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Better Than Chocolate Dress

Added Nov 12, 2010

by sweetiepieba...

Chicago, Illinoi...






The silky ribbons of fabric that compose this dress remind me of ribbons on a chocolate box. As I was sewing flounce after flounce, that’s all I could think about. Gold boxes, brown ribbon.

Dresses with skirts composed with flounces are pretty popular right now. They’re short and flirty, full and girly… a whole lot of fun to wear! I really liked this dress on Modcloth. While their prices are pretty reasonable, I needed the dress asap and wanted to make some modifications so I didn’t look like I was going to a high school homecoming dance.

I made a couple of changes to the original design. I chose a fabric with a bit less sheen and in a more neutral color. I also eliminated the sash around the waist so that I could pair it with a belt or a cardigan, which is actually how I wore it. I love wearing dressy things, dressed down a bit. I removed the bow and pleating detail at the waist to simplify the design for myself.

The base of the dress was composed using Simplicity 4070. The bodice is really the only part I used as I’ve never sewn anything with boning before! I did a lot of research for the skirt of this dress. I googled every description for a vertical ruffle and nearly gave up when I came across the definition for a flounce. I was ecstatic to say the least! Once I had the directions to compose a flounce I knew I could make the dress become a reality. I can’t find the exact page I used at the time, but this one will help you in drafting a flounce for your skirt.

Read the rest and the flounce “how to” on my blog


Material Notes

crushed satin




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic

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    Mar 1, 2011, 07.57 PMby wonderlandalys

    This dress is amazing and just looks for professional! Your flounces (or are the ruffles? I’m confused now) are amazing. And its looks fabulous of your figure. Really well done!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 09.08 AMby cutemei

    Lovly dress, I love it!

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    Nov 15, 2010, 08.52 PMby honorroll

    This looks so good! I will be voting for you at the Copycat Challenge!

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    Nov 15, 2010, 12.30 AMby peaches2218

    How did you feel about Simplicity 4070, or at least what you used of it? I ordered it to modify the heck out of it to make my sister-in-law’s new year’s dress this year, pretty much for the same reason you used it. I need a good strapless base with boning! Would you recommend this one?

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      Nov 16, 2010, 01.25 AMby sweetiepiebakery

      I would! I think it’s a good pattern to use as a base. This is only the fifth dress or so I’ve ever made, so whatever that experience means to you ;)

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    Nov 14, 2010, 07.07 PMby carolinam

    wow i love it!

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    Nov 13, 2010, 11.42 AMby sweetiepiebakery

    thank you all for the lovely comments! :)

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    Nov 13, 2010, 05.54 AMby magdamagda

    wow you took it so seriously!;) great presentation and an awsome dress! I’m sure this design feels totally flattered that you had picked it and made it look so good in every way!

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    Nov 13, 2010, 05.49 AMby fabricaddict

    that’s such a beautiful dress! well done, it was worth all the effort – love those flounces!

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    Nov 13, 2010, 04.56 AMby nishavinod2009

    amazing! n hats off to ur persistence, hard-work-keep sewing girl!

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    Nov 13, 2010, 12.47 AMby cantare

    yes it is better than chocolate! how lovely and fun!

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    Nov 12, 2010, 09.07 PMby tilshmil

    Beautiful dress!

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    Nov 12, 2010, 08.05 PMby celinaj

    Amazing job!! I agree with squirrellypoo, it fits really well on the bodice. I love dresses like this, combining a bodice with a ruffled skirt results always on a very feminine dress but your choice of fabric and color was great, it gives a classy touch.

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    Nov 12, 2010, 07.26 PMby zaarissima

    what a wonderful dress! I love it very much!

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    Nov 12, 2010, 07.06 PMby kimboat

    wow it looks exactly like those gorgeous decorative rolls of chocolate! love it!

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    Nov 12, 2010, 06.23 PMby carottesauvage

    yum yum! Belgians should know better!

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    Nov 12, 2010, 06.14 PMby doudou

    waooooouuu princess chocolate dress !!! I realy like it !

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    Nov 12, 2010, 05.53 PMby carolesam

    oh wow its great weldone x

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    Nov 12, 2010, 05.45 PMby squirrellypoo

    ooh that’s lovely! Great fit on the bodice, too.

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    Nov 12, 2010, 05.29 PMby groovymama

    Wow, this is fantastic.

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