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for the love of elastic

Added Jan 24, 2010

by fabricaddict

Durban, South Af...






I was inspired by Very Praerie’s pink dress in this Butterick pattern (Butterick B5130). I had seen the pattern before but when I saw how great her dress looked I had to go and get it, and what a fun dress this is to make! the great thing is that it’s virtually impossible to try it on along the way so you have no idea how it’s going to turn out and then suddenly when you’ve threaded what feels like the 50th piece of elastic through ANOTHER channel, voila – you have a wonderful flowy dress that looks really impressive on the top! I followed Very Praerie’s recommendations and added onto the front and back underbust by just under a cm, and included an elastic channel at the waist. I wore it to my friend’s 30th birthday dinner last night and got lots of compliments – it’s a winner!

Material Notes

Red stretch cotton knit




Garment Type
Casual, Mod, Romantic


Very Praerie

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    Feb 19, 2010, 12.16 AMby keren

    Wow! What a beautiful dress! I love the color you’ve chosen. I like this method of using jersey, where the fabric is crinkly and doesn’t cling due to the elastic. I would love to find a pattern and to make something like it!

    I think a sleeveless variation might be a real knock-out.

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    Feb 1, 2010, 07.01 AMby veryprairie

    You look so beautiful! Lovely dress, lovely color, lovely lady. Happy belated birthday!

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    Jan 26, 2010, 10.40 PMby zickzack

    Whithout your dress and the link I would not have paid any attention to this pattern. Nice dress!

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    Jan 25, 2010, 05.03 PMby fabricaddict

    Thanks everybody – I can really recommend this pattern! I want to make another one, I just need to get some energy for all that elastic inserting ha ha :-)

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    Jan 25, 2010, 04.48 PMby erdronen

    So fun! I love this dress! Now that’s how you make knits look amazing! :) I need to get this pattern… Fabulous job :)

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    Jan 25, 2010, 04.36 AMby cottonsilk

    Love the color, the style, its a winner indeed! Love it!

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    Jan 25, 2010, 01.39 AMby ginasophia

    Too Cute! and it looks comfy!!

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    Jan 24, 2010, 11.26 PMby camilaustral

    love it! you look great ;)

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    Jan 24, 2010, 10.26 PMby pikkupossu

    Beautiful :)

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    Jan 24, 2010, 03.42 PMby Jodi Wade

    That is gorgeous and I love the colour.

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    Jan 24, 2010, 02.38 PMby kristenjaxbch

    Love this!

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