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French-Inspired Dress

Added Jun 29, 2012

by melissaormonde

Arroyo Grande, C...






I made this dress with the intention of it having something of a french vibe, hence the striped bow. It’s made with a red cotton twill and the bow is just a regular quilting cotton. I used New Look pattern number 6910. I made it while living in Tonga as a Peace Corps volunteer, and sewing supplies were somewhat hard to come by, so I wasn’t able to locate a long-enough zipper. I improvised and left the top part of the back open with a button at the top. Hopefully it looks intentional!

You can see my post about this project on my blog, Scavenger Hunt: http://scavengerhunttheblog.blogspot.com/

Material Notes





Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Jul 29, 2012, 07.12 AMby omgdora

    How did I miss this? It’s gorgeous!! What a great way to funkify an elegant dress so that it can be worn in more varied settings. I also love the color and the fit and your hair and your shoes and I’ll stop before I get too creepy!

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    Jul 23, 2012, 03.38 AMby sweetharte

    The bow detail really elevates this dress from a sweet red dress to a funky summer frock! Good job! The back detail is great too, good improv!

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    Jul 20, 2012, 09.09 PMby BeYou TiFul

    What a beautiful dress. The color is awesome too. The zipper problem resulted in a very unique detail, I like it!

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    Jul 18, 2012, 10.24 AMby kess

    I love this the color is so beautiful! I rarely wear red but I think it looks so beautiful especially on your complexion! did you op stitch the bow into place or slipstitch it? I love that you decided to attach it completely to the dress and not just left it hanging.

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      Jul 19, 2012, 12.41 AMby melissaormonde

      Thanks! I just stitched and tied the bow a few times from the inside to tack it on…nothing too fancy :)

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    Jul 16, 2012, 10.54 PMby nookie

    love, love, love the dress. love the style, the colour and the bow. I may have to copy!

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    Jul 16, 2012, 08.37 PMby swinge1984

    it looks great! And I guess you found a great solution too for people who don’t have someone to help them zip up the back :)

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    Jul 16, 2012, 04.23 PMby jenny walker

    very pretty! i like the bow and neckline

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    Jul 16, 2012, 04.21 PMby deChez

    Cute dress. I love the way you solved the problem of not having a long enough zipper…it looks great.

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    Jul 16, 2012, 04.12 PMby Mary Athey

    Fab dress. I love the.story of.how the dress.was made xx

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