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Pleated Mixed Batiks Dress

Added Mar 15, 2017

by hello Itsme

Nth Is, New Zealand






Flared Dress with Empire Waist – New Look 6173 Easy Sew 1994

I found a great ‘vintage’ pattern to finally use up the various medium sized leftovers of lovely Malaysian batik’s my friend bought back from holiday several years ago. I was able to make this batik print-blocked/patchwork dress out of them all, but only had enough fabric yield to make the short hemmed view/model for this pattern. Instead of using normal interfacing for the button-down front, or batik as lining for the bodice, I perused some vintage cream cotton in my remnants stash (aided with a bit of fabric glue) for both. I neglected to hand stitch neither the lower bodice edge, nor the hem, opting instead to do a quick double foldover straight machine stitch down for both lol. The faux tortoise shell buttons were also from the 70s. I finally know how to use the button-hole maker/measuring foot for the machine now lol. The dress is comfy on and I only have to slip it over my head, and the ties at the back cinches’ it all in. Location: Herne Bay.

Material Notes

variety of 5 cotton Malaysian batik prints, lightweight cotton in cream, 7 large faux tortoiseshell buttons, 2 snap buttons.



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Ethnic, Grunge

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    May 16, 2017, 11.26 AMby Stacyco

    Interesting idea is to sew a dress in batik technique. I like this work. You’re doing great!

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      May 16, 2017, 05.24 PMby hello Itsme

      I thank you very much Stacyco! i like your creations also, very cool work x

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    Apr 2, 2017, 09.35 AMby hello Itsme

    I wanted to impart a greenie spirit into the photos of my batik dress lol, and what better place to take them than in one of the many inner city communal organic gardens. Love the Earth…

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    Mar 24, 2017, 03.51 PMby kisses

    Interesting combination Nadia….overall its a lovely dress

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      Mar 26, 2017, 01.36 AMby hello Itsme

      Thank you so much for this feedback kisses! Most appreciated =D

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    Mar 22, 2017, 12.28 PMby suganyp

    wonderful color combinations…nice and cute dress!!

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      Mar 22, 2017, 01.01 PMby hello Itsme

      Thanks so much, I like the fabric combos you use too =)

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    Mar 21, 2017, 01.19 PMby lisascarolina

    Lovely mix of fabrics! Wonderful dress! :)

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      Mar 22, 2017, 01.45 AMby hello Itsme

      Thanks very much lisa great to hear X

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    Mar 20, 2017, 08.10 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Oh, look at this! Isn’t it amazing that you can put together so different, so bold colors and make such a unique piece! I’d love to wear it….

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      Mar 22, 2017, 01.47 AMby hello Itsme

      Thanks gorgeus, I love ur fantastic unique pieces too, love it!

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    Mar 18, 2017, 11.07 PMby liliv-1

    It’s so unique! A friend of mine had bought a similar (and very pricey) dress made of many different prints and she always got tons of compliments on it!

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      Mar 19, 2017, 12.07 AMby hello Itsme

      thank you lovely liliv, and thats wonderful to hear! i have hope that theres’ no other dress ‘exactly’ like this one in the world haha! xx

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    Mar 18, 2017, 01.44 PMby Stacyco

    Interesting idea! I like this dress from different pieces of fabric!

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      Mar 19, 2017, 12.02 AMby hello Itsme

      thanks so much Stacyco! i found this one surprisingly simpler than it may appear. its a great way to use those nice smaller pieces you can’t bear to chuck out lol =p

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    Mar 17, 2017, 07.53 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

    Absolutely fantastic! The fabrics are gorgeous and it’s so cool that you managed to get a dress out of them all!!

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      Mar 17, 2017, 09.45 PMby hello Itsme

      Thanks so much Lindsay, very cool way to put it haha! :p

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    Mar 17, 2017, 02.45 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wow! This is just fabulous my friend!! :-)

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      Mar 17, 2017, 03.04 PMby hello Itsme

      Thanx so much honey Ellen yay! X

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    Mar 17, 2017, 12.19 PMby Mary Athey

    I love this. What a fabulous dress and it looks smashing on you x

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      Mar 17, 2017, 02.08 PMby hello Itsme

      Thanx so much lovely Mary, great to hear! Happy St Pats :)x

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    Mar 16, 2017, 10.08 PMby TeenyUK


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      Mar 17, 2017, 03.36 AMby hello Itsme

      thanks so much teenyuk, my mum wants me to make her one, the longer version with sleeves hahaha. xx

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    Mar 16, 2017, 10.08 AMby Paola Setolier

    I love everything about your dress, shape, fabric and buttons!

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      Mar 17, 2017, 03.33 AMby hello Itsme

      i thank you very much Paola! i can see you like this type of style too, your projects are stylish! =)

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    Mar 16, 2017, 08.51 AMby chula123

    Absolutely brilliant how you have used up those lovely batik pieces!! Such a cute dress, I wouldn’t mind this myself for summer, love all the prints and colours together, great job nadia :-))

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      Mar 17, 2017, 03.30 AMby hello Itsme

      thanks so much chula for the lovely compliment! might have taken some planning, but i’m real happy with trying this out (mixing different prints together), whether complimentary or clashing its all good =Dx

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