dress looks FAB! I am still thinking what to make dress or top. :-). I like your dress much more, then from magazine! :-)

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      Oct 3, 2013, 10.25 PMby schnui

      Thank-you so much for your sweet comment. I saw this fabric in my favourite fabric shop and quickly purchased it, not having any real idea what to make with it. This pattern really was meant to be for this fabric. If you make either the top or dress, I am sure you will be happy with both. Just don’t buy a jersey that is too heavy because the waterfall detail will roll forward, making the facing show.

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    Oct 2, 2013, 05.22 PMby Irina Schwab

    Jusy superb! Sounds like you had great time! Wow!

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      Oct 2, 2013, 10.57 PMby schnui

      Thank-you Irina. Yes, I did have a great holiday in Bali.

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    Oct 2, 2013, 04.44 PMby kisses

    Very lovely dress and fabric. The fabric is really perfect for the style

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      Oct 2, 2013, 10.57 PMby schnui

      Thanks Kisses. Yes, this fabric was perfect for this pattern. It wasn’t too heavy for the waterfall detail at the front. I think if the fabric is too heavy, the facing rolls forward.

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    Oct 2, 2013, 02.11 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely dress – and I can imagine you look beautiful in the dress. The fabric is colorful and cheers you up and I understand you had a great holiday :-) I have also made one of these, but yours is amazing :)

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      Oct 2, 2013, 10.55 PMby schnui

      Thanks so much Ellen for your very lovely comments. Summer is already here in Brisbane and this dress is going to get a lot of use. I am sure your dress is beautiful too; like everything you sew.

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      Oct 4, 2013, 08.54 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      Thank you so much – I will try to post my dress from Tenerife when we’re on holiday :) Cheers!

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    Oct 2, 2013, 09.52 AMby liliv-1

    A perfect dress my friend, another one to add in my wishlist! You have posted so many lovely things these days!

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      Oct 2, 2013, 10.03 AMby schnui

      There is more to come!! I am going to have to buy a tripod as my dummy isn’t true to size. Thanks for the comments on my Bali dress.

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      Oct 2, 2013, 10.12 AMby liliv-1

      This is so good to hear! You will post photos with your garments on, I can’ t wait to see them!!

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      Oct 2, 2013, 10.15 AMby schnui

      I am going to have to read the camera manual on how to take photos with the timer. Hopefully it will be easy.

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    Oct 2, 2013, 09.46 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    Lovely fabric choice! Did you have any problems with a gaping neckline from the weight of the fabric drape there, though? I looked at a similar pattern but was afraid to make it because of that (real or imagined) problem!

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      Oct 2, 2013, 10.07 AMby schnui

      Hi Stranger!! No problems with this jersey. It isn’t very heavy but it is very good quality and did exactly as it should. The only tricky thing was cutting it out on my cutting table which wasn’t quite wide enough. It wanted to run away all the time. I think you should give it a go as it is very cool and comfortable and Bali has a similar climate to Singapore. Hope you have been well and sewing lots.

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      Oct 2, 2013, 10.56 AMby The Tropical Sewist

      Sorry I’ve gone missing! Been a bit busy of late (and not just with dressmaking ;p ) and when that happens the interwebs is the first thing to drop off the schedule :((. I have hangups because when I try these lovely draped dresses on in shops, the first thing I notice is how they gape, and then I can’t wear them without fussing with inner layers! Admittedly the shop ones are mostly made with lightweight jersey or some cheap stretchy material, and the drape just makes them too heavy for the fabric. I contemplated reinforcing the neckline, but have no idea how to do it! Interfacing of course wouldn’t work for a knit.

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      Oct 2, 2013, 11.37 AMby schnui

      You can buy an interfacing that works well with jersey. It looks like webbing or like bandage webbing. It isn’t thick or stiff and gives stability to knit fabrics. You can buy it at Spotlight and I think you have a Spotlight in Singapore.

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    Oct 2, 2013, 09.26 AMby Anniemollison

    Hi Marjorie, this looks beautiful. Much nicer than all those sarongs! I can’t believe you made a dress for Bali too. We might start a new trend here.x

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      Oct 2, 2013, 10.10 AMby schnui

      Thanks Annie. I always make something for holidays and usually at the very last minute. This dress I did make in plenty of time but the night before I left, I decided I needed navy blue leggings to wear under my Tiramisu dress on the plane. I hate getting cold on planes. Guess what I had to quickly take off when I arrived in Bali!!
      PS: I can’t make a sarong stay on so I have to make cool dresses to wear.

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    Oct 2, 2013, 09.25 AMby velvetribbon

    Beautiful dress and fabric! I am sure you have a great time in Bali. I went there on August and I love the place so much:)

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      Oct 2, 2013, 10.13 AMby schnui

      Thanks so much once again Velvetribbon. I too love Bali and will definitely go back again. I really didn’t know what to expect when I went but it was so much better than I thought it would be. I didn’t stay near the major tourist resorts but near a very quiet beach.

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    Oct 2, 2013, 07.18 AMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress, i made one of these as well. Your holiday sounds like my idea of heaven. i bet you had a lively time and your beautiful dress must have recieved lots of compliments x

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      Oct 2, 2013, 07.25 AMby schnui

      Thanks Mary. You probably were the one who inspired me to make this dress and it was perfect for the holiday. I sweat quite a bit and Bali has high humidity, so I just would rinse this out and then hang it up overnight and it was ready to wear the next morning. No ironing required!!
      Have a look at this link.

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    Oct 2, 2013, 05.49 AMby janene

    Not sure what’s lovelier – the dress or the idea of that retreat! A perfectly lovely dress for the occasion in any case!

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      Oct 2, 2013, 07.22 AMby schnui

      That is so sweet of you Janene but really the retreat was amazing.
      Have a look at this link and it will give you a bit of an idea. Bali isn’t too far from Australia and it doesn’t always get a good wrap but I think that is due to most of the party going holiday makers that go there. But for me it was beautiful and the Balinese people were absolutely gorgeous.

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    Oct 2, 2013, 05.01 AMby rita61

    Lovely fabric print for this dress style. Hope you had a great holiday.

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      Oct 2, 2013, 07.18 AMby schnui

      Thank-you Rita, I had a wonderful time and came home very refreshed and relaxed. The massages were the best.

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    Oct 2, 2013, 01.16 AMby quiltsewsewsue

    Absolutely gorgeous! The fabric is perfect for this style. Your retreat sounds great!

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      Oct 2, 2013, 07.17 AMby schnui

      Thanks Sue and the retreat was wonderful. This is the link for you to see for yourself.
      It is owned by an Australian lady but women from all over go to it. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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