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My first shirt dress - Burdachallenge May 2018

Added May 9, 2018

by Elpida Kyriakou

Athens, Greece






This is my first and probably the last shirt dress, as I really hate making buttonholes…
The applique embellishments are made of imitation leather scraps and topstiched by hand.
As you see I’ve only kept the bodice pattern, the skirt is quite simple .


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    Jul 4, 2018, 10.27 PMby sramjit

    Hi Elpida! I love how this turned out and am going to try this pattern. How much fabric did you need to make this?

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      Jul 5, 2018, 08.42 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      To be honest, I don’t remember exactly…. I think it was less than 2.5 m. I admire your work and I’m looking forward to your version :-)

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      Jul 5, 2018, 09.33 PMby sramjit

      phew! good to know! and thank you!! hope mine turns out as good as yours! :D

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    May 23, 2018, 12.58 PMby Daniela Ivanova

    Very beautiful and creative, as always , Elpida ! You are so great artist !!!

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    May 22, 2018, 06.27 PMby claudinka

    Only one word: WOW!

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    May 17, 2018, 08.42 AMby Mayke27

    Hahaha I feel your pain! Made something with buttonholes once and promised myself I wouldn’t do it again. I’m always trying to adapt a pattern to omit any buttons hihi The result is beautiful though, your dress looks professional! (as usual!)

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    May 14, 2018, 07.29 PMby kihli

    Wonderful dress and you look great in it!

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    May 14, 2018, 07.00 PMby TeenyUK

    Another wonderful creation from you, Elpida. The appliqué is gorgeous. Ha ha though – I’m like you…buttonholes are my nemesis! I have an auto buttonholer on my machine, which won’t work with most things (too thin, too thick, too uneven, etc). It’s a shame because I never had a problem with my old, non-computerised machine that had a four-step buttonholer!!!

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      May 16, 2018, 02.45 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      My machine is non-computerised but the four step buttonholes are very frustrating and produce very poor result. This time I tried to hand stich the buttonholes after watching youtube tutorials claiming it’s a piece of cake! It took me a whole evening and I promised I won’t do it again till I buy a new computerised machine!!!!

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      May 17, 2018, 07.02 AMby TeenyUK

      Oh no!!! That’s some task! I ended up buying some kind of buttonholer stabiliser plate to put on my machine but I haven’t tried it yet. Another Janome accessory though to add to the stable! I have done manual ones before, where you sew a tack at each end and two rows of stitching in between, but I bet you’ve tried that!

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    May 12, 2018, 12.03 PMby SurMesure

    Beautiful dress Elpida! These appliques are so great, they really make thie dress.

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    May 11, 2018, 03.33 PMby alice9163

    You should make more shirt dresses. Looks amazing on you. Awesome fit. The embellishments look so original. Well done.

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    May 11, 2018, 06.44 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    This dress is a piece of art! You are amazing Elpida!

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      May 16, 2018, 03.26 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Thanks Ellen! I know you long enough to tell you that I’m just trying to survive professional burn out…. I have a really bad time and sewing is my salvation.

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      May 20, 2018, 09.43 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      Then it’s good to know that you can enjoy sewing in your free-time! Cheers to you my friend!

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    May 11, 2018, 01.17 AMby Evmorales

    OMG, it looks fabulous!

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    May 10, 2018, 07.15 PMby lisascarolina

    LOVE this beautiful dress so much! The appliques are stunning and I especially like the bird among the flowers. You are amazing Elpida!!! :)

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      May 16, 2018, 03.27 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Thanks Lisa! Sewing is my meditation. I don’t know what I would do without it…..

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    May 10, 2018, 05.08 PMby MegH

    SO beautiful!!! :D

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    May 10, 2018, 11.10 AMby Kira Tunin

    It looks amazing on you.Like the expensive boutique style.I love it on you so much.And you gave me desire to start with applique too!!!Did you drew the flowers yourself(before putting them on fabric? or you printed them out from a website??

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      May 16, 2018, 03.00 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Thank you Kira! Actually, this is the second time I try applique and it’s not at all hard. Using the right fabric is very important. Imitation leather is ideal because it doesn’t fray. The basis fabric also helped, as it had a pretty good hold. This time I used fabric glue to stabilize pieces and then hand stiched them around. I think they look better plus that I’m not good at machine topstitching.
      Yes, I drew the flowers myself….

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    May 10, 2018, 07.38 AMby Maria Hayek

    I love it! And the appliques are really cool. I hate buttonholes too, but love shirt dresses, so I endure in silence :D, maybe you love wearing this one enough to change your mind too ;)

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      May 16, 2018, 03.02 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

      Thanks Maria! Actually I made a second shirt dress right after this, but this time I used loops!!!! There is always a solution :-)

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    May 10, 2018, 03.12 AMby Eli Cat

    What a beautiful dress! It looks lovely on you.

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