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Olive Trapeze Dress

Added Feb 26, 2010

by Ami Taf

London, United K...






When I bought this fabric I didn’t imagine it would end up as a dress. I had a waistcoat type thing in mind. But for some reason when I pulled it out three days ago, I couldn’t see it being anything other than a dress! I had some left over shirting fabric from a previous shirt I’d worked on and just went with it.

The button closure on the shoulders were totally unplanned. I sewed the neck and armhole and I couldn’t turn it My God! It was a nightmare. I don’t know what I did, or didn’t do. But I nearly went crazy trying to turn it. After spending more than three hours trying to figure it out I gave up and decided to have a closure there instead using the wooden buttons I had initially planned for the waistcoat.

The bodice is fully lined with polycotton. Same stuff the ruffles are made of.

Being a medium weight fabric the appliques sit so well without it collapsing inward.

I love it!

Material Notes

Olive suiting, cotton shirting and polycotton fabric. Wooden buttons.




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Other
Coating, Cotton, Blends

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  • Sany0107-2_large

    Jan 2, 2011, 10.29 AMby Sibel Bayraktar

    So interesting details! I like it: :)

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    Apr 4, 2010, 03.36 PMby mlssfshn

    Love the details!

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    Feb 28, 2010, 06.44 PMby lmb

    so creative. nice dress.

  • Cerdicono_large

    Feb 28, 2010, 04.56 PMby holasoylulu

    adorable!!!!!! i love those ruffle details!!

  • Gdac_logo_shirt_only_large

    Feb 27, 2010, 12.07 AMby gdac

    PS – those buttons are great too!

  • Gdac_logo_shirt_only_large

    Feb 27, 2010, 12.05 AMby gdac

    Wow, wow, super wow!!! Those ruffles are adorable? How did you make them?

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      Feb 28, 2010, 06.20 AMby Ami Taf

      Aww, thanks, :) It’s very easy, you cut the shape you want to pleat around. Then you cut the appropriate iron on interfacing minus half an inch on the circumference for sewing allowance.

      Then you cut the fabric you want to pleat with, and decide how wide you want it. In this case I wanted it to stick out half an inch from the round bit so I cut 2" wide strips, (if you want it to stick out by 1", you cut 3" wide strips with 0.5" allow and so on) folded in half and pressed.
      You then pleat around your circle, matching the raw edges of both fabrics. You can use your machine foot to get even pleats without measuring…. but that only works for narrow pleats though.
      After sewing the pleats I folded them inwards and steam/press to get the pleats to stay. You might also want to trim around the edges to reduce the bulk.
      I took some random pics while sewing, let me know if you’d like to see them.

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    Feb 26, 2010, 08.22 PMby mixtlii

    very cute !

  • Art_movement_large

    Feb 26, 2010, 08.13 PMby goldilox

    Some errors just work in your favour at times, this is a good one. love you use of pleats

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      Feb 28, 2010, 06.27 AMby Ami Taf

      Thanks Goldilox, :) I still don’t know how to turn a top that the lining has been sewn to the main body, such that the shoulder joining is hidden…. I know i’ve seen it in my little nieces clothes but somehow I’m not able to replicate it and it pains me.

    • Art_movement_large

      Feb 28, 2010, 06.40 AMby goldilox

      I’ve done it once before and it’s a bit technical but easy once you get it. Think I’ll try to upload a tutorial one of these days

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    Feb 26, 2010, 06.24 PMby cquinn13

    i love the buttons on the shoulder!

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    Feb 26, 2010, 05.32 PMby abbyzeeble

    I love it too. The colours are lovely together and I love those ruffles.

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