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Happy Yellow Dress

Added Mar 16, 2010

by kiwichopsuey

Menlo Park, Cali...






For my old roommate’s wedding in Japan! I wanted to make a dress that wouldn’t be too much of a hassle to take along, since I’ll be travelling around for another week with all of my luggage after the wedding.

This is the first dress I’ve made, and the first time I’ve attempted to use a pattern, so there were lots of things to be learned! The invisible zipper and all-in-one facing were very much worth the effort. The invisible zipper is still kind of visible, but as first attempts go I’m definitely satisfied. All-in-one would not have been possible without goatfoot’s SUPER helpful creative process pictures (in the comments of the BurdaStyle tutorial for how to sew an all-in-one facing). Also: no ruffle, added a sash instead.

I used the size 36 pattern. It took pretty much the entire day, although what took the most time was pressing and pinning the pattern to the fabric. All-in-one wasn’t too bad but I had to do the invisible zipper many times over. Next time I’ll hand-baste into place—the pins I was using weren’t so helpful and that’s the price you pay for being lazy! I like the length, but next time I might make it just about an inch longer to accommodate for hemming.

Material Notes

2.5 yards mustard yellow stretch poplin (it was labelled bottomweight, but on the bolt itself it said poplin? I have no idea, this was my first time buying fabric that wasn’t either out of the remnant section or calico for curtains), .5 yard lightweight interfacing. 20-22" invisible zipper, and 1 yard of fun batik fabric. Everything from Joann’s.




Garment Type
Casual, Classic
Cotton, Blends

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    Apr 6, 2010, 01.22 AMby kiwichopsuey

    thanks guys! Sorry for the late reply…just got back from Japan where I wore my dress for the first time! Got lots of compliments and am now trying to figure out what I can use as an excuse to wear it again :) The sash definitely made the dress!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 10.10 PMby hokidoki

    great job and love that color. I was having a ton of trouble in sewing the all-in-one-facing especially when it comes to the shulder, how did you manage?

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      Apr 6, 2010, 01.26 AMby kiwichopsuey

      check this out in addition to the BurdaStyle tutorial for all-in-one facing:

      I read through it a bunch and then just followed along with the instructions and the pictures (from 5-17), it helped a lot!! It didn’t make sense to me until the very end, and I had to do some seam-ripping as well, but goatsfoot’s pictures really helped me out, as well as the descriptions she put underneath the pictures. Try to follow as best you can and you’ll probably surprise yourself—that’s what I did :P Good luck!!!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 09.04 AMby mahaila

    The dress looks great, good choice of fabric colour.

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    Mar 24, 2010, 07.08 PMby woddy

    its realy nice

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    Mar 24, 2010, 06.48 PMby smallone

    ooooh this is so nice…everytime I see one completed I think must move up the todo list….Good work and go you for sticking with it and completing in a day.

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    Mar 24, 2010, 11.13 AMby dodgyzebra

    Love the standing-on-the-toilet shots :-) great dress and looks fabulous with the sash. I’m also in the first stages of my coffee date dress so i hope it’s half as good as yours.

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    Mar 24, 2010, 11.12 AMby dodgyzebra

    Love the standing-on-the-toilet shots :-) great dress and looks fabulous with the sash. I’m also in the first stages of my coffee date dress so i hope it’s half as good as yours.

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    Mar 24, 2010, 07.48 AMby plookiss

    I really like your dress. I can not believe you have never touched a pattern before, it looks really good, well done.

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