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Imaginary-Spring Dress

Added Apr 2, 2013

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






the dress is called imaginary-spring dress because: 1) it’s nowhere near spring yet here where i live, and hence quite difficult for me to name it spring dress, and 2) i decided to hand draw a spring scenery for the pictures, just for fun (and to help me imagining spring).

i used printed viscose crepe for the dress, instead of a knit fabric as recommended for the pattern. i just fell in love, as always, with the print on this fabric. i’m sure you’ve noticed it too, that there’s a faulty on the print, but at 4.50€/m, i’m not complaining. (and come on, it makes my dress one of a kind! nobody else in the whole world would have a dress with faulty print like this!)

the pattern is the no. 3 from the Drape Drape book (vol. 1), Drop-Waist Gather Drape Dress. the whole dress consists of only 1 piece (meaning no side seams, or top and bottom parts… it’s all in one). should be easy, right? wrong.

perhaps it was because of my fabric choice that i encountered problems with the back seam/zipper. when i first sew the dress as was (according to the measurements in the book, i’m a size L), the back seam/zipper looked so terrible. it was loose in all the wrong places, and because the fabric is loose as well, and the zipper is stiff, it made me look like i have 2 humps on my back. i repaired the neckline and resew the zipper 3 times just to get it right. oh, and 55cm zipper is also too long for me. i used 50cm in the end.

even so, when i saw the dress from the back on the 3rd picture here… i had to cringe. the zipper still goes right and left in all the wrong places. ah well, but that was the best i could do, and if you had seen what it was before, you’d understand my being proud. :p

the gatherings came out nicely, thankfully. in the original pattern, the hemline is straight. i modified it because i wanted to learn how to make the hi-lo hemline. i think i got it quite right, seeing the second picture. it was a good thing too that i made it like that, because otherwise the dress would be way too short for me to wear. i wouldn’t be able to squat and feed the duck without showing off my butt.

Material Notes

around 2 m of printed viscose crepe,
50 cm invisible zipper.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Other, Romantic


Drape Drape book, vol. 1 English version

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    Apr 3, 2013, 04.49 PMby mecma2806

    i love your dress is soooo beautiful!!! what kind of fabric do you choose?

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      Apr 3, 2013, 07.46 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you!

      the fabric is viscose crepe, so it feels like silk (it’s man-made fabric, but from natural material). and although the book recommended knit/stretchy fabric for this dress, the viscose fabric i used is not stretchy at all. with a few tweaks, i think the pattern works for it too. :)

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      Apr 7, 2013, 03.19 AMby mecma2806

      tanks again!!! i saw the same dress in stretch fabric, but i did not like with this kind of fabric and your look really great, thank you so much for the tip. excuse my english but is not my lenguage.

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    Apr 3, 2013, 04.25 PMby libra-s

    Just gorgeous!

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    Apr 3, 2013, 02.44 PMby chrissal

    beautiful dress….

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    Apr 3, 2013, 10.31 AMby nookie

    gorgeous dress – fabric is really beautiful and I love all the gathers.

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    Apr 2, 2013, 09.15 PMby Mary Athey

    its gorgeous and i love your fabric and photos. did you use an app?. i can.t see anything wrong with the fabric print? x

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      Apr 3, 2013, 05.23 AMby saxsilverain

      thanks! i hand drew the background on paper, scanned it, and then used photoshop to put it together with my pics. :)

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