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Girliest Girly Dress

Added Mar 25, 2014

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






The day I bought this fabric I’d only gone to Spotlight to get some satin to line my Boulanger dress, but the discounted fabrics table is right next to the cutting counters, and I spied an elegant and feminine lemon floral voile. It was only about $3 a metre and so sweet and pretty that I decided I had to buy it, and put it away in my stash. I’d also had the embroidered applique butterfly in my stash for about five years – I had no idea what I would do with it, but it was so pretty and only $6, so of course I had to buy it.

The fabric is so feminine it’s almost cliche, with flowers and vines and butterflies and birds, so it needed to be a floaty and very girly dress. I’d also seen all the backless dresses around and been thinking about making one. This fabric seemed a perfect match for that, and the embroidered butterfly matched the print. Because the butterfly is the feature I kept the rest of the dress relatively simple, with a full skirt and basic bodice. With the dress being backless I obviously can’t wear a bra with it, so I stitched bra cups into the lining. The fabric is very thin so I lined the bodice and added two extra layers under the skirt, one of blush-coloured rayon, one of lemon poplin. The skirt is both darted and gathered to allow fullness, and elasticated in the back. I had thought of putting in sleeves, but they didn’t look right so I left it sleeveless.

Material Notes

2 metres cotton voile
1 metre poplin
1.5 metres lightweight rayon
1 pair bra cups
Embroidered applique




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Cotton, Rayon

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    Mar 30, 2014, 04.14 AMby sewing fanatic

    Spotlight is great for the latest prints and variety. I love the off cut remnant bargain bins too lol! :p this looks great.

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    Mar 29, 2014, 03.20 PMby Mokara

    What a perfect combination of fabric and the butterfly. The dress is pretty, I’m glad you chose not to put in the sleeves :)

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    Mar 26, 2014, 12.07 PMby pambox

    Thank you all for the lovely comments!

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    Mar 25, 2014, 09.49 PMby carolynsuzanne

    Ahhh so pretty! I love the fabric and the dress is perfectly executed.

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    Mar 25, 2014, 09.35 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wow! How wonderful!

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    Mar 25, 2014, 10.48 AMby liliv-1

    Really feminine and romantic! The back is gorgeous!

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    Mar 25, 2014, 08.19 AMby kelerabeus

    So girly indeed, I love it! The fabric is dreamy.

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    Mar 25, 2014, 06.47 AMby cris orange

    Fabric is so nice and the butterfly in back is the perfect accessoire :-)

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    Mar 25, 2014, 06.22 AMby Mary Athey

    Beautiful dress, the fabric is lovely. I would’ve bought this as well. I love the back and the butterfly applique is just fabulous on the back. Love this x

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