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Black and White Summer Dress

Added Dec 30, 2009

by kiraph

Gloucester, Aust...






I just love how this dress turned out!

It is a bit of a shame that I won’t actually get to wear it. I made it for my sister-in-law. She is expecting her first (and my brother’s first) baby in early May and over Christmas was looking for a summer maternity dress. She didn’t have much luck finding anything, so I decided to make one for her.

This dress is actually based off 2 different dresses that I have myself. One I made the other I bought just before Christmas. Years ago I made myself a summer sun dress that had a shirred bodice and an a-line skirt, with simple tie straps. The one I bought has a similar top, but only shirred at the back but had 8 triangular panels for the skirt so it was really full. This 2nd dress was also strapless.

So I decided to mix the 2 together, and add wide straps. As the shirring elastic I have at the moment is pretty crap I just used regular 6mm flat elastic to gather the top. The top is lined and there is 5 rows of elastic in it. The dress is lined with a full circle skirt and the outer layer is made up of nine panels. This is going to allow lots of room for a growing baby belly. I used black eyelet lace to embellish the top of the dress. I also finished the edges with a rolled hem.

This dress would be easy to dress up or down, and can be worn when she is need of maternity clothes, and when she is back to her normal size after having the baby!

I have a tutorial in the works for this dress, so hopefully it will be up soon. :)

See ‘Easy-as Dress’ for instructions!

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Material Notes

Cotton voile, white poplin, 6mm flat elastic, eyelet lace.




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    Jan 3, 2010, 05.58 AMby kiraph

    I have put up a tutorial but it is in with my “Easy-as Dress”

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    Jan 2, 2010, 12.32 PMby jellybean

    Very pretty. And it looks cool and comfortable for your sister-in-law.

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    Jan 2, 2010, 11.33 AMby kiraph

    Thanks for your kind comments everyone. :) Bubbley74 I’m pretty sure it was some kind of cotton voile, it is lined with a white poplin underneath.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.00 AMby aubreydawn

    looks so comfy :)

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    Dec 31, 2009, 01.14 AMby judeb

    This is great, can’t wait for the tutorial

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    Dec 30, 2009, 03.50 PMby bubbley74

    This dress is really lovely you must make your self one.What material did you use ,it looks quite floaty.

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