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Not so Black and White Polka Dress

Added Feb 19, 2010

by michelleiswell

Portland, Oregon...






This is based off a simplicity pattern. I moved the zip from the side seam to center back and shortened the waist to fit me better. I also used a rolled hem on the neck ruffle using wooly nylon which gives a great edge. I wore this in the 2nd row of an NBA game and was told by a player on the opposing team that I needed botox… I think he was just jealous of the dress!
Oh, and here is the same dress in a textured teal… FUN.

Material Notes

Silk. Wooly Nylon.




Garment Type
Classic, Romantic

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    Jul 12, 2011, 05.44 AMby koobakii

    Both these versions are just gorgeous, and I’ve been eyeing off the pattern for months now. I’m about to start this dress and it has so much ease according to the pattern pieces I’m unsure what size to cut, could you tell me your sizing opinion please ?

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    Feb 15, 2011, 05.29 AMby sewsamantha

    Love your dress, I’m thinking of making one and I don’t like side zippers either, how did you do the ruffle at the back with the zip? Did it work out ok?

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    Feb 21, 2010, 06.26 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I LOVE the black version too, is this the Cinthia Rowley dress? I have that pattern arriving this week, can’t wait to make it. Thanks for sharing, you’ve made to wonderful versions :)

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      Feb 22, 2010, 06.01 AMby michelleiswell

      it is totally that pattern. i don’t like side seam zippers so i moved it to the back and shortened the waist. i love this pattern so much i have made it many times. REALLY flattering if you take the time to do a fitting in muslin and adjust. post your version!
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    Feb 19, 2010, 11.56 PMby Ricardo Abreu

    I think the player needs brain transplant. I love the polka dots one. It is beautiful.

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    Feb 19, 2010, 06.00 PMby hyunjoo

    this is a beautiful job! esp in the textured teal! :) What do you mean shortened the waist? making the waist higher? I like just how you made the dress!

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      Feb 20, 2010, 02.19 AMby michelleiswell

      I shortened the waist because I am short waisted, so every pattern I need to alter by at least 1". The good thing about having a short waist: it makes your legs look longer!! HA.

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      Feb 20, 2010, 03.36 AMby hyunjoo

      michelle, I like your thinking! I will have to do that for the bridesmaids dresses that I am in process of making! :)

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    Feb 19, 2010, 04.09 PMby sunnilj9

    It’s marvelous! I adore the collar line! So sweet in polka dot!

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    Feb 19, 2010, 03.01 PMby barbaraagatha

    Wowwwww: I love the dress in the teal version! Especially the texture of the fabric!

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    Feb 19, 2010, 08.35 AMby lilybart

    Bloody hell! How did botox possibly come up in conversation???

    He was clearly blind and unable to appreciate your wonderful dress!

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      Feb 20, 2010, 02.20 AMby michelleiswell

      I guess I didn’t mention in the description that I was heckeling him a bit… perhaps slightly more than a bit!

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    Feb 19, 2010, 08.35 AMby aibby

    Very pretty, love the neck ruffle.

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    Feb 19, 2010, 08.33 AMby missymellie

    Gorgeous!! I love them both!

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    Feb 19, 2010, 07.53 AMby passthepins

    Thats outrageous!! You need botox??? p.s love the dress:)

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