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Open-backed pink dress

Added Jan 25, 2011

by sarsaparilla

Brisbane, Australia






An open-backed pink dress made from an 80’s girls pattern.

I love this pattern, because it’s interesting, incredibly easy to make and fits me well. I scored 6m of this pink fabric for $5 at St. Vinnies! I’m not entirely sure what type of fabric it is: it has a similar weave to twill, but is very soft with a lovely drape. The dress is finished off with two matching buttons I salvaged from my button box.

Now for a quick whinge about sewing supply stores! Australians will understand my frustration with Spotlight and Lincraft well. Neither store stocked the right pink thread or zipper, which is a bit odd because dusty pink isn’t exactly an ‘exotic’ colour… So, to keep the visibility of the horribly mismatched thread to a minimum, I had to hand-pick the zipper and sew the hem and bias-binding by hand. The waistband is attached by snaps, which pop open spontaneously (not good!). So, unfortunately, a buttonhole will be necessary. I’ll save that for another day… :)

You can see more pictures of the dress on my blog: The Forty Acre Wood

Material Notes

Dusty pink fabric (second-hand); 2 old buttons; zipper; thread; bias binding




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Romantic, Vintage

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    Mar 20, 2011, 07.01 AMby Sofiagynther

    Wow. This is my dream dress. It’s very very pretty!

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    Mar 3, 2011, 10.02 AMby hannnc

    My favourite dresses (for quite some time) have high conservative necklines at the front and an interesting/low back. I WANT THIS DRESS like you don’t even understand. Wish i could go buy this pattern. Well done. I need to start designing my own patterns so I can make whatever shapes I like, not just what i find with patterns.

    And yes, i hate fabric options in Australia! I don’t quite have the budget for Tessuti at the moment so Spotlight is my main store, though I am very annoyed at their range! Wanting another reasonably priced store that chooses better stock!

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      Mar 11, 2011, 09.19 PMby sarsaparilla

      haha thanks! I love the conservative neckline/low back style dresses too.

      I wish I could afford Tessuti as well – it might be a while until I can :) I’ve found a few thrift stores that stock great cotton fabrics, but it’s impossible to find decent evening material!

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    Feb 23, 2011, 07.22 PMby alexphil

    Beautiful and sweet!

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    Feb 17, 2011, 11.07 AMby Zyanya Walker

    very lovely dress! I think I might make something similar now. And I agree with how frustrating spotlight and lincraft are! I avoid them unless I really need something specific, majority of my fabrics also come from op shops :) you did such a neat job on the zipper, I’m not as patient and just would have used the closest thread possible!

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      Feb 17, 2011, 11.15 AMby sarsaparilla

      Thanks Zyanya! I’ve started buying all of my fabric from op shops now too – much more fun than shopping at Spotlight ;)

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    Feb 7, 2011, 08.56 PMby pollygirl

    This is so beautifully soft. Wow! =)

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    Feb 7, 2011, 01.33 AMby woman

    Ohhh the dress is gorgeous! Ure right abt the cut, it’s interesting and yet looks so effortless. And sarsaparilla is definitely a win in my book too ;)

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      Feb 7, 2011, 10.21 AMby sarsaparilla

      Thanks! It’s fairly comfy too, so I can’t complain about that ;)

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    Feb 3, 2011, 11.15 PMby carottesauvage

    Never saw such a beautiful and delicate colour! It suits you perfectly and the dress is great!

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      Feb 4, 2011, 01.31 AMby sarsaparilla

      Thank you so much! The colour is quite special – it’ll be a sad day when I use the last of the fabric!

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    Jan 29, 2011, 06.47 AMby junaluska

    The soft colour is so pretty, and it looks fantastic on you. The cutout is great, too. Is the top lined?

    And can I say that your name is awesome? I love sarsaparilla.

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      Jan 29, 2011, 09.46 AMby sarsaparilla

      Thanks! The bodice isn’t lined, but has facings instead. If I made another one, I’d probably line it though (the facings don’t sit as nicely as I’d like :S)

      Haha sarsaparilla is the only soft drink I like! It’s a little weird :)

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    Jan 28, 2011, 02.57 AMby lizajane09

    Beautiful! I love the color on you.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 05.02 PMby tamezdc

    Very cute dress!

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    Jan 27, 2011, 11.05 AMby kihli

    I saw the dress in your profile pic when you commented to iroiro being a featured member, and I like it a lot, even on the small photo! Your dress is great, and the colour is very special and suits you so well!

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      Jan 27, 2011, 10.21 PMby sarsaparilla

      Aw thanks :) I was a little worried that the pink would wash me out (I’m super pale), but I’m growing to like it!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 10.03 PMby mollykatherine

    The dress is beautiful on you, the colour suits your so well. As for your frustration with spotlight/lincraft, i feel your pain. I was looking for red satin bias tape the other day, not available?! what the?! like pink, also not an exotic colour. Thank god for international online shopping ;) well done x

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      Jan 27, 2011, 08.22 AMby sarsaparilla

      It’s crazy, right? Definitely thankful for online shopping too :)

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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.44 AMby tickledwhimsy

    Cute! That peek a boo in the back is my favorite bit, I’ve been dreaming about a dress like this for myself this summer.

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      Jan 26, 2011, 07.04 AMby sarsaparilla

      Thanks! I hope you can make a similar dress for summer :)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 11.04 PMby ellohdesign

    great work!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 02.25 PMby ivorykohl

    This dress is very classic in the front and surprising in the back. I love it! I’ve been thinking of putting together a backless dress for summer and I really like this one. Very nice!

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      Jan 25, 2011, 10.21 PMby sarsaparilla

      Thanks! My favourite thing about this dress is the contrast between the front and back. I can’t wait to see your backless dress :)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 12.09 PMby Ophelia K

    Loooovely!!! I am in love with this dress! The color is perfect for spring! Also great to have our projects next each other:)

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      Jan 25, 2011, 10.22 PMby sarsaparilla

      Thanks! Haha I thought it was nice they were next to each other too :)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 12.01 PMby hdk100

    I really like your dress! I’m not from Australia, and don’t know these store but I have the same feeling here at home about fabric stores. I usually don’t find what I can fall in love with… I woldn’t start sewing by hand though, so congratulations for that! :)

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      Jan 25, 2011, 10.24 PMby sarsaparilla

      Thanks! Haha it took me a year to get the urge to handsew! I popped on a movie and the time went fairly fast :)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.42 AMby tashmopolitan

    adorable, so pretty and feminine!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.07 AMby pampula

    this is very beautifull!!

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