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Branch Division Dress

Added Jan 26, 2012

by threadsquare

Somerville, Mass...






So named after the original brand of this dress. The tag read “Branch, a division of Joshua Tree”. The theme over at the Sew Weekly was to find an inspiration garment and “make the look”. Here’s a quick rundown of how I got from the original 70s poly suit to my final dress:

Took off the skirt waistband and the 6″ CB zip, then stitched up the skirt where the zip was. Unpicked the sleeves, collar and the blouse CF placket. Because of the buttonholes, I had to trim one side of the placket. I turned the blouse around so that the CF was now in back, then stitched up the new CB seam, leaving an opening at the back. Due to the aforementioned buttonhole issue, it’s slightly off from the true center, but I’m okay with that. I marked a new neckline on front, then trimmed off the excess. Then stitched down shoulder pleats, followed by armscye pleats with button detail, harvested from the original blouse. This was to prevent gaping at the armscye, as there was no room to add darts where they’d traditionally belong. I turned the armscye under twice and stitched a narrow hem. I then made pleats on the front of the skirt, darts on the back. Next were darts on the back of the bodice, and then stitched bodice to skirt. Bias tape was made from a sleeve, and I stitched this around the neckline rather than make a facing. I then stitched the back keyhole and added a hook and French tack to avoid a zip. The final step was to stitch the original waistband closed, then add a second buttonhole. I tacked this down on the CB, and added two buttons from my stash to the front. I was lucky to find two matching buttons in the right size/color! The original garment only had one button (from the waistband) in the correct size, and the remainder were smaller from the blouse. The “belt” can unbutton, allowing the dress to slip over my head. Huzzah!

A few more photos can be found on my blog

The inspiration piece is the My Favorite Mod Dress on ModCloth

Material Notes

thrifted polyester skirt & blouse, several sizes too small; 2 stash buttons




Garment Type

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    Feb 13, 2012, 12.32 AMby nessys

    What you have done with this is just FANTASTIC Darling – just fab! The wonderful fabric alone was worth it – love those colours together and they look great on you! Well done! xxxx

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    Jan 31, 2012, 01.28 AMby threadsquare

    Oh hey! I haven’t checked in for a couple days. Thanks for all the kind words, BurdaStylers!!! This project was so much fun :)

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    Jan 29, 2012, 03.49 AMby urbandon

    Brilliant remake.

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    Jan 28, 2012, 11.44 AMby libra-s

    Wow!!! Fantastic job!

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    Jan 28, 2012, 06.18 AMby smallone

    awesome-ness – love a good upcycle…and this is great!

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    Jan 27, 2012, 10.53 AMby claudinka

    Amazing refashioning. Just amazing.

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    Jan 27, 2012, 07.42 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    wow! i am really impressed what you did with this old fashioned 2 pieces!

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    Jan 27, 2012, 06.11 AMby peppit

    Congratulations!!!! Excellent job in matching up the stripes, sooooooo perfectly, on all seams. Now that’s why some of us just sew and others create!!

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      Jan 31, 2012, 01.29 AMby threadsquare

      I can’t take credit for the skirt seams, as I used them in their original form :)

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    Jan 26, 2012, 10.19 PMby janul

    love it!

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    Jan 26, 2012, 10.07 PMby aileenc

    Great stuff altogether! Really love what you did with the chevron for the skirt, looks cool :)

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    Jan 26, 2012, 09.38 PMby mollykatherine

    I’m super impressed with your refashioning skills! it turned out perfect!

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    Jan 26, 2012, 09.24 PMby elisana


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    Jan 26, 2012, 07.55 PMby Andrea Delesdernier

    Nice work.

  • Missing

    Jan 26, 2012, 06.08 PMby MXG

    It looks comfortable and fun. It takes a good eye to envision such a wow dress out of so ugly original.

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    Jan 26, 2012, 06.03 PMby Kazmoda

    Absolutely beautiful!

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    Jan 26, 2012, 05.33 PMby machelefranklin

    I love it !

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    Jan 26, 2012, 05.26 PMby jacquipardue

    wow, well done! it looks fantastic. i like the colors!

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    Jan 26, 2012, 05.17 PMby Ljiljan

    It is fascinating,magical look on you :)

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