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Cleopatra's Summer Dress

Added Dec 26, 2011

by froggypondd

Hamilton, New Ze...






I absolutely loved this material when I saw it and I knew immediately what I would do with it – a one shoulder dress using the stripes and pattern to make a Cleopatra/Greek inspired dress.

My mother was the mastermind behind matching the stripes and cutting it out so that everything worked out (which is why I put the difficulty at advanced). I used a ball dress pattern from the December 2008 issue of Burda (#103B), just making it shorter and taking out the extra details such as the crystals they had put on the shoulder pleats. It was difficult finding a one shoulder pattern which wasn’t for a knit and I was lucky we had that issue of Burda.

I love the almost 50s style of the dress and the way it holds the pleats. The simple colour scheme of the material – white, brown and teal blue. I added an extra photo I had taken on my phone while the material was drying on the line to give an idea of the border print and how we used it. Because the hem was the selvage edge, we didn’t bother actually hemming it, so we could show the most of that large stripe.

Material Notes

Border print & zip.




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Classic, Other, Vintage

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    Dec 31, 2011, 10.58 PMby madebymeg

    love the fabric. you made great use of it!

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    Dec 28, 2011, 08.56 AMby poppykettle

    Great dress, lovely stripes – thanks for sharing!

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    Dec 26, 2011, 11.58 AMby lennert


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    Dec 26, 2011, 07.07 AMby schnui

    Your dress is so nice and so beautifully made, plus you look great in it. Well done.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 06.43 AMby AGoodWardrobe

    That is really lovely! Such a perfect fabric/pattern pairing.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 05.20 AMby sealtopaz


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