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Grey Cap-sleeve Cowl Dress

Added Nov 6, 2009

by ichigogirl

Stockholm, Sweden






After realising that A) I really like minidresses that can double as tunics (they keep the bum warm!) and B) I need some new clothes for winter, I decided to make use of some of the organic cotton I got at a remnant-sale this spring. It’s been waiting for me…
The result is this. It took a few days to sew, mainly bacause I bumped into a wall of resistance a few times.
First first the sleeve openings became almost ruffled since the material (an organic cotton) is too loosely knitted for “normal” seams. That was such a sad sight that I immediately ripped the seams and later decided to sew them all over again with enclosed elastic.
Then it was a struggle to sew the seams with a twin needle, I even broke one, but it finally came out ok…
There’s a bit too much material in the back, I’m going to remove some in the pattern before making it again, but it’s no biggie…

Also blogged about here: http://ancien-nouveau.blogspot.com/

Material Notes

Organic cotton




Garment Type

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    Dec 26, 2010, 07.24 AMby thatcutegirl


    Want to make a black, white, and grey version of this adorable dress. Was wondering what material you used here? As it looks warm, and not too stretchy. Also, I’m a size 0 according to the sizing chart, probably alot smaller. Anyways, I was wondering what adjustment I would need to make so the dress would fit me as well as it fits you in the picture?


    P.s I may have left a question similar to this yesterday, but I checked today to see if you responded,and I cant find my post. Sorry if it’s a repeat.

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      Jan 2, 2011, 12.54 AMby ichigogirl

      Hi! The material is actually a cotton jersey, but I’ve also made it in a wool jersey (my Prada dance dress).
      I’d recommend you to compare your measurements to mine (I think I posted them with the pattern) rather than the size chart, not sure about the sizing there. But I’m usually a size 2, so you might just try removing a cm or so from the center front and center back of the pattern (0,5 cm’s from each for every 2cm’s your measurements differ from mine). I think it should work to size it up/down using that method if you only need a slight change in size.

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    Jan 22, 2010, 09.12 PMby brandymccoy

    I am in love with this dress:)

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    Dec 2, 2009, 10.53 PMby ojglo1

    beautiful!!!!! so so beautiful!

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    Nov 29, 2009, 07.00 PMby latiffany

    I love it!

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    Nov 23, 2009, 09.32 AMby manuela

    Really great!

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    Nov 14, 2009, 09.06 PMby ichigogirl

    Thank you all so much for your lovely comments, they make my heart sing :-)!

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    Nov 11, 2009, 05.25 AMby edier

    wow! You’re so pretty, love the dress.

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    Nov 10, 2009, 01.01 PMby kerriann

    thank you so much, for the instructions. you should add it also to http://www.instructables.com

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      Nov 14, 2009, 09.05 PMby ichigogirl

      Thanks fot the tip, I must check that site out, at least!

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    Nov 9, 2009, 03.28 PMby liaspace

    really nice

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    Nov 9, 2009, 10.45 AMby lybu

    Great top, perfect fit.

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    Nov 9, 2009, 07.09 AMby faithhopelove

    I’m TOTALLY making one of these!

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    Nov 9, 2009, 01.54 AMby sewneenee

    really cute top/dress I love these too! great work and thanks for the addl info too!

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    Nov 9, 2009, 12.19 AMby kinsmana

    I absolutely love this! Well done.

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    Nov 8, 2009, 03.51 PMby djoule

    Love it !! You look really good, the fit is perfect ! Thanks for sharing the pattern :)

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    Nov 8, 2009, 09.52 AMby sandrasews

    Love it! Can’t wait to make my very own version.

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    Nov 7, 2009, 10.00 PMby leeshv

    Thanks for the pattern, it’s great. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Nov 7, 2009, 03.19 PMby kate-designs

    so cute!! I love it!

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    Nov 7, 2009, 03.10 PMby tangerinesamurai

    This looks so nice! I have to try it soon. Thanks for sharing!

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    Nov 7, 2009, 02.34 PMby lizah

    I love it! looks great! :)

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    Nov 7, 2009, 11.57 AMby emlj

    love it, im a big fan of this pattern :-)

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    Nov 7, 2009, 09.06 AMby pixelink

    ROCKS!!! This fabric drapes really well at the neckline. Have some new fabric on order which I cannot wait to test out on this wonderful pattern, THANKS ;-)

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    Nov 7, 2009, 03.18 AMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    loving all your incarnations of the cowl neck. i will get to making one soon!!!

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    Nov 7, 2009, 12.43 AMby bettieshambles

    Love it!

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    Nov 7, 2009, 12.21 AMby lironeld

    I too think it looks great :)

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    Nov 6, 2009, 11.18 PMby perryfinalia

    I love it! Good job!

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    Nov 6, 2009, 11.17 PMby lunatepetal

    love it! simple and great fit!

    thanks for the how-to/pattern :) I have to try it sometime!!

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    Nov 6, 2009, 10.56 PMby twoboos

    This looks GREAT!! love the fabric choice and the fit is great. You have a stunning figure and this dress really shows it off.

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    Nov 6, 2009, 09.56 PMby susanne2011

    Wow, this is beautiful, I love it!

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    Nov 6, 2009, 09.02 PMby elisana


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