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Belated Valentines Day Heart Dress

Added Mar 19, 2010

by nookie

Kelvin Grove, Au...






This should have been quick and easy to make but I decided to make a few adjustments (that I then undid) and hence it took me two weeks to complete and caused quite a bit of frustration for myself. However, I am really pleased with the outcome and am eager to make another – without the sleeves and with piping. Mum also wants this dress!
I used a Butterick 80’s pattern. The size 6 was cut out but as it was a loose fitting dress and I wanted a more fitted look, the only adjustment needed was a few tucks in the front. In the end the sleeves suggested (one of the reasons I bought the pattern) just didn’t look good in the yellow fabric (too stiff) so I shortened them. I also added contrasting fabric pockets and the pleated collar (it was one of the sleeves I didn’t end up using). The skirt was the easiest part of the dress and I love the combination of pleats and gathers. I plan to make a high waisted skirt using this pattern. Hope you like.

Material Notes

cool spotlight fabric. I know a lot of people don’t like spotlight but they have great prints and I can afford the fabric. I don’t make clothing to last forever.




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    Dec 8, 2010, 07.59 AMby nishavinod2009

    very nice! the pleats look very good!

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    Nov 8, 2010, 02.47 PMby katie2belts

    Love the fabric, I may have to go for a hunt in Spotlight to see if they still have any! Love the collar detail, perfect dress for spring!

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    May 21, 2010, 06.04 PMby loulourosa

    This is a verry nice dress, I like the way you use the two fabrics together!

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    Mar 20, 2010, 01.57 PMby candyjoyce

    you look fabulous in this, i love it.

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    Mar 20, 2010, 12.34 PMby louiseq

    I love this dress!One of my favourite things I’ve seen on here!

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    Mar 20, 2010, 09.02 AMby stitchywitchy

    The back is so cute with the buttons! Love the print too!

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    Mar 20, 2010, 03.18 AMby rifka

    Very sweet. The end result looks more 50’s apron/pinafore dress to me than 80’s. That’s a good thing! Well done.

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      Mar 20, 2010, 07.43 AMby nookie

      Thanks. It’s been a while since I’ve made something I really love. It was worth the frustrations.

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    Mar 20, 2010, 12.14 AMby nettie

    That is so cute! I love the print and the buttons up the back!

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      Mar 20, 2010, 07.44 AMby nookie

      The print is great. I’m glad I bought it when I did as I haven’t seen any of it since. The buttons are from my grandmothers stash – she had good taste

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