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Impractical Birthday Dress

Added Dec 3, 2011

by CationDesigns

Los Angeles, Cal...






I made myself this dress as a birthday present. Unfortunately, its slightly bridal air (long, white) makes it impractical for everyday wear. But that’s okay, because it makes me happy to flounce around the house in it!

The fabric was ordered online; when I saw it I was immediately reminded of The Lord of the Rings, especially Eowyn’s white gown. With that as the vague inspiration, I started with Simplicity 8722, a vintage maxi dress pattern, but ended up taking in the sides a lot to get the look I wanted. I was barely able to squeeze this dress out of 1.5 yards of fabric, but just managed to do it after modifying the sleeves to take up less fabric.

Blogged here.

Material Notes

cream colored with gold metallic threads 98% polyester, 2% lycra




Garment Type

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    Jan 19, 2012, 12.37 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    This is lovely. And I would so wear it for everyday! It’s too pretty not to show off.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 11.14 AMby RenaissanceBombshell

    I would totally walk up to you in that dress in the street and compliment you!

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    Dec 5, 2011, 12.54 PMby Rialds

    I think the print and not being lined helps to make it more chic than bridal. It is lovely.

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    Dec 4, 2011, 10.23 PMby Laura Bolčina

    I think it’s beautiful! If you want to make it more “everyday wearable” maybe you should try dip dye it. I’d go for something like this. But make sure you use colours that dye polyester fabric.

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    Dec 4, 2011, 12.44 PMby infinite-plus-one

    wow, so simple, yet so elegant

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    Dec 4, 2011, 09.38 AMby Petitemess

    It’s very beautiful. I love the fabric

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    Dec 4, 2011, 05.51 AMby freakusbzzz

    Looks fab to me, did you make the slip too?

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    Dec 4, 2011, 02.21 AMby schnui


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    Dec 4, 2011, 01.48 AMby jennyrecorder

    I wear a lot of white and would wear this during summer, with contrasting accessories to reduce the bridal effect. I’ve favorites it, it is just lovely :)

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    Dec 4, 2011, 12.58 AMby Vanessa Velasquez

    You may call it impractical but it is really beautiful and suits you lovely!!! Happy Birthday to you!!!

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    Dec 3, 2011, 11.28 PMby patti-r

    It looks lovely on you, great job!!

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    Dec 3, 2011, 11.19 PMby LadyDanburry

    I love it! You could definitely wear it in the summer.

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    Dec 3, 2011, 10.34 PMby GeraldineRead

    So pretty! And the fabric is just gorgeous!

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