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canaries and bows dress

Added Jun 26, 2010

by tinybows

Philadelphia, Pe...






I whipped out another dress last night. I’m starting to feel like a dress machine these days.

This is probably my favorite project thus far. It combines elements of pretty retro 60s party dresses with an edgy punk rock feel like a cut out back and exposed chunky zipper.

This dress was originally a king size bedsheet from the 70s, believe it or not. I found it at a local thrift store for $3, which a good price, considering what I would have paid for that much yardage in broadcloth at a fabric store, when it’s $3.99 for one yard!

I designed this dress myself. I used an existing dress I have for the cutout guideline, I essentially just traced the shape onto vellum paper and then transferred that onto the pattern I drew for the bodice. The bodice front consists of three fully lined pieces sewn together. The back consists of four. The top back closes with a button and then I covered that with a large bow. The front bodice actually didn’t fit me the way I had originally planned (I don’t have a dress form, sadly) so I ended up making pleats in the front, which added a neat structured element to the overall design.

I love this dress!!!




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Rock, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends

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    Apr 7, 2011, 07.11 PMby tirrs

    Its give my the feeling its summer!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 06.21 PMby aleah

    SO perfect!! I wish I didn’t look awful wearing yellow. Amazing.

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    Nov 18, 2010, 02.41 PMby iamrotkappchen

    awww!! this is amazing and so cute!! and the color just oh-my!! love it!

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    Jul 8, 2010, 08.18 PMby anniekmcn

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    That is a description of me when I saw this dress! Fantastic work, I love the colour, and the back detail is so cool. I cannot promise that a copycat dress won’t appear in my wardrobe in the near future!

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    Jul 1, 2010, 03.26 PMby raggs2riches

    What an awesome dress! Perfect for summer.

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    Jul 1, 2010, 03.21 PMby grosgrain

    Love the back detail! And hey, I have those shoes too:)

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    Jul 1, 2010, 03.21 PMby grosgrain

    Love the back detail! And hey, I have those shoes too:)

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    Jun 30, 2010, 09.36 AMby Louise Player

    Lovely! I’m going to try and make a dress with a back like this now… :-)

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    Jun 29, 2010, 06.45 PMby katriniella

    So so cute—all the elements come together so well! This dress just punches you in the face with awesomeness. In a good way. It looks great!

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    Jun 29, 2010, 05.44 AMby 00001

    Awesome! The back is just beautiful :)

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    Jun 29, 2010, 02.47 AMby petitmoutonbleu

    uuuuuu jealousss of the dress absolutely!

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    Jun 28, 2010, 10.59 PMby rifka

    My goodness, your a busy girl! Nothing makes me happier than a yellow party dress. The bow detail is great.

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    Jun 28, 2010, 02.18 PMby seussian

    woah. This is astoundingly awesome. I love the color and the cutout back and the bow and the- I love it all. God bless you, MGJ

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    Jun 28, 2010, 11.07 AMby lucaltd

    Fabulous :)

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    Jun 27, 2010, 08.41 PMby eugeniaofthewasps

    Really spectacular dress! I love it! I am so swayed by yellow right now…

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    Jun 27, 2010, 07.04 PMby holasoylulu

    what a lovely dress!! and a great colour!

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    Jun 27, 2010, 01.13 PMby rebeccalady

    i love love love the back detail<3 and the color! looks great on you :)

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    Jun 27, 2010, 02.19 AMby Ophelia K

    It’s sweet! I like the back open plus bow combination. Also the fabric is amazing!

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    Jun 27, 2010, 01.27 AMby curdis

    Very striking! I love the “yellowness” of this dress.

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    Jun 26, 2010, 10.18 PMby Denise Angela

    I love your dress too! great idea for the bodice I have been having the same problem with a dress Im makiking – I will try your pleats idea. I also like the back and the exposed zipper.

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    Jun 26, 2010, 09.40 PMby missdandy

    Love the open back with the bow! Vintage bedsheets are a fantastic source of fabric – what a lucky find!

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    Jun 26, 2010, 05.48 PMby prairieponygirl

    Amazing! I love the color! I agree with ashchaser. Wonderful job and wonderful pattern.

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    Jun 26, 2010, 05.29 PMby ashchaser

    You should be going to dinner parties or making people jealous at art shows with this dress, its awesome! I love that it was an old sheet with a new life, and I am glad to hear you are a dress machine too!

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      Jun 26, 2010, 05.39 PMby tinybows

      Thank you! <3

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