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My Little Red "Memory" Dress

Added Mar 10, 2016

by MV14

Clayton, Missour...






This was my entry for the “Little Red Dress Contest” at PatternReview.com. Using a pattern designed by Kay Unger—Vogue 1432—I intended to sew a simple red dress which eventually morphed into a “memory dress” by virtue of all fabrics I used. The front bodice was created by sewing together fourteen pieces of
fabrics and I opted to use fabrics from my stash which consisted of leftovers from prom and party dresses I have sewn for my daughter many years ago and from dresses I have sewn for me and my sister . The pop of embroidery was provided by a fabric harvested from an old pillowcase which I had planned on donating but ended up storing in my “for harvesting box.”

I have detailed tips and photos at my blog “Finished Seams”:

Material Notes

Polyester woven from stash




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear

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    Apr 7, 2016, 07.52 PMby nrobson

    this is very nice! great execution and cute prints

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    Mar 13, 2016, 09.49 PMby rita61

    Great dress. Deserves a win.

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      Mar 15, 2016, 06.56 PMby MV14

      Thank you! Good news, I won!

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    Mar 13, 2016, 09.21 AMby iewa

    Great dress! Love these patchwork details!

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      Mar 15, 2016, 06.57 PMby MV14

      Thank you! I am a fan of fabric piecing and patchwork, too!

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    Mar 12, 2016, 03.03 AMby Mokara

    What a great idea! And it’s a gorgeous dress.

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      Mar 12, 2016, 02.36 PMby MV14

      Thank you so much!

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    Mar 12, 2016, 02.23 AMby izbott

    Really beautiful dress! Carefully detailed. :-)

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      Mar 12, 2016, 02.36 PMby MV14

      Thank you so much!

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    Mar 11, 2016, 06.51 AMby Maria Hayek

    I love your dress! It’s gorgeous! The front is really cool and the different fabrics you use give it a special look, I really like it :)

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      Mar 11, 2016, 08.40 PMby MV14

      Thanks Maria!

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    Mar 10, 2016, 11.09 PMby chula123

    Brilliant! what a wonderful “memory”, love it :-))

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      Mar 11, 2016, 08.40 PMby MV14

      Thank you!

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    Mar 10, 2016, 10.38 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wow! What an impressive dress! Love it!

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      Mar 11, 2016, 08.40 PMby MV14

      Thank you so much!

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    Mar 10, 2016, 05.53 PMby Mary Athey

    Its gorgeous on you and what a Fab way to use up fabric pieces and it’s even more special because of the memories involved. I love this x

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      Mar 10, 2016, 07.28 PMby MV14

      Thanks Mary!

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