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crazy cool sundress

Added Mar 16, 2012

by marnieann

Bungendore, Aust...






Pattern is Simplicity 2180 (view A with back of view D). Fabric is ‘Zambia’ a crazy cool fabric I had originally intended for a simple tank. A tank would have been a much safer option…but the dress is more fun. I cut slightly between sizes according to my measurements (a first for me) but still had to do pinning and altering to get the fit right. This dress was hard work for me, I really had to concentrate to work out how to get all the facings right, the print to match, the ZIP IN THE SIDE-SEAM POCKET (pretty proud of that) and placement of the pattern pieces as I really didn’t have enough fabric (hence creative direction changes in the skirt). It’s not perfect, obviously, but I still feel as if I really achieved something. Particularly as the instructions were not nearly detailed enough for someone with as little sewing experience as me. I think I will go back and re-do the hem by hand as I was impatient, did it on the machine, and it looks dodgy. Even for me. I’d like to make this pattern again with a more sedate fabric as despite the work it’s a lovely fit and very comfortable. I may do the version that includes a bow at the back. Hooray for more dresses!

Material Notes

‘Zambia’ cotton voile




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage

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    Mar 17, 2012, 01.35 PMby kerstika

    Wow, I really, really love this! And I think you chose a wonderful fabric for this project, too – it’s so cheerful! Also, a zip in the side pocket is a great idea. :)

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    Mar 16, 2012, 09.56 PMby zimbarus

    Your dress makes me happy! :)

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      Mar 17, 2012, 08.37 AMby marnieann

      Me too, thanks for saying so.

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    Mar 16, 2012, 08.22 PMby janul

    the fabric is so cool! love it!

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    Mar 16, 2012, 11.57 AMby efh1687

    this dress is so fun!

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    Mar 16, 2012, 10.46 AMby Ezzles

    Wow, this is gorgeous!

    I LOVE the bright colours. I would LIVE in this dress until it was threadbare if it were mine!

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      Mar 16, 2012, 11.06 AMby marnieann

      he he he, you’re ace.

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    Mar 16, 2012, 09.58 AMby TailorFairy

    I love the colors! Very well done :)

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      Mar 16, 2012, 10.08 AMby marnieann

      me too. I’m on a mission to brighten up my wardrobe.

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    Mar 16, 2012, 07.37 AMby Judit Gyapi

    I love this dress! Especially the fabric pattern and the skirt. (Sorry for my English, I am Hungarian. ) You did great job with this dress!

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      Mar 16, 2012, 09.34 AMby marnieann

      Thank you very much. It sure is fun to wear.

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    Mar 16, 2012, 04.36 AMby schnui

    I love your dress and it does look so bright and happy. Well done on making this dress and all the challenges you had with it. You look great in it-enjoy wearing your bright summer dress.

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      Mar 16, 2012, 04.47 AMby marnieann

      Thank you! You all always leave such lovely, supportive comments.

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