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Butterflies on… Camelia!!!

Added May 22, 2013

by cris orange

Vienna, Austria






This is my first „order“!
My dear friend Camelia had a 10 years old Zara dress, that she still loved and couldn´t separate from it. She hoped in secret to find one day someone who would be able to copy this dress. The famous tailors in Thailand weren´t able… As she noticed that I began to sew, she smelt her chance… and I accepted the challenge!

So we went together to my favourite fabric store in Vienna and she chose the fabric: a thin fine cotton with butterflies print, together with cotton lining and some lace.

I didn´t want to destroy the original dress, so I copied the pattern as good as I could.
The darts were at the beginning a little geometrical challenge, but this was quickly solved.
The rest went smooth, without problems – the mere pleasure!

At the end the dress is a very little bit too tight, but this is because the prototype is also too tight and my dear friend didn´t want to come for a second fitting – after the first fitting she meant it would be ok and I shall go on.
Anyway, she seems happy with her new dress – and her dog Bella wanted absolutely to appear on the pictures too (but she still needs sunglasses :-))

Well, I also like this dress so much, that now I MUST have one too! Fabric is already bought… and of course I couldn´t resist not to take some pictures with the Camelia-dress, of course for me it is still tighter an shorter – but I feel this length as very comfortable…

See also the second version of this dress:
My favourite holiday dress

Material Notes

Cotton, Zipper, Lace




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Romantic

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    Aug 10, 2013, 08.19 AMby nata-ta-ta

    Beautiful dress! My daughter will not be able to resist, I’m sure! :-)

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      Aug 10, 2013, 09.33 AMby cris orange

      no problem, is rather easy to sew… I also made a pattern :)

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    Jun 17, 2013, 09.46 PMby SassyT

    Love this and have posted it on my Sassy Sewing Bee’s facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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      Jun 17, 2013, 09.51 PMby cris orange

      Thank you Sassy!

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    May 23, 2013, 05.43 PMby Angie H

    such a sweet dress.. the slip/lining is adorable.

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    May 23, 2013, 09.06 AMby SassyT

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    May 23, 2013, 05.32 AMby Mary Athey

    this is gorgeous cris, i love how you made the copy. can i ask what that green grid thing is you use?? is it a cutting mat? I love your photos as well and the dress is stunning on both of you. fabulous work as always. i can’t wait to see your next one , oh and the fabrics so pretty feminine and suits this style down to a t xx

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      May 23, 2013, 10.43 AMby cris orange

      thak you mary! the green thing is a cutting mat indeed, the biggest I could find 60×90cm, great thing! I bought it at naehpark.com

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    May 22, 2013, 09.37 PMby Helguchi

    What a fab fabric! Love it! The dress is beautiful and charming. I don’t think it looks too tight on you, maybe a little too short but definitely not too tight. You look great! By the way. Love your shoes!

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      May 22, 2013, 09.48 PMby cris orange

      Thank you so much, I’m very happy you like “my” dress!. But I like that length on me, because so one can better see the shoes – well, yes, I’m crazy about shoes :-)

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    May 22, 2013, 08.56 PMby liliv-1

    Oh my God! This is LOVELY!!! Where do you find all these fabrics?

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      May 22, 2013, 09.02 PMby cris orange

      From Komolka in Vienna… See www.komolka.at, they also have an online shop, but not all fabrics are online. Or you come to visit Vienna :) or I can send it to you :)

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      May 22, 2013, 09.15 PMby liliv-1

      Thanks chris! I bookmarked the site….all your fabrics are so gorgeous!

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