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Opti-Stripe Dress

Added Jul 26, 2013

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






my attempt to make a copy of this dress i saw on one of the fashion stores displays in Amsterdam (see last pic). we were rushing to take the train downtown, so i didn’t have time to try the dress on, let alone buy it. so i took a picture of it, and vowed to make it myself.

by chance, i found the perfect pattern for this dress in my old Burda Style 09/2012 magazine, pattern no. 121. the end result is super!

the fabric i used was thick cotton jersey with stretch to both directions (length-wise and width-wise). because of this, i used my smallest size (my upper body is one size smaller than my lower part), and omitted the zipper.

i again miscalculated the amount of fabric i needed for this dress, since i’m basically using it length-wise for a few parts and width-wise for the others…. so thanks to my miscalculation, this was again not exactly a true copy of that dress in Amsterdam, because the stripes on the back side are all horizontal instead of partly vertical on the center back. and of course, the stripes on my self-made dress are a bit smaller than on the original dress.

but nevertheless, i love the dress & it’s also super comfy! oh, i also didn’t add any decorations (beads/stones/sequins) to the neck part, unlike the original dress that has black plastic stones (i think), because this way i can wear it to work too, and if i need to jazz it up to wear it for a night out then i can just add a necklace or something.

Material Notes

2 m of thick jersey with stretch (both ways).




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Classic

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    Mar 1, 2014, 11.16 PMby rita61

    This dress is great, very flattering. I’m remember reading your write up. I think this may have been when I was using the back button, and didn’t realize it was deleting comments I was making. OOPS…..

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      Mar 2, 2014, 05.59 PMby saxsilverain

      LOL, at least this time i got your comment. :D thanks so much!

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    Sep 27, 2013, 05.25 AMby annasalminen2

    Love your dress!

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    Aug 1, 2013, 07.21 AMby furiouscrocodile

    Love this…. I think I might copy you!

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      Aug 1, 2013, 07.54 PMby saxsilverain

      lol, copy the copier, that’s a good one! :D be my guest though, and thanks for the compliment! ;)

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    Jul 29, 2013, 01.05 PMby kisses

    Nicely done and it is lovely

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      Jul 29, 2013, 07.34 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you for your kind words!

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    Jul 27, 2013, 12.09 PMby EllenMarieS

    lovely dress.

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    Jul 27, 2013, 11.18 AMby cedille

    it actually turned out better than the one in the display! and you look so great in it!

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      Jul 27, 2013, 04.51 PMby saxsilverain

      aw, thank you, you’re too kind!

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    Jul 27, 2013, 05.24 AMby sunstruck1

    Definitely, your dress is better than the one you tried to copy. And it looks great on you too!

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      Jul 27, 2013, 04.50 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you so much for your lovely comment! :)

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    Jul 27, 2013, 01.12 AMby smallone

    oh i like yours better. really great!!!!!!!!

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    Jul 26, 2013, 08.27 PMby Mary Athey

    love this dress and i much prefer yours to the one in the shop window. its gorgeous on x

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      Jul 27, 2013, 04.49 PMby saxsilverain

      oh, thank you Mary! i’m loving it more and more now. :D

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    Jul 26, 2013, 05.53 PMby liliv-1

    Super! The stripes create a very nice effect!

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    Jul 26, 2013, 04.56 PMby Misstristras

    Woooow Its a better version than the magazine one… Love the striped fabric and how you worked with the lines… Fantastic!!!!

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      Jul 26, 2013, 06.00 PMby saxsilverain


      truthfully, when i first saw the dress in the magazine, i only saw a one-coloured dress with nothing special about it. after seeing it more carefully (and the technical drawing) i noticed the cut, and THEN i realized what a great pattern it is, thinking of all the combo possibilities. :D

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    Jul 26, 2013, 04.48 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Very nice and lovely! ;)

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      Jul 26, 2013, 05.57 PMby saxsilverain

      thank YOU for the nice comment! :)

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    Jul 26, 2013, 04.27 PMby Verdy

    I think yours is better than the one in the shop:)

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      Jul 26, 2013, 05.56 PMby saxsilverain

      hahah, thanks! that made my day! :D

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