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Added Mar 17, 2011

by dreamfast

Kaunas, Lithuania






This is the dress I’ve made about a month ago, but never found the time to take photos of. The problem is that my camera’s going crazy and the results I get displease me sooooo much, that I try not to use it. So, the true color is deep red, something more like this http://www.ryteksma.lt/ryteksma_img/dazyta/dazyta/bordo.jpg , than the one you can see in the pictures.
I wanted something extremely simple, so that I could put on a cardigan and stop worrying or bothering about anything else. Worrying, perhaps, is a bit too strong a word to say, but the thing is that my body’s changing all the time, even during the month, so if I try to make myself some close fitting garments (from woven fabrics, lets say), I usually end up in disappointment due to these constant metamorphoses. That’s why I decided to make a very short bodice and let the rest of the dress to fall freely. And the good thing is that it both feels and looks good with a vest or a cardigan, so the dress itself does not look like a sack, because the upper garments sort of give shape to the body (of course, the same result could be achieved with a belt) :)
I’ve used bias tape (again) both for the neckline and the armholes, but in a different way than I did before: it’s hidden inside and only one stitch line shows on the outside. The idea came from Sewaholic’s blog, where she made a tutorial on working with a bias tape like this (the link’s bellow).
I’ve also crocheted a small lace, meant to be around the neckline, but I’m not so sure about it, anymore. It’s just… they sort of contrast with each other too much, the dress and the lace and go in their separate ways. As an accessory the lace seems too flashy for my liking… Unless I could dye it to make it darker, then, probably, yes, it would look better. What do you think?

P.s. and there’s the muslin of the dress in the last photo, a cropped version :)

Material Notes

Soft cotton, thread, crocheted lace




Garment Type


Bias binding

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    Apr 22, 2011, 11.57 AMby tasallison

    is that a muslin you have made? I love it when people post photos of muslin as well as completed projects.

    this is lovely and reminds me of some of the clothes from the Toast online shop (nice tunics and breezy shirts very arty looking)

    loving your projects!

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      Apr 24, 2011, 01.46 AMby dreamfast

      Yep, the muslin. As you can see, the center of the back is open because I intended to add buttons and loops (for decorative purpose only), but changed my mind while making the dess. So, there’s a barely functional seam in the back of the finished project :7

      I tend to make muslins almost everytime I sew, because there’s always something that doens’t fit and I hate to test it on the ‘final’ fabric. And in this case I’ve drafted the pattern myself, so a muslin was inevitable :)

      And thanks for the encouragement ;)

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    Mar 20, 2011, 11.36 AMby nikkishell

    I really like this! I saw something similar on a customer at work, a sparkly white yoke with a grey jersey on the bottom.

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      Mar 20, 2011, 11.45 AMby dreamfast

      Yes, this could be the base for any variation, combining different fabrics and all.
      But the next time I am going to work with this pattern, I’ll make some improvements, like making the bodice a little bit longer and the shoulders – broader.

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    Mar 17, 2011, 04.25 PMby tamezdc

    Very nice simple dress!

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    Mar 17, 2011, 03.36 PMby Syl .

    Great job!! What pattern did you use?

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      Mar 18, 2011, 05.23 PMby dreamfast

      Thanks :)
      I’ve drafted the pattern myself with a help of the sewing book I’ve got. Actually, it is based on a child’s dress ;)
      The pattern itself is pretty simple to make, because the only things you need are measuring tape, ruller and the largest of the french curves. And, possibly, there is even a more easer way to draft it by using some bodice pattern sheet that you like with some minimal alterations and adjustments.
      I could post a sketch of the pattern sheets, so that you could the general idea, if you wish ;)

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