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Based on Cate #7983

Added Jan 26, 2011

by sewtyme

Melbourne, Austr...






I made this as a quick project for a BBQ. I started it the night before and finished it off the next morning.

I started off just wanting to make the pattern the way it was, to keep simple and quick, but after finishing the shape, I found that it didn’t suit me, so I added a waist band to give it a little more shape.

I found the shoulder straps ‘wrong’ for me and they wouldn’t ‘sit’ without some work so I just didn’t bother.

Next Time:
I would take some time to make the shoulder straps work, the skirt was also really full,so I’d take some out and probably bone the top.

Material Notes

I used a light cotton blend fabric (red/orange with gold threads)
It’s fully lined with medium weight cotton
The bodice and waist band are also re-enforced with iron on lining (for shape)
40cm Invisible zip


Beach, Casual, Romantic

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    Aug 1, 2011, 03.16 PMby tirrs

    very lovely!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 09.25 AMby jodieclark

    I love this!

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    Jan 27, 2011, 05.10 AMby sewtyme

    Thanks everyone! The fabric looks way more dramatic in the photo. In real life it looks more like a cotton blend and far less ‘shiny’ ;)

    I hadn’t touched the machine in ages, but thanks to the nice comments I think I might drag out some more stuff and get back into it – thanks for the encouragement!

    If anyone is interested, the waistband shape is copied right off the bust lining (when I had already sewed it together and made it fit), it is 4cm wide (without seam allowance) at the narrowest part and is measured straight across. I cut the underbust shape off the top off the skirt, gathered it and sewed it back on.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 07.48 PMby Laura Chirita

    That’s what I call a great maxi dress!!! great job!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 06.20 PMby tmcguire

    You REALLY made me want to purchase this pattern. It was one of my least favorite but your remake is STUNNING!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 05.13 PMby asf

    I never gave a second look to the pattern before your dress. I love your waist band alteration and this particular dress looks great strapless. Well done.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.42 PMby mixtlii

    Looks beautiful, you did a great job!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 12.23 PMby zaarissima

    one night for this beautiful dress? Chapeau!!!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 11.59 AMby ghainskom

    THIs is what you wear to BBQ? Looks more like an evening dress to me! Looks really good and all in one night. Respect!

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