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Bib dress

Added Feb 25, 2010

by verypurplepe...

Tokyo, Japan






I’ve been wanting to make a bib dress, so when I knew about the Wenlan blouse pattern, I thought I can use it for my dress although my fabric is absolutely in different kind.

I omitted the tie collar (which was impossible anyway with my stiff fabric) and lengthened the pattern to make a dress. The embroidered cotton for the bib is a bit thin, so I lined it with plain cotton in broken white. The neckline was finished with bias binding, so were both of the armholes. I also added a pair of hidden pockets on the side seams because all dresses should have pockets!

The stiff fabric makes the dress really looks different than the original. I especially like the sleeves, they stuck out like a pair of shoulder pads or mini wings. Love this bib dress!

also blogged here

Material Notes

embroidered cotton, denim-like cotton/linen




Garment Type

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    Apr 11, 2013, 01.46 PMby littlewren

    I keep coming back to this dress! I love it! :)

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    Feb 3, 2011, 10.18 PMby vflsun

    Really nice. I especially like the fabric for the insert. Very pretty.

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    May 29, 2010, 02.33 AMby rikkib

    Love it! Do you have any tips on how to alter the pattern? I’d love to make one :)

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    May 29, 2010, 02.33 AMby rikkib

    Love it! Do you have any tips on how to alter the pattern? I’d love to make one :)

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      May 29, 2010, 10.00 AMby verypurpleperson

      Hi there! I just lengthen the pattern and omitted the tie collar. That’s just about it, not too many alteration :)

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    May 26, 2010, 09.21 PMby meseide

    As always: a really lovely dress! I wish it was mine. ;)

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    Mar 10, 2010, 08.20 AMby lybu

    lovely dress

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    Mar 7, 2010, 10.32 PMby sewtessuti

    I love this version.

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    Feb 28, 2010, 05.28 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    I simply love this dress! You really make the most beautiful things! I wonder if something like that would look good on me, being 88-67-92 and 177 cm tall.?

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    Feb 27, 2010, 12.56 PMby mrsevande

    This is AWESOME. i love it! You did a great job.

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    Feb 27, 2010, 09.50 AMby nikkishell


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    Feb 27, 2010, 02.50 AMby carolyn-s

    This is very cute, and I love the embroidered fabric used as a “bib”. Looks gorgeous with the deep red tights!

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    Feb 26, 2010, 08.16 PMby Geeky Seamstress


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    Feb 26, 2010, 06.46 PMby sockbuttons

    Love the dress, the fabric, and the tights!

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    Feb 26, 2010, 06.13 PMby robynemde

    Wow – darling dress, great fabrics!

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    Feb 26, 2010, 10.42 AMby kyliebicka

    I love this dress!!!!! I am soooo making one. you should sell it! Id buy it for sure. saves me sewing it

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    Feb 26, 2010, 09.06 AMby zozowahine

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO nice! You have such a great imagination to look at a top pattern in chiffon and invision a cotton dress like this!

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    Feb 26, 2010, 03.17 AMby nattyjane

    Looks very comfortable and pretty.

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    Feb 26, 2010, 01.53 AMby verypurpleperson

    Thank you for all the nice comments! I’m happy that this pattern turned out pretty as a dress!

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    Feb 25, 2010, 06.54 PMby susanne2011

    Adorable…as usual! Are you selling all your dresses? Otherwise I guess you should have a huge collection of dresses by now! :)

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      Feb 26, 2010, 01.51 AMby verypurpleperson

      I do sell some of my dresses, but most of them I keep for myself. My whole wardrobe is consisted of dresses (and tights) only!

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      Feb 26, 2010, 09.19 AMby susanne2011

      Awesome! And, honestly, what more do you need? ;)

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    Feb 25, 2010, 05.37 PMby kitzler

    This is a fantastic piece. I like the soft pattern on the white part. A truly lovely dress!!

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    Feb 25, 2010, 05.04 PMby bellamabella

    i would wear this every day of my life!!! i love it!

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    Feb 25, 2010, 04.24 PMby littlewren

    hey! really like this! adorable fabric choice and I adore these tights! (not as much as the dress, but they are adorable!)

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    Feb 25, 2010, 04.18 PMby lizah


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    Feb 25, 2010, 04.14 PMby johancel

    adorable! ; )

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    Feb 25, 2010, 03.18 PMby ginasophia

    Totally cute as usual. I was just looking through all of the patterns here on Burdastyle and wondered when someone would use this pattern and comment on it. I definitely wouldn’t have expected this, excellent modifications!

    Love the red tights too!!

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    Feb 25, 2010, 02.36 PMby 1teta

    this one is awesome :)))))

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    Feb 25, 2010, 01.39 PMby lustofthelibertines

    that’s dress is so gorgeous! i’m sewing a bib dress as we speak :) i’d never have thought to add gathers under the bib though! also – your tights are AMAZING

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    Feb 25, 2010, 01.28 PMby Natalia *

    this dress is so adorable. i was considering getting the wenlan blouse pattern but the price kind of turned me off of it, but seeing the versatility of the pattern, i am definitely getting it.

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    Feb 25, 2010, 01.12 PMby sewbissy

    Wow, I never would have pictured the Wenlan blouse in this stiff fabric, but it looks GREAT! So pretty!

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    Feb 25, 2010, 12.48 PMby embaby

    This is so sweet and lovely! What a great idea:)

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