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If I Only Had A Heart Dress

Added Sep 13, 2010

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






i’ve had this Dorothy & Toto fabric for like more than 2 years..
i just never found the perfect clothing pattern for it, since the fabric itself is already a bit “childish” (love it nonetheless!). for me, when the fabric’s pattern is already childish or whimsical, then the shape of the clothing made from the fabric should be somewhat more adult looking, or just a classic shape. i love the idea of combining 2 contradicting things like that .

and then, suddenly the cut-out (yes, again!) trend arrived, and with it, an idea brimmed in my head..this particular one was inspired by Luella design.

out of luck, my co-worker lent her book to me, Ihanat mekot ja tunikat.
it’s the Stylish Dress Book 1st volume which is already translated to Finnish.

long story short, i found what i was looking for: a simple top part for a dress, with a bit higher neckline. it was the S pattern from that book.

i only used the top part of the pattern, without the sleeves.
and then i again altered the back part, used snap buttons for the closures, and, yet another freshly-learned technique that i applied to the bottom part: scallop edge!

the last picture is of course from the Ihanat mekot ja tunikat book itself, not owned by me.

Material Notes

around 1,7m of quilting cotton fabric (110cm wide),
70cm of bias tape for the armholes,
snap buttons.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Other, Romantic


Ihanat mekot ja tunikat (or Stylish Dress Book, vol. 1, Finnish version) by Yoshiko Tsukiori
Vain and Vapid

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    Nov 12, 2010, 07.44 PMby carolinat

    thanks! I am going to give a it a try this weekend! hope it comes out half as nice as your’s!

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    Nov 11, 2010, 08.13 PMby carolinat

    hello: I love your dress! so unassuming from the front! how did you make such a perfect cut out heart? I would love to do one myself but I don’t know how to do it and have yet to find an online tutorial. Can you help? thanks!

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      Nov 11, 2010, 09.07 PMby saxsilverain

      hi there, thanks for the comment :)

      since i have no basic knowledge of making patterns, i always have to find a basic pattern first, and then do it in the most “idiotic” way :D

      when i found the basic pattern, all i did was copy the pattern to the pattern paper, and then draw half of the heart (or any other shape!) to the back side, and literally cut it off.
      then, since i wanted to put a button for the closure, i just had to add around 5cm to one of the back sides (either left or right), so it’ll overlap the other side. this should be done by mirroring the heart shape (instead of just continuing the downward slope in the middle of the heart shape for 5cm, it should go back upwards).
      to make it super smooth, i cut the fabric for the back side twice as much, and used the other as a lining. that way there’d be no seam at all around the heart shape.

      that’s all really! :) hope you’ll soon try it out and be sure to let me know how it went!

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    Oct 4, 2010, 04.02 PMby cilekkmel

    love is back :)

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    Sep 16, 2010, 11.53 AMby charlotteauzou

    It makes me think of a Luella dress. It is so lovely !!!

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    Sep 14, 2010, 02.53 AMby mhelene

    brilliant :)

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    Sep 14, 2010, 02.24 AMby pambox

    that fabric is phenomenal. the colour is so vibrant, the quality of the print amazing. love the ruby red slippers too!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 07.55 PMby tamezdc

    Cute dress!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 07.54 PMby tamalicious16

    I have a question! I always love open back dresses, but I can never resolve the bra issue… how do you get around that? I really like the heart idea.

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    Sep 13, 2010, 07.09 PMby goddessof

    well done☺

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