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Empire Waist Summer Dress

Added Jun 16, 2010

by mwelland

Ontario, Canada






My most recent cotton summer dress with a very full skirt and a gathered bodice. I made it from a cotton print that I bought while visiting my sister in Chicago. The pattern was quite fiddly and the sizing was inaccurate so it required a lot of altering along the way, but now I quite like it! I added a zig-zag trim along the top of the skirt, but the original pattern calls for a ribbon that ties centre front.

The straps are reinforced with three layers of lining so that they can support the weight of the skirt. The bodice has elastic above the bust and gathering underneath. The skirt has small pleats accross the front and back. The centre back pleat comes out on either side of the zipper so that the zip doesn’t affect the hanging of the skirt in the back. The skirt comes to just above the knee, but it would look good shorter as well.

I made this from a McCalls pattern #5619 from their Laura Ashely collection. I recommend making at least one size smaller than their sizing calls for because I had to take it in by about 4 inches in the bodice.




Garment Type
Casual, Romantic

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    Jun 20, 2010, 09.30 AMby keren

    very pretty!

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    Jun 19, 2010, 04.14 AMby hannnc

    love the zigzag trim :) cute dress.

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    Jun 17, 2010, 02.03 AMby Elisabeth Snider

    I love this! It’s so cute!

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    Jun 16, 2010, 10.03 PMby mwelland

    Thanks guys! I’ve added the pattern info to the description in case anyone wants to get it and give it a try!

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    Jun 16, 2010, 09.06 PMby tamezdc

    Very cute summer dress!

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    Jun 16, 2010, 06.17 PMby raving

    Adorable, I love the print and the style is perfect for summer. Very nicely executed too, great job!

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