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Curtain ruffle dress

Added Oct 19, 2010

by morganelle

Seattle, Washing...






I found two matching linen Pottery Barn curtains at the Goodwill and was hoping against hope I’d have enough for this dress (Simplicity 2497, Cynthia Rowley)! I’d made a muslin before, and shaved off a size on the bodice – sounds like other people who’ve done this project have had to do the same. If I make the dress a second time, I think I’d make the bodice even more streamlined. I shortened the hem considerably and used my blind hem foot for the first time.

Even though it’s a bit summery, I’m excited enough about this dress to warm it up with tights and boots for the fall/winter!

Material Notes



Spring, Summer, Fall

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    Oct 22, 2010, 07.06 PMby marissaismyname

    I made this dress in brown satin for my brother’s wedding – the bridesmaid was very very tall…


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    Oct 21, 2010, 10.11 AMby kmaxa

    WOW! Amazing, thanks for the inspiration.

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    Oct 20, 2010, 02.19 PMby magdamagda

    beautiful! all the compliments are already taken!!!!

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    Oct 20, 2010, 04.11 AMby kelepso

    Beautiful dress. Love the fabric. I would have never thought it was once a curtain. It looks so modern and the ruffles are adorable.

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    Oct 19, 2010, 10.12 PMby Syrena B

    Great dress!! No way that was made out of good will curtains!! Awesome job!

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    Oct 19, 2010, 09.19 PMby nutmeg1

    I love this dress in linen!

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    Oct 19, 2010, 07.20 PMby emily-marie

    the crumpled feel of the fabric is just perfect. I bought this pattern for $1 a couple months ago… it might be nearing time to put it to use!

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    Oct 19, 2010, 05.34 PMby skwarynia

    Love the ruffles! What was the shape of it before, and what length?

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      Oct 19, 2010, 06.50 PMby morganelle

      Thanks! The shape was wider/boxier in the bodice, and fell below the knees.

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    Oct 19, 2010, 03.36 PMby prairieponygirl

    Gorgeous dress. I am going to have to try this pattern. Your color choice is beautiful! And, the dress is REALLY beautiful. Great job!

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    Oct 19, 2010, 09.33 AMby anaalves

    love the dress! I´m so impressed that you have reused some thing that had been discarded, it makes the whole project twice as special.

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    Oct 19, 2010, 09.15 AMby kimiffu

    gotta say it again.. the ruffles are so sweet :)

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    Oct 19, 2010, 07.31 AMby judabra

    Stunning! Love the ruffle detail.

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    Oct 19, 2010, 06.06 AMby littlewren

    I have been eyeing this pattern for about a week. I live in China so it takes real commitment to a pattern to get it bought and mailed to me… and this dress convinced me! I’m gonna ask for it for Christmas! Love this dress! Love your version! Just plain love it! (I also love the shorter version with the sleeves and the round yoke…) yours is totally dreamy and inspiring! thanks! : )

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      Oct 19, 2010, 06.59 AMby morganelle

      I’m beyond flattered! What a lovely compliment and good luck on your dress!

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    Oct 19, 2010, 05.59 AMby mixtlii

    The ruffle is so delicate, and cute!

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    Oct 19, 2010, 05.37 AMby Phyu Myo Hlaing(Jasmine)

    i love it!

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    Oct 19, 2010, 04.47 AMby smallone

    I’m oft in the linen section at Goodwill :) I like this dress more in this fabric than others I’ve seen especially the ruffle…it gives it a delicate quality.

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      Oct 19, 2010, 07.00 AMby morganelle

      Thank you! Nice to hear from another salvager.

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    Oct 19, 2010, 03.17 AMby liaspace

    that’s really pretty

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    Oct 19, 2010, 03.14 AMby rchavez215

    So lovely, well done!

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    Oct 19, 2010, 02.36 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Nice use of curtains! I love the dress- the colour makes it great for fall/winter.

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