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Gertie's Sweetheart Sundress in Gingham

Added Oct 21, 2012

by frkbustad

Bergen, Norway






I shortened the waist with 1.5 cm, and due to my swayed back, I shortened the back piece 1 cm in the centre back, and evened out to the side seams. I also took in 1 cm on front/back piece under the arm and evened out to the waist. The bias band was too wide in my opinion, so I shortened the height with maximum 2 cm towards centre back. I made a faux button placket from increased seam allowance on the back pieces, and when I attached the skirt I just made a fold and top-stitched. The zipper was therefore moved from centre back to the left side seam, and I inserted it with lapped technique.

Material Notes

Woven cotton, cotton voile for lining of bust piece




Garment Type


Sweetheart Sundress

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    May 15, 2013, 07.47 PMby kaitiek

    nice plaid matching.

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    Oct 25, 2012, 08.18 PMby flowergirl22

    i love the detail in the bust

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    Oct 23, 2012, 10.24 AMby thewallinna

    Beautiful dress! I love your fabric/color combination :)

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    Oct 22, 2012, 03.29 PMby HouseOf Pinheiro

    so pretty

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    Oct 22, 2012, 10.57 AMby groovymama

    Wow – den er så smuk. Virkelig et flot stykke arbejde.

    I love it – it’s utterly amazing!!! You’ve done a fantastic job on this.

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    Oct 22, 2012, 04.04 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    ah this is really fun and the details are so lovely

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    Oct 22, 2012, 03.28 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Love the use of the pattern on the bust. Beautiful dress.

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    Oct 22, 2012, 03.23 AMby micbrown

    Wow! Great dress.

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    Oct 22, 2012, 01.54 AMby sweetharte

    Very creative use of a bold gingham pattern! I am very impressed!

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    Oct 21, 2012, 07.45 PMby skeeler

    Wow, this dress is amazing. Excellent.

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    Oct 21, 2012, 07.02 PMby Pharmasewing

    That is one super cute dress!! You are so talented, I think your little sewing break has done you good ;)

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    Oct 21, 2012, 04.09 PMby janene

    Right up my street, so to speak! I love this dress so much. Not least of all the red accent and the buttons down the back. So cool with little black boots too. Is this a pattern from her book?

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      Oct 21, 2012, 09.23 PMby frkbustad

      Thank you! It’s right up my street too, so I’m pretty happy! Yay! This is indeed a pattern in Gertie’s book! The skirt is, however, constructed from a square piece of fabric, and I made my own version with pleats instead of gathers. The bodice though, is more or less directly from the book, I only did some fitting.

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    Oct 21, 2012, 02.06 PMby Mary Athey

    Beautiful dress. i love everything about this !! just gorgeous x

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    Oct 21, 2012, 01.18 PMby kisses

    nice dress…you line up the plaid very neatly. The a added red at the top and buttons are a great idea

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