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I Dream Of Bali Dress

Added Aug 20, 2012

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






it was one of those fabrics i found that just screamed “BUUUUYYYY MEEEEE!!!” when i saw it, so i gave in and bought it. it’s crepe viscose, which is kind of heavy, and since the colours are all screaming for attention as well, i decided that a simple tunic/dress would do. i used the same pattern as the one i used for the Syrupy Knit Top which is pattern no. 102 from Burda Style magazine, May 2012 edition (Finnish version).

it’s a very easy pattern, and it took me less than a day to finish sewing it (and, mind you, i’m usually pretty slow in sewing). as soon as it was done, the only thing that came to mind as i saw it was: Bali. the colours reminded me of the vibrant colours of the people & sceneries, and the loose-fitting shape of it reminded me of the breeze of the sea wind there, and suddenly i longed to be in Bali. so here’s my i-dream-of-Bali dress.

i’m not sure what to think about this dress. on one side, i like how it looks. i did everything just as it was said on the instructions, and after finishing the last stitch, i tried it on, and found out that the pockets are waaaay down below. if i wear the dress just like this, without any belt, i practically can’t use the pockets at all. so i wonder if it’s a mistake in the pattern or if the pattern is supposed to be for someone who’s much more tall than me. nonetheless, it’s a simple dress, and since it’s made of viscose, i can wear it in any season i want. it’s suitable for work too, since i again made the neckline to be 7 cm higher than in the original pattern.

i couldn’t decide which way to put the swirling pattern of the fabric on the dress… so i finally put them on different ways for the front and back part. all the seam allowances are finished off with zigzag scissors.

other than the weirdly-located pockets, this dress is all i hoped & longed for when i decided to buy the fabric. so, yay for the small piece of Bali in my wardrobe!

Material Notes

about 1.5 m of crepe viscose.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Ethnic


Burda Style Magazine, May 2012, Finnish version

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    Aug 25, 2012, 01.43 AMby fashiontoppings

    Love, love, love the fabric ! :)

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      Aug 25, 2012, 04.19 PMby saxsilverain

      thanks, me too! :D it was such a great find, the whole thing only costed about 7 euros.

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    Aug 21, 2012, 09.04 PMby elizabethking

    I love everything about this dress. The fabric is wonderful and you have shown it to it’s best. Well done.

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      Aug 22, 2012, 07.18 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you for your kind words! :)

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    Aug 21, 2012, 03.48 PMby Trudy McGrath

    Imagine the unimaginable..love it!

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    Aug 21, 2012, 05.31 AMby slmnstyle

    Super cute dress, great fabric, and I love the fact that it was fast and easy to make!

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      Aug 21, 2012, 08.00 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you! it’s a good sewing project if you only have 1 day off from work, LOL..

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    Aug 20, 2012, 08.01 PMby SassyT

    Like you, I wouldn’t have been able to say no to that fabric. It is so funky and cool. Nice dress.

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      Aug 21, 2012, 07.59 PMby saxsilverain

      LOL, good to know i’m not the only one feeling that way towards the fabric! and thanks! :D

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    Aug 20, 2012, 06.49 PMby iloveme

    extra fabrick, and beautiful dress, of course

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    Aug 20, 2012, 02.36 PMby Mary Athey

    Oh i love this!! the fabrics stunning and you made a good choice with the pattern . fab xx

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      Aug 21, 2012, 07.58 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you for your sweet comment! :)

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