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From the Somebody or Other Home Collection (Curtain to Dress)

Added Feb 18, 2011

by feldmantcat

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This is just a simply cap sleeve bateau neck sheath dress using New Look 6643. The fabric is a curtain I bought at a Goodwill store for $2. The curtain is 100% cotton with black flowers embroidered all over it – exceptionally nice quality fabric. The curtain featured a black bias strip of fabric trim sewn over the stitching of the hem, so I decided to preserve the original curtain hem when I made the dress. I think it adds a nice design feature and it made the dress that much faster to sew since I did not have to hem it – just had to adjust the length on the pattern piece before cutting.

This is my third time making this pattern, and I finally perfected the fit. More about that and my inspiration for the dress on my blog.

Material Notes

100% cotton embroidered cotton curtain, polyester lining. I’ve made this same pattern before using a peach skin drapey fabric as well as a polyester acetate, so I was not sure how the dress would hang using something stiff like cotton (the cotton is quite thick). But it ended working quite nicely and the silky lining fabric underneath helps the dress move over the body more and not be so stiff.




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    Sep 5, 2013, 07.07 AMby nishavinod2009

    very beautiful

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    Feb 24, 2011, 06.04 AMby smallone

    more lovely stuff from curtains :)

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    Feb 20, 2011, 04.21 PMby nataliaghimp


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    Feb 20, 2011, 01.44 AMby cherwinamy

    Looks fantastic. I really like the black bias strip on the bottom. I think I will try to do something similar with a black, white and magenta fabric that I have. Thanks for the idea!

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    Feb 19, 2011, 02.22 PMby toja


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    Feb 19, 2011, 11.59 AMby hasi

    Love it! It fits you perfectly!

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    Feb 19, 2011, 09.43 AMby gevehikujja

    wow that is wonderful! i really like the dress and its fabric is superb!!!!!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 07.50 PMby brisehuus

    Wow! Very beautiful

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    Feb 18, 2011, 07.40 PMby Yvette Stanton

    I love it!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 01.44 PMby mixtlii

    Very classic, yet so pretty!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 12.12 PMby sewingfan1

    It’s turned out really well, would never have known it was from curtain fabric. Was such a good idea to keep the hem feature too, really finished it off beautifully.

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    Feb 18, 2011, 11.28 AMby groovymama

    This is really beautiful. You’ve done an amazing job with this curtain. I’m also a big fan of recycling, and have sewn many dresses from sheets, curtains and so on :-)

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    Feb 18, 2011, 11.27 AMby asperge11

    very pretty :)

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