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My Joannie Dress

Added Jun 16, 2011

by debilovessewing

Edinburgh, Unite...






I’ve been wanting to make a wiggle dress for awhile! And then I stumbled across this perfect pattern (ok, maybe I searched it out..hehehehe). I bought some amazing loose weave tweed fabric from Croft Mill in the UK. It is buttery soft but I’ve never worked with a loose weave and it was quite an undertaking. Boy, oh boy!!! It’s a good thing I absolutely LOVE this fabric! I ended up underlining the entire garment so that it wouldn’t stretch too much and bound all the seams. I am still planning on making the jacket as well!

Material Notes

Loose weave tweed




Garment Type

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    Jun 18, 2011, 01.48 PMby nikkishell

    Fantastic! I’m sure i have this pattern or something very similar in my pattern stash. I’m glad you persevered with the fabric, it really suits the style.

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      Aug 6, 2011, 10.29 AMby debilovessewing

      Thank you!!! It’s a fun pattern to work with!!

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    Jun 17, 2011, 05.14 PMby threadsquare

    Smashing! Looks amazing on you, and constructed beautifully. Did you use silk to underline?

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      Aug 6, 2011, 10.29 AMby debilovessewing

      Thank you so much! No, I used a cotton/wool blend to underline. It’s very soft and I like the feel better against my skin than silk! And it is probably a bit easier to sew with too :)

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    Jun 17, 2011, 04.31 PMby BlancheOfArts

    It suits you perfectly, you should definitely complete it with a matching jacket. :)

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      Aug 6, 2011, 10.28 AMby debilovessewing

      Oh yes! Matching jacket is definitely on my must do sewing list!! Though probably not until Autumn!

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    Jun 17, 2011, 02.35 PMby secondbedroom

    This dress is absolutely fantastic! The fabric looks perfect – like it has some weight but isn’t bulky at all. The neckline is wonderful too. Bravo! I’m inspired to explore vintage patterns…

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    Jun 17, 2011, 11.59 AMby JuliaBobbin

    Ridiculously awesome!

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      Aug 6, 2011, 10.26 AMby debilovessewing

      What a fab comment :) brought a smile to my face! Thanks!!

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    Jun 17, 2011, 09.04 AMby stephiaffi

    Another stunning dress!

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    Jun 17, 2011, 05.40 AMby irmchen

    I know the effect of such a loose weave fabric very well! I made a dress out of such a tweed some times ago – and I LOVE it and wore it in winter again and again. Such a fabric shapes your body in a genious way.

    Your dress is just WONDERFUL! I want it! ;-)

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      Aug 6, 2011, 10.25 AMby debilovessewing

      Awww….thank you!!! I love this tweed so much—though it can be quite a pain to work with a loose weave fabric! The end results are worth the extra hours underlining, etc.!

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    Jun 17, 2011, 01.20 AMby sunnilj9

    This is simply stunning! My favorite so far of all your creations! So gorgeous and fits you like a glove! How absolutely beautiful and so classy! Right into my favorites!

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    Jun 16, 2011, 10.07 PMby apfelbluete

    I love the Joannie style! She is so feminine. Excellent! and the fabric looks really fabulous! where exactly did you buy it? ;-)

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    Jun 16, 2011, 10.03 PMby janene

    Oh Debi, this is truly gorgeous and so inspirational. I bet it feels amazing to wear. Can you explain what you mean by bound seams? I have just bought some vintage patterns and they suggest what I think is underlining (where the lining is tacked to the main fabric and then both layers are treated as one?)

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      Jun 16, 2011, 10.12 PMby debilovessewing

      Thanks Janene! I definitely see underlining a lot in 60’s patterns. Someone advised me to do this with the loose weave so I don’t get the stretched out bum area after sitting down! :) Even if you underline, you’ll still have unfinished seams and I don’t have an overlocker so thought the best way to keep it from unraveling was to sew some binding to enclose each side of the seam allowance (very similar to Hong Kong seams). Here’s a picture of the method: http://www.afashionablestitch.com/2011/categories/sewing/seam-finishes/

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      Jun 16, 2011, 10.16 PMby janene

      Thats so helpful. Thank you Debi x

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