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Polkadotted Twirling Dress

Added Mar 15, 2016

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






I can’t think of a better name for this. It’s a dress, it’s covered in polkadots, and it’s impossible to put it on and not start twirling, so polkadotted twirling dress it shall be.
This dress is made of 5.5 metres of vintage nylon chiffon-like fabric. I don’t know the date that it’s from, but it’s probably from the 1950s looking at the print and the type of fabric. The width and amount of the fabric meant a very full maxi dress was the only choice. Because the fabric frays like crazy – not exactly a surprise for a nylon chiffon – I wanted to use the selvedges where I could. For all the other seams, I decided to cover them in bias binding. The larger polkadots were a obvious choice to have at the bottom of the skirt. The fabric was fairly wide, so works for an empire line to floor maxi skirt. I cut off about 50cm to be the bodice, and used the rest of it for the skirt.
The bodice is incredibly simple but effective. It is two strips of the fabric, slightly overlapped at the front, and folded over the shoulders to meet at the centre back. They’re overlapped at the sides and hand stitched together to form simple sleeves. The effect gives it a simple V front and back, with hints of 1930s and 1970s styles. Given how big the skirt is I wanted the top to be as simple as possible. The bias binding just gives it that little bit of a finished look.

Read more about it: http://antipodeanstitcher.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/polkadotted-twirling-dress.html

Material Notes

5.5 metres nylon (or semi-sheer chiffon-like fabrics)




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Bohemian, Romantic, Vintage

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    Apr 10, 2016, 05.25 AMby hello Itsme

    this is nice! =)

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    Mar 29, 2016, 11.48 AMby Mackoin

    Very lovely dress, somehow the shape reminds me of traditional Korean clothing! Love the colours and love how the fabric falls so nicely!

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      Apr 5, 2016, 01.20 PMby pambox

      It does have a similar shape to traditional Korean dress! I hadn’t noticed but can see it now you point it out.

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    Mar 18, 2016, 05.36 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Gorgeous dress!!

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      Apr 5, 2016, 01.20 PMby pambox

      Thank you!

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    Mar 18, 2016, 09.02 AMby Iris Arctica

    Such a fun dress, I love the print!

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      Apr 5, 2016, 01.20 PMby pambox


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