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my afternoon dress

Added Jul 14, 2014

by kelerabeus

Beograd, Serbia






Being archaeologist means that you’re gonna spend most of your summer on excavations, working 10+ hours a day. At least in my case :) Vast majority of that is field work – out in the open, knees and elbows deep in the dirt. But the afternoon shift is mostly computer work and after the whole day spent in cargo pants, kneeling and squatting, I’m desperate for some non restricting clothes. So I made this dress especially for the purpose of having something easy to wear in the afternoons while I’m on excavations.

The pattern for the dress is #113 from Burda 05/2010. This is my second time using this pattern, and the first dress is also made for the same purpose of having something to wear after the field work is done. The other dress is short and with the racer back so for this one I chose maxi length and simple straps in the back, and I also raised the neckline a bit. Straps are fastened with buttons, just for cuteness.

I love the outcome! Dress is super comfortable and easy to wear, plus the maxi skirt does a very good job hiding my legs covered in mosquito bites, scratches from wild vegetation and bruises from kneeling and what not. The curse of being super clumsy is indeed a terrible one.

My dear friend Tea is also my colleague and we’ve been working together for years. We have Sunday off so it was fun to use some of our free time to roam around the little village we are situated in. Our friend Drki came along with us, it was super fun Sunday afternoon indeed :)

Material Notes

The fabric is cotton I found in a remnant bin, which means that it cost me next to nothing :) I love the summery print, it’s perfect for a maxi dress.




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Romantic, Beach


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    Apr 6, 2018, 11.24 AMby SassyT

    Shared on SSB. Thanks for permitting. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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    Jul 23, 2014, 12.39 PMby yenny lee

    Cool love the pics ;)

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    Jul 23, 2014, 03.51 AMby sewing fanatic

    love this very much!!!! groovy

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      Jul 24, 2014, 03.56 PMby kelerabeus

      Thanks, glad you like it :)

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    Jul 21, 2014, 01.55 PMby kricko

    lovely dress!! good job!

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      Jul 22, 2014, 02.26 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much!

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    Jul 19, 2014, 07.44 PMby zenica

    What a lovely, floaty dress. Love the pictures as well! Oh, they remind me of such fabulous times in Serbia, Velika Plana in fact. I have holiday snaps of the train lines there: one direction going to Beograd, the other to Istanbul. Good times…

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      Jul 20, 2014, 08.46 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I’m so glad to hear you had such a good time here!

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    Jul 19, 2014, 12.53 PMby Loreta Ferguson

    My daughter is an archaeologist and historic preservation/restorationist !!! She is working on a stone wall this summer. I think she would love a dress like this to wear when she washes all the dirt off herself. :)

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      Jul 20, 2014, 08.42 AMby kelerabeus

      Oh that is so awesome, you should totally make one for her! I’m prehistorian and my field is neolithic, so our architectural remains are mostly daub an dry mud. No stone walls here :)

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    Jul 17, 2014, 12.14 PMby liliv-1

    very colorful and airy, love it and love your photos! :)

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      Jul 18, 2014, 03.41 PMby kelerabeus

      Thanks Lili! It was super windy day when we took these photos, usually I don’t like wind messing with my hair but this was the first time that I didn’t mind.

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    Jul 17, 2014, 08.58 AMby loulourosa

    How glamorous you will be at the excavations! Its a lovely fabric choise.

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      Jul 18, 2014, 03.37 PMby kelerabeus

      Ha ha, after the whole day in the dirt a little touch of glamor is most welcomed! Glad you like it :)

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    Jul 16, 2014, 01.21 AMby purplefan

    Yes, the fabric is definitely cheery and summery!

    Please don’t pose on railway tracks-track safety is an ongoing concern here in Southern Ontario and some pedestrians don’t go home ever after. Not to mention railway tracks are usually under some government authority and signed as not for trespassing. Want you around for more Burda project postings…

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      Jul 18, 2014, 03.32 PMby kelerabeus

      I totally agree with you, safety always comes first and I would never play around if there were any danger for my friends and me. We are situated in a small village and trains are very scarce and under schedule, you know when to expect them. Plus, the trains in Serbia are so slow – you can see them and feel the tracks vibrate miles ahead. Trust me, there was no danger at all :) Thank you for your concern, I really appreciate it!

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    Jul 15, 2014, 07.15 PMby cathysews

    Fantastic dress

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      Jul 15, 2014, 07.40 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you :)

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    Jul 15, 2014, 03.35 PMby GeorgieT74

    Beautiful dress.

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    Jul 15, 2014, 03.35 PMby GeorgieT74

    Beautiful dress.

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    Jul 15, 2014, 06.17 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Fabulous summerdress! ☼ Great fabric as well! What an exciting work you have! Nice to see you and Tea together :-)

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      Jul 15, 2014, 07.40 PMby kelerabeus

      Thanks Ellen! We do photo shoots together all the time but it’s not always that we have third person to take photos of two of us together :)

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    Jul 15, 2014, 05.12 AMby kristikaarlop

    Very pretty dress. Love the colors.

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      Jul 15, 2014, 07.33 PMby kelerabeus

      Thanks a lot!

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