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Pattern Magic bow dress

Added Sep 17, 2010

by veryprairie

Il, Illinois, Un...






Sleeveless tank-style dress based on a design from Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi, my favorite sewing book.

I altered a basic bodice pattern following the clear diagrams in the book (text is in Japanese, which I can’t read).

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Material Notes

Fabric is hand-dyed linen, silk organza underlining in the bodice, fully-lined in Ambiance rayon.




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Dec 3, 2010, 10.41 AMby inlovewithcreating

    ABSOLUTELY gorgouse!

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    Oct 6, 2010, 05.23 AMby Meredith Ploughman

    What a lovely dress, do you have the pattern available to down load would love to make itl

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    Sep 20, 2010, 12.47 PMby Aida Toromanovic

    OMG!!! I’m in love with it! Oh God I want this dress! veryprairie you are genius!

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    Sep 20, 2010, 07.03 AMby cristinalanz

    great to see one of these done… i bought the book and love looking at it… it is most inspiring… but still have not applied the details… very inspiring

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    Sep 20, 2010, 12.40 AMby 00001

    Im in love with this dress!

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    Sep 19, 2010, 08.49 AMby xplorewild

    i want the tutorials for this dress

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    Sep 19, 2010, 12.31 AMby sallyleigh

    This is just so fabulous. You have such a unique creative vision to take that beautiful top pattern and make this dress, in this way, in this colour! Congratulations!!

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    Sep 18, 2010, 10.29 PMby BlancheOfArts

    Perfect! <3

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    Sep 18, 2010, 09.05 PMby chichil

    That’s beautiful, the design, the fit, the fabric… everything’s great! Congrats :)

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    Sep 18, 2010, 05.29 AMby chillwear

    Love this, fantasic job!

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    Sep 18, 2010, 01.27 AMby nessys

    This is so elegant. Just beautiful and the colours are superb!

    I have recently discovered the wonderful world of Japanese Sewing Books – and I must say – I am incredibly excited by your news that soon the Pattern Magic books will be available in English.

    You look beautiful. That dress is a thing of beauty and art.

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    Sep 17, 2010, 09.52 PMby ruthieburda

    so cool!!

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    Sep 17, 2010, 09.02 PMby rachelnyc

    This is so amazing, genius pattern and extraordinary color. I can’t wait to see more of your creations!

    -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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    Sep 17, 2010, 07.23 PMby scissorhappy-1

    Love it! Love it! Love it! Would love to make it but I don’t think it would look as good with big bozzooms. And lets be honest, my waist is gone too but it’s so beautiful. Lovely fabric too.

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      Sep 19, 2010, 03.44 AMby veryprairie

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

      You can’t really tell here, but I have a full bust too and I think the bow still works.

      Here is another version as a top, and doesn’t she look lovely.

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    Sep 17, 2010, 05.06 PMby i-am-my-own-sweatshop

    OMG! I have both of these books (thankfully a japanese co-worker to help with translation), I have wanted to make some of the patterns but just have gotten around to it. Fabulous dress, fabulous color!

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    Sep 17, 2010, 04.38 PMby redslippers

    so clever! it’s just gorgeous

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    Sep 17, 2010, 12.55 PMby nikkishell

    This is amazing! I’ve been eyeing off the pattern magic books but want to wait until they’re available in English i think.

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      Sep 19, 2010, 03.37 AMby veryprairie

      Thank you so much!

      Good thinking to wait for the English versions; I have both volumes in Japanese but will probably re-buy the ones I can actually read.

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    Sep 17, 2010, 12.33 PMby dabura

    gorgeous. very original and stylish. well done

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    Sep 17, 2010, 10.51 AMby luxihere

    Caught my eye! Will try to meddle with basic bodice and see if can replicate anywhere near this. Any tips for doing so. Please…

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      Sep 19, 2010, 03.22 AMby veryprairie

      The front bodice and collar pattern pieces look like this. Darts are rotated to the center of the bodice, then it is spread and extended to form one of the bow loops. The collar is folded over (pattern piece should be cut on the fold on the long straight edge) and stitched to the neck. Here is a great post showing the pattern manipulation process. Good luck!

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    Sep 17, 2010, 10.48 AMby loyl8

    Great job!! Love the color and the pattern. Good job!

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    Sep 17, 2010, 08.49 AMby charlotteauzou

    I am so impressed. I want this book to make a dress like yours !

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      Sep 19, 2010, 03.23 AMby veryprairie

      Do it! You’ll look gorgeous! :)

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    Sep 17, 2010, 08.43 AMby ona

    fantastic job ,i have the book but i’m not brave enough to try it ,after seeing your dress may be i will think again well done
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      Sep 19, 2010, 03.29 AMby veryprairie

      Thank you so much Ona.

      I was intimidated by this book too and have been contemplating making something from it for YEARS. Really, it wasn’t too difficult. Just do it! I will gladly help if you need it, here or my email address is my username @gmail.com.

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    Sep 17, 2010, 07.35 AMby carolyn-s

    You’ve done a fantastic job with this pattern, fabulous to see it made up! The colour is amazing too…

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    Sep 17, 2010, 06.05 AMby hdk100

    What a wonderful dress! Too bad there’s no way to get such a book in Europe…You’ve made it beautifully!

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      Sep 19, 2010, 03.34 AMby veryprairie

      Thank you for your kind words!

      Have you checked YesAsia? It looks like they ship to most countries in Europe.

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    Sep 17, 2010, 03.59 AMby Phyu Myo Hlaing(Jasmine)

    i love the idea of placing a bow and the way it is tied on the blouse
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    Sep 17, 2010, 02.43 AMby embaby

    Gorgeous! I was flipping through the book last week and saw this design. Your dress is absolutely stunning and I LOVE the colour of your fabric!

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    Sep 17, 2010, 02.30 AMby lizajane09

    That is absolutely beautiful! I love everything about it. The color is wonderful. I’m learning more about dyeing and painting fabric at the moment. What sort of dyes do you use?

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      Sep 17, 2010, 05.53 AMby veryprairie

      Thank you so much!

      I used iDye brand dye in chartreuse and fiber reactive dye (for plant-based fibers) in avocado from DharmaTrading.com. They also carry excellent dye for silk called jacquard acid dye. The instructions on their website are excellent with lots of tips and techniques. I usually order several dyes so I can tweak it to get the shade just right.

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    Sep 17, 2010, 02.23 AMby hamble

    Great dress! Great colour! I have been eyeing off the pattern magic books for a little while, I will have to get myself a copy!

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      Sep 17, 2010, 05.55 AMby veryprairie

      Thank you kindly!

      The pattern magic books are coming out in English very soon and the price has gone down. I think it’s a sign :)

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    Sep 17, 2010, 02.12 AMby gaviccaabri

    Nice! Beautiful color

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    Sep 17, 2010, 02.06 AMby freakusbzzz


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