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Enormous sleeved dress

Added Mar 8, 2010

by lilybart

Perth, Australia






I finished this dress yesterday. I’m really thrilled with it, especially since I had to do about 2342398 toiles to get the pattern right. It took me forever to design this dress… the fabric has such a GORGEOUS pattern, so I wanted a design to show that off.. but at the same time it has such a GORGEOUS drape, so I wanted to show that off also. Anyway, I think the simplicity of the design works really well and makes the most of the tremendous fabric.

Sorry about my horrendous sunburn. It’s been 3 months and it still hasn’t gone away :(

Check out my blog for more of my creations.

Material Notes

Vintage wool crepe.




Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage

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    Sep 5, 2011, 06.04 AMby sophienissirios

    Wow, this dress is a real head turner. You are really good at putting the right fabric prints to the right pattern. I really like this, its great :-) Were did you buy the fabric from? Its just stunning.

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    Apr 1, 2010, 05.53 PMby zumurruda

    Wow, gorgeous dress! The sleeves are special!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 02.35 PMby j-willfromj-ville

    I want this dress now! NICE!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 06.59 AMby craziemirrie

    Thats so nice! the fabric is cool too :)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 01.44 AMby ranjani

    Oh, I’ve always loved sleeves like this! You did so well at creating balance in this fantastic dress. You look very lovely.

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    Mar 9, 2010, 12.32 AMby holasoylulu


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    Mar 8, 2010, 11.58 PMby ginasophia

    Absolutely stunning! I love how the pattern accentuates natural your curves, and the deep back gives just enough sex appeal! Kudos on the design, it is lovely!!

    Are the sleeves a full circle??

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      Mar 9, 2010, 12.10 AMby lilybart

      Thanks so much! I wanted full circles but I didn’t have enough fabric. So they are semi circles :)

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    Mar 8, 2010, 10.11 PMby ilovepansies

    Love it. The whole dress is wonderful, but I love the sleeves. I am one of those people who don’t like a lot of upper arm showing so these sleeves would be great. With the simplicity of the rest of the dress it really makes the focus (visual interest) on the sleeves. I also love the low rounded back. Just lovely.

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      Mar 8, 2010, 11.14 PMby lilybart

      Thanks so much! I also love to cover my arms as they are definitely not my finest feature. I’ve got a few things with similar sleeves and they’re always flattering.

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    Mar 8, 2010, 08.22 PMby mudinfedi

    oh my gosh this is lovely. What pattern did you use? my laptop has been attacked by evil viruses so I have been out of cyber action, and have not been able to stalk your blog lol… this is really cute. I love the fabric choice. it fits you so well. I am Officially jealous.

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      Mar 8, 2010, 11.17 PMby lilybart

      I was just thinking about you last night and wondering where you’d got to!

      I never ever ever use commercial patterns, as I hate them. HOWEVER someone gave me McCall’s 7671 (it’s 1960s and is out of print but you’ll be able to find it on ebay), so I caved in and used it for this dress. It reminded me how much I hate commercial patterns as I had to alter it so much that it would have been quicker just to make my own pattern….

      The sleeves are not part of the pattern, though. They’re just semi circles!

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    Mar 8, 2010, 07.45 PMby cassie11

    i love, love, love this!!! i’ve got a wedding coming up in a few months…i’m thinking this dress is PERFECT for the rehersal dinner! elegant yet contemporary—great job!

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      Mar 8, 2010, 11.18 PMby lilybart

      Thanks, Cassie! Yes! Make this for the rehearsal dinner! It will be perfect. Tell me if you end up making it, I’d love to see someone else’s interpretation :)

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    Mar 8, 2010, 05.15 PMby iandeye

    I was looking for a dress pattern this weekend with a sleeve just like this! I’d like the dress to be a bit longer and flared, but this gives me inspiration to create my own pattern. Yikes! I think I can…I think I can…

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      Mar 8, 2010, 11.19 PMby lilybart

      I know you can! You could just make Elaine’s Coffee Date dress (without the ruffle) and add circular sleeves. Would be perfect.

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    Mar 8, 2010, 04.17 PMby scheryka

    The sleeves are nice. I like your dress. Looks very comfortable.

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    Mar 8, 2010, 03.55 PMby cquinn13

    it’s beautiful! i love it :)

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    Mar 8, 2010, 02.27 PMby gdac

    its fantabulously gorgeous…. but i would expect nothing less from you. The fabric is to die for and those sleeves are insane! I’m going to have to start a fire at your place so I can run off with this piece!

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    Mar 8, 2010, 01.57 PMby lilybart

    Thanks so much for all your lovely comments! I am very flattered!

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    Mar 8, 2010, 01.10 PMby susisonne

    Your dress looks amazing. It is a perfect combination of a simple design and spectacular sleeves!

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    Mar 8, 2010, 10.18 AMby oddoneout

    I think I’m in love! This is so beautiful! So bold yet understated, and so very elegant!

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    Mar 8, 2010, 09.46 AMby emilie6709

    I love it! This dress has so much character! It’s beautiful

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    Mar 8, 2010, 09.28 AMby ichigogirl

    Oh, Lily, I love it! You were quite right, the sleeves are spectacular. I want to copy it… saw a dress in the shops with slightly similar sleeves yesterday that I felt inspired by, but yours is even nicer… great work!

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      Mar 8, 2010, 09.35 AMby lilybart

      Thanks Karin! Please go ahead and copy it! You’ll have no trouble making the pattern. The sleeves are really really easy. They are just semi-circles (I would have done full circles, but I didn’t have enough fabric).

      Mary Kate or Ashley Olsen was wearing something similar on Oprah once. It was black with white sleeves, or white with black sleeves… (I can’t remember) and it looked wonderful.

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    Mar 8, 2010, 09.22 AMby judeb

    fabulous the fabric is lovely, but those sleeves are amazing. Worth all the time spent in getting the pattern right.

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    Mar 8, 2010, 08.51 AMby libra-s

    Beautiful!! The pattern you made goes very well with the fabric.

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