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Light and Easy Summer Dress

Added Jun 15, 2012

by sweetharte

Toronto, Canada






Summertime beckons for feminine dresses made from light breezy fabrics. I answered the call with this dress, which is made from a light woven rayon printed with an array of tiny pink and purple flowers. I was waiting for a special use for this fabric, and i think that i managed to do a pretty good job. It’s casual enough that I can wear it to work or out to a picnic, but pretty enough that it makes me feel special. Although, the ease of slipping this on is quite possible the most exceptional feature. It was an elastic waistband and a self cut bias binding for the straps. The Black cotton cluney lace is what really grounds such a tiny frantic print, and I had four tiny little buttons that I didn’t know what to do with that fit the decorative bill! It all came together perfect, and I have already cut out another one in a black and white African print. I’m excited to make it! I used New Look pattern 6804 but Frankensteined the waist and straps. The bodice and skirt is actually two separate pieces, not one like the pattern dictates. I did this because It afforded me the option of pronouncing the waistline a little bit more. To elaborate, I cut the bodice out straighter than the pattern piece which was quite flared. I have never been one for excess fabric around the middle, but for some reason this dress just works. I included my design sketch when dreaming up such a dress, because it’s funny… And the location photos were provided by my good friend Heather Appleby.

Material Notes

Rayon woven, cotton cluney lace, four plastic decorative buttons, 3/4" elastic, Gutermann thread. No zipper or interfacing, you guys!! Yay!




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    Jun 19, 2012, 08.04 PMby freaky-philomeen

    great dress, sweatharte! I’ve got some time for fabric-shopping for a dress tomorrow and your fabric is such a lovely inspiration!

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    Jun 15, 2012, 10.52 PMby laurertheexplorer

    love it!

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