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Custom Made - Hand Printed Dress

Added Aug 15, 2013

by melonhead

Roanoke, Indiana...






This was a custom made dress for a client from a fundraiser event here in my home town. I first drafted the pattern using the woman’s measurements. After the first pattern was drafted I made a mock up dress to make sure the fit was correct. I had to make some small adjustments in the shoulders, but other than that the fit was fine. Once the adjustments were made to the pattern I started the construction on the real dress. I wanted to keep the design of the actual dress pretty simple, because there’s so much work that went into the print. The pattern on the fabric was all hand drawn using fine point Sharpies. I lost track of how much time went into the doodling, but I’m sure it was over 15 hours of just doodling.

And to answer the question that I know many of you are probably thinking – yes the dress is for the most part water resistant. I did a test with water and it was fine as long as there was no aggressive scrubbing (when I did scrub it just faded a little). Since the dress is made from linen it will have to be dry cleaned anyway, so fading should not be a problem.

The dress is fully lined with an invisible zipper in the back of the dress. There is a placket of hand covered buttons over the zipper to create a little vintage element – but without actually having up button up the whole dress.

More details over on my blog: http://esther-fromthesticks.blogspot.com/2013/08/custom-made-hand-printed-dress.html

Material Notes

Linen, lining, grosgrain ribbon, invisible zipper, thread, blue fine point sharpies, buttons, glue.




Spring, Summer, Winter
Garment Type

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    Aug 24, 2013, 01.06 PMby Super Jeanette

    It’s a total dream! Moreover one can see how much care you devoted to the making of this dress.

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    Aug 22, 2013, 06.04 PMby nishavinod2009

    Amazing! This is an artwork…… so beautifully created.. hats off!

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    Aug 22, 2013, 05.54 PMby Abigail Ball

    Wow. On all levels: print, sewing ability, planning…. Absolutely beautiful.

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    Aug 21, 2013, 07.08 PMby Haley Jarret


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    Aug 21, 2013, 03.25 PMby Yolanda Bravery

    love your ‘hand printed’ dress – sharpies are such a good idea! and you can make any pattern to fit the dress

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    Aug 21, 2013, 11.13 AMby pampula

    the dress is gorgeous and very unique, I love the asymmetrical and sort of “moving” placement of the print!

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    Aug 19, 2013, 11.52 AMby Ivanamania

    Well done! It turned up beautiful and unique

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    Aug 19, 2013, 09.18 AMby EliseBurn

    This is incredible. I love everything you make, good luck with your studies!

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    Aug 18, 2013, 12.41 PMby infinite-plus-one

    This looks incredible, i love it!

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    Aug 17, 2013, 02.19 AMby sewuknow

    This is soo amazing! You are one talented girl.

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    Aug 16, 2013, 03.50 PMby Trudy McGrath

    Very unique!

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    Aug 16, 2013, 08.21 AMby loulourosa

    realy nice, nice print and dress!

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    Aug 15, 2013, 11.19 PMby Irina Schwab

    This is absoutely gorgeous, i am wow-ed!!!

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    Aug 15, 2013, 09.26 PMby max

    Wow it’s beautiful! Actually what I was thinking is I hope you were well compensated for this labor intensive work of art!

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    Aug 15, 2013, 06.05 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wow! Fabulous! It’s really interesting how you could make this hand print fabric – I’m very impressed! Lucky customer :)

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