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Purple Dress from Newlook 6674

Added Dec 29, 2009

by sunnilj9

Cedar City, Utah...






A dress I finished awhile ago from Newlook 6674. Not surprisingly, it took me an entire year to actually finish this project…Cut it out a year ago, sewed it up six months later and then made some alterations to it not too long ago. I took pattern option A and removed the sleeves and added bias tape to make a binding for the sleeveless look. I added in a ruffle collar which is made from purple swiss dot silk that I just happened upon a few years ago. That is one hard fabric to find, let me tell you. Cut a few strips of that, gathered it and added it around the collar area before I put on the facing. I was having a problem keeping the busty area of this dress closed and not because the girls are big if you know what I mean. Actually, its because the shoulders are broad in this case. So I added those buttons on the front to help combat that problem. Now for the back. This was a complete accident. Since I have broad shoulders and didn’t plan for that, even though I’ve made this dress before, I decided to add a little inset to the back. I cut the back in half and then sewed in a triangle in the top section and sewed the rest of the backing back together. After that, I just topstitched to keep from fraying too much on the inside. I love the way this turned out. Sort of vintage in a way, I think.

Material Notes

Made using Echino, japanese fabric. 100% cotton.
Ruffled collar is made from 100% swiss dot silk.




Garment Type
Casual, Classic
Cotton, Silk

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    Jun 8, 2010, 06.59 AMby holymango

    Have to repeat: simply gorgeous! Love the way you cut the fabric. That little dragonfly on your hip is perfectly lovely…

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    Feb 23, 2010, 04.10 PMby keren

    this dress is a work of art! I love it. It is inspiring. It’s beautiful, it sits well, it’s interesting and creative and lovely! I love all the detail and yet it has a clean look. The craftsmanship looks perfect.

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    Jan 13, 2010, 04.14 AMby laken

    this fabric is amazing! and what you have created with it – stunning!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 03.50 PMby anajan

    This dress is so cute!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 09.04 AMby lybu

    Wow. I love it !

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    Jan 2, 2010, 08.59 AMby bluewisteria

    I have to say, you are really gifted. The fabric is gorgeous, and the way you have worked it into a really hot dress is awesome. It is stunning.

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    Jan 2, 2010, 04.54 AMby juebejue

    <3 it, i wish i have your awesome fabric, but i dont think i would have thought of making such an awesome dress with them even if i did!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 08.47 PMby msgems

    Wow. I wish I had your dress. Its gorgeous. I love the fabric and the style… love love love everything about it. I really like the “accident” at the back. It really adds an interesting unique touch to your dress. You should be really proud. Wish I had your figure to pull off such a lovely dress. Well done :-)

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    Dec 30, 2009, 03.41 PMby BeYou TiFul

    Wow, so cute!

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    Dec 30, 2009, 12.46 AMby heartspromise

    Oh, too cute!

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    Dec 29, 2009, 04.07 PMby sunnilj9

    Everyone is so sweet! Thank you for all your sweet and wonderful comments. I’ll be even more confident the next time I wear it, thinking of everything everyone said.

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    Dec 29, 2009, 03.50 PMby gray

    What a stunning dress… and wonderful fabric. Have fun wearing it because everyone will watch you in awe in this dress!

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      Dec 29, 2009, 04.02 PMby sunnilj9

      That is so sweet! It’s such a great, colorful dress to wear. I do having alot of fun wearing it.

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    Dec 29, 2009, 03.31 PMby hdeixonne

    Quel talent! Very nice dress, very nice fabric and very nice shape! I wish one day to be able to sew as well as you do!

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      Dec 29, 2009, 04.01 PMby sunnilj9

      Aww, Thank you!

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    Dec 29, 2009, 03.12 PMby kosmika

    Fabric is fantastic :) you made a great job, it’s worth a year’s wait! :)

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    Dec 29, 2009, 01.59 PMby maria-jose-bon

    the dress is perfect! congratulations…

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    Dec 29, 2009, 01.31 PMby Jodi Wade

    I love the fabric and that inset at the back is perfect.

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    Dec 29, 2009, 01.20 PMby sandoz18

    This fabric is gorgeous and, as others have said, perfect for this dress. Nicely done!

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    Dec 29, 2009, 11.11 AMby pemvandepar

    beautiful fabric! it’s perfect :-) well done

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    Dec 29, 2009, 11.07 AMby flosiepoos

    Simply gorgeous! And the way you adapted the fit to your own measurements also make the dress far more wearable and practical for you, which means you’ll wear it lots!

    The fabric is really beautiful… If you get bored with the buttons you could replace them with self covered ones with the spider and the dragonfly on them!

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      Dec 29, 2009, 04.03 PMby sunnilj9

      Ah! yes, fantastic idea. Thank you!

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    Dec 29, 2009, 09.45 AMby jd98

    the fabric looks like it was created for this dress! the result is lovely

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    Dec 29, 2009, 08.53 AMby janul

    Wow, beautiful, I love the fabric and the shape! And those ruffles… :)

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      Dec 29, 2009, 04.03 PMby sunnilj9

      The ruffles are one of my favorite parts too! I love ruffles, they make life so sweet!

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    Dec 29, 2009, 07.47 AMby nojallakuutamo

    Worth waiting, especially for that lil dragonfly + spider :)

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    Dec 29, 2009, 02.32 AMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    exquisite!!! i love the variations and additions you made. the triangle in the back is an unexpected surprise!! i hope to someday be able to take a pattern and custom alter it like this.

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      Dec 29, 2009, 04.05 PMby sunnilj9

      Thank you! Alot of my alterations have just been accidents. I suppose its taken alot of accidents to get to this point!

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    Dec 29, 2009, 01.50 AMby permenjahe

    very nice dress, I like the fabric. congratulation on finishing the dress.

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    Dec 29, 2009, 01.41 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    It’s really cute, you did well to keep at it and finish it, well done. I love the fabric, very chic :)

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    Dec 29, 2009, 01.36 AMby lyndsayb

    With all your additions, it makes for a very special dress! I adore the fabric, the buttons on the front, and the inset in the back. Isn’t it wonderful when sewing “mishaps” make your garment extraordinary?! It’s simply marvelous! :)

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      Dec 29, 2009, 04.06 PMby sunnilj9

      I agree! I think one of the best parts of sewing a garment is when you do something completely wrong and don’t have the fabric to fix it. Then it becomes a little puzzle to try and find a creative solution. Thank you!

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