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Post-back surgery dress

Added Sep 14, 2010

by Alexis Ward




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I wanted to make something that didn’t require all sorts of things that would require fastening right over the incision so I made this 1950s inspired dress out of fabric my mom had and i found some buttons she had from that era too! Bonus! It has two side slash pockets and two front patch pockets <figured I didn’t want to carry a purse either> So, I used no pattern and just sewed from the hip. So far I’ve gotten lots of compliments….or everyone was just being nice to the surgical patient :D

Material Notes

100% cotton print from the 70s <?>, satin ribbon accents and pocket closing loops, white broadcloth petticoat with hem reinforced with iron on interfacing, elastic for the top and iron on interfacing for the belt which is stitched in place around the back <you get tired of trying to find the tie belt in the laundry after a few tries…




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Cotton, Blends, Linen, Silk

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    Sep 14, 2010, 03.52 PMby Alexis Ward

    Thank you :)

    Making a dress without a pattern is pretty easy, you just have to think about the finished product and walk it back through the steps of the pieces and remember what you’ve sewn before like it. A shirt? OK, you have sleeves, collar….yoke, etc. Facings and linings would depend on the fabric.

    The back surgery is a good thing, scoliosis will run off if not carefully watched ;) I got almost an inch taller out of the deal!

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    Sep 14, 2010, 01.47 PMby zsyzu

    I like it! I wish I could make a dress without using a pattern. Good job.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 01.37 PMby sallyy

    Great dress and hope your back is better soon

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