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Clear as Mud-Cloth Dress

Added Mar 11, 2010

by benew

Vallejo, Califor...






The first dress I have ever made; the second garment I’ve ever done.
McCall’s (Butterick) B5317 “very easy” patterns, which ended up being one of the hardest things I have done in my life so far. Lined bodice, double pleated skirt, Invisible pockets, side zipper and I added the sash because alterations were outside of my skill level and it really worked out! McCall is crazy.

Material Notes

Linen for the skirt was PERFECT fabric for beautiful hanging pleats. _




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Romantic
Cotton, Blends, Linen, Rayon, Satin

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    Jun 28, 2010, 10.14 AMby Laura Jane

    amaziiiiiin <3

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    May 3, 2010, 04.22 AMby marloncosta

    WoW! This dress is really beautiful! Is it your second project ever? Unbelievable! Lining, zipper on the side… you must be a natural seamstress! Very talented!

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      May 3, 2010, 03.34 PMby benew

      (laughs) Omagash, thank you!

      No. Really. This was the most stressful thing I have ever done in my existence. I’m only really proud of it because I FINISHED. Everything else about it—that it turned out well—is an absolutely miracle to me.


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    Mar 26, 2010, 12.46 AMby pcvalery

    The fabric choice is beautiful and the pockets are so cute! I love how you photographed this

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    Mar 25, 2010, 11.15 AMby kuukkai

    So nice !! cute pic

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    Mar 25, 2010, 10.32 AMby tangerinetea

    SO gorgeous!! I want one! You are so clever.

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    Mar 24, 2010, 02.09 AMby tailyn23

    You did really well, and a great choice of fabric.

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    Mar 24, 2010, 01.19 AMby crstylestudio

    Fab!! For your first dress… Keep up the sewing…

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    Mar 23, 2010, 09.59 PMby gemaquaries

    This looks very beautiful on you!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 08.33 PMby cathysews

    Truely fabulous…great dress!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 06.25 AMby thesweetesthing1975

    You did so well. No one would believe this was the 1st dress you’ve ever made. :-)

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    Mar 21, 2010, 04.05 AMby zeisa

    I’m so excited to see your second dress!!!!!!

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    Mar 20, 2010, 05.18 PMby tschasta

    it looks great and it reminds me somehow on austrian traditional costumes called dirndl. with the üockets and the ribbon on the back

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      Mar 21, 2010, 02.05 AMby benew

      I had to look up dirndl when you mentioned it
      and I LOVE them!
      That would be such a great dress idea! Even with the apron front. Mmmm…modern interpretation, do we dare?


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    Mar 20, 2010, 04.30 AMby hellowest


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    Mar 19, 2010, 06.11 PMby peacenluv78

    great job!

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    Mar 19, 2010, 01.59 PMby ink

    Lady you are radiant in your dress. Gor—-geous! Love all the colour blocking and the print is so wonderful with your skin tone. Really beautiful, you look like you feel like a million dollars in that dress and you do! Congrat’s on your new dress!

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      Mar 21, 2010, 02.03 AMby benew

      Thank you so much!
      The dress you see was SOOOO hard
      but I think that gladness, that calm, was a mix of “thank God I finished” and “Spring. I thought you’d never come.”

      the kicker: I made it for a friend.
      and I hope she loves it as much as we do. _ My gratitude for your encouragement abounds.

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    Mar 18, 2010, 11.12 PMby metropolitanfrock

    Really cute. Great job on your first dress.

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    Mar 18, 2010, 04.38 PMby afiyfa

    great job.looks ver good on you.

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    Mar 18, 2010, 03.35 AMby shellidawn

    GREAT JOB!!!!

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    Mar 18, 2010, 02.42 AMby gonnange

    beautiful work :)

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      Mar 21, 2010, 02.04 AMby benew

      aw, thank you so much!!
      I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

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    Mar 17, 2010, 10.59 PMby simplyb

    you did a beautiful job.

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    Mar 16, 2010, 09.41 PMby storres56

    Lovely dress. The mud cloth fabric is so beautiful. Great job!

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    Mar 16, 2010, 08.03 PMby lauraisabel

    Wow, what an amazing job! Not only is the fabric combo gorgeous and the fit spot on (did you have to do adjustments? It fits so perfectly you must have or it was drafted just for you), but you look so happy wearing it :-) I must say, I’ve seen that pattern around a few times and never thought much of it as it was on the pattern envelope, but your foxy dress is definitely making me reconsider….

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      Mar 20, 2010, 12.57 AMby benew

      I DID have to adjust the dress! The thing is (even though it was my first dress ever) it was a gift for someone else, someone my size. When I finished, it was huge and I was in tears trying to figure out what in the world I was going to do. I couldn’t send that to her! But Providence showed up and provided me a Master’s Student of Merchandising at a coffee shop who took my dress and told me what to do right there. I did and THAT’S how it turned out. Hahaha, I think I’m more stunned than everyone else on Burdastyle! _

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    Mar 16, 2010, 03.49 PMby emmia

    aaaw it’s peeerfect!!

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    Mar 16, 2010, 03.38 AMby verypurpleperson

    Gorgeous dress and beautiful pictures!

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      Mar 16, 2010, 06.07 AMby benew

      aw, thank you so much! I really appreciate it. _

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    Mar 15, 2010, 10.23 PMby sunnyb64

    I’m so impressed that this is only your second project! It looks great.

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    Mar 15, 2010, 07.54 PMby Erin E

    Soo pretty! Blue and white is one of my favorite color combos!

    I featured your dress on my blog :)

    BurdaStyle Top Picks :: Week of 3/8-3/14

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      Mar 21, 2010, 06.11 AMby benew


      you guys are out of control!
      So much love!
      Haha, thank you so much!!

      Mudcloth seems underestimated when we think of “Spring”. I think we need to change that, ay? _

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    Mar 15, 2010, 06.43 PMby alisondahl

    Lovely dress, model & photos.

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    Mar 15, 2010, 11.32 AMby imogens

    Gorgeous… I love the fabrics you’ve chosen for this style. Well done – you look amazing in it!

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      Mar 15, 2010, 06.24 PMby benew

      omagash, thank you so much! Finding that fabric was a miracle. _

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    Mar 15, 2010, 09.11 AMby sengster

    Beautiful :) I love it.

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      Mar 15, 2010, 06.25 PMby benew

      Thank youuuuuu! _

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    Mar 15, 2010, 03.37 AMby pixelink

    loving your first dress, aswell brilliant styling and photos in the flower field.

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      Mar 15, 2010, 06.27 PMby benew

      Oh Thank You! I think the fields of mustard need my dress AND your Thai Fisherman shorts (jealllllouuuussssss). Were they hard to make?

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