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Melbourne Cup Dress

Added Oct 11, 2009

by sarahwau

Perth, Australia






Even though I haven’t sewed clothes for ages I decided to make my own dress for the Melbourne Cup (The horse race that “stops the nation” in Australia). I used turquoise silk dupion and lined it with silk lining in turquoise and I bought both fabrics on ebay. The pattern I used was Butterick 5324 Chetta B Dress.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out. A couple of hints if you want to use this pattern:
You need a good sewing machine that can sew through many layers of fabric. I used my mum’s new Bernina White Pearl (similar to the Activa 230).
The pattern measurements are quite true to the actual fit on the cover of the pattern.
I finished the silk lining with pinking shears but the silk dupion can be finished on a serger/overlocker.
You may need to adjust the tension of your sewing machine when sewing silk lining fabric.

I can’t wait till the Cup so I can wear the dress.

Material Notes

Turquoise silk dupion from ebay (tarasilk). Silk Habotai Lining from ebay (goodtakecare fabrics). Good quality light weight knit interfacing. 100% cotton thread to sew silk with – cheaper than silk thread and works better. I think this would be really nice done in a light cotton for less formal occasions.




Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear
Cotton, Silk

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    Nov 28, 2009, 11.36 PMby voush

    hey sis – looks great! love the shoes too ^^

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    Oct 22, 2009, 01.56 AMby denverlady

    I love this dress! I just bought a pattern very similar to this, and it’s nice to see that someone else has made it, and it looks so good. I think mine will end up black though. I have been needing that perfect little black dress.

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    Oct 16, 2009, 11.00 AMby BeYou TiFul

    WAUW this is fabulous!! I love everything about this dress! It looks good on you! Very glamorous!

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    Oct 12, 2009, 09.56 AMby barbaraagatha

    I was invited to a wedding and had considered using this pattern, especially since I saw it in yellow on the cover. I love your blue version, though, as a brunette, I cannot pull it off as well as you.

    As always with dupioni…don’t you feel it doesn’t fit like a glove but rests a little rigid?

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      Oct 12, 2009, 11.05 AMby sarahwau

      It doesn’t fit like a glove but that wasn’t really the look I was going for anyway. I kind of think the dupioni suits the pattern as it makes the folded bodice sit really well. I have seen this dress made in a stretch satin with the pleats left more like the brown dress on the pattern and it looked great as well. I think it would be really nice in a stretch cotton with a larger floral print too.

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    Oct 11, 2009, 06.22 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    very nice, and what a lovely color!

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    Oct 11, 2009, 05.08 PMby allygally

    Gorgeous! I love your fascinator too.

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    Oct 11, 2009, 02.02 PMby nutmeg1

    It’s beautiful!

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    Oct 11, 2009, 01.59 PMby louiseq

    The dress looks very well made and really lovely on you!

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    Oct 11, 2009, 10.33 AMby skwarynia

    Like the bust part much and this colour!:)

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    Oct 11, 2009, 06.46 AMby photinx

    The fit and color are beautiful on you!

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