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Red Stripe Dress

Added Mar 19, 2012

by melonhead

Roanoke, Indiana...






I made this dress for a formal event and I finished it litterally 10minutes before I had to leave! Haha talk about cutting it (pun intending!) close! The dress is based off of a Dior design that I saw a while back, but with a couple design adjustments. The pattern is my own.

All of the piping that you see on the bodice was hand sewn. The feathers on the skirt were sewn onto tulle panels using a baste stich and then they are hand sewn onto the tulle skirt. The zipper in the back is just attached to the bodice, then there’s a placket with snaps sewn on, that connects the rest of the skirt. That way the zipper doesn’t get in the way of the feathers. The dress is fully lined, but I’m thinking of going back and adding some pockets to the dress…I’m a huge fan of pockets! I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out (although I’ll be fine with not doing a project that involves hand sewing for a while. haha) I hope that you like it :)

Material Notes

Black sheet, black lining, red tulle, bias tape, invisable zipper, snaps, hook and eyes.




Fall, Summer
Garment Type
Geek, Military, Victorian
Cotton, Blends, Tulle

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    Apr 18, 2012, 02.47 AMby monaverdour

    Love your work!

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    Apr 4, 2012, 05.47 PMby thefabledneedle

    Girl, you are awesome! And that tape dress too, wow.

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    Mar 31, 2012, 02.30 AMby timtamz

    It looks amazing, I love the detail

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    Mar 23, 2012, 08.17 AMby carolyn-s

    Wow! This is breathtakingly beautiful!

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    Mar 23, 2012, 01.51 AMby motozulli

    Really amazing. Worthy of any runway. You seem to enjoy process. If after everything you care to explore professional costuming, contact me. Not that i have any power, but connections are good ;-)

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    Mar 21, 2012, 01.47 PMby kerstika

    Absolutely amazing!

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    Mar 21, 2012, 09.11 AMby Ravince

    super pretty, love it

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    Mar 21, 2012, 02.28 AMby caramia-made

    Beautiful couture!

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    Mar 21, 2012, 02.03 AMby Debbie Alli

    I love it!!! Absolutely stunning work :)

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    Mar 20, 2012, 08.33 PMby melonhead

    Thank you everyone for such kind words!!

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    Mar 20, 2012, 07.40 PMby libra-s

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Love everything!! Great job!

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    Mar 20, 2012, 05.42 PMby wzrdreams

    Amazing work! I think the photographs are really great as well. I like that there are detail shots and close ups.

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    Mar 20, 2012, 02.42 PMby Shannon Grech

    You never cease to amaze me girl!!! I’m always excited to return my sewing room after looking at your stuff. Great work!!

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    Mar 20, 2012, 02.12 PMby Petitemess

    I’ve seen it on your blog and I do love it!

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    Mar 20, 2012, 01.11 PMby littlewren

    super chic! well done!

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    Mar 20, 2012, 12.35 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Really, really cool! Love the stripes, and the fact you had the patience to sew them all on yourself! It’s a fabulous dress, well done!

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    Mar 20, 2012, 12.08 PMby redslippers

    um wow!! this is simply incredible. it looks fantastic- beautifuly constructed. i agree it is definately not novice!!

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    Mar 20, 2012, 10.50 AMby laurii

    already said this on your blog, but this is amazing! :) x

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      Mar 20, 2012, 08.33 PMby melonhead

      Thank you!! :)

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    Mar 20, 2012, 10.19 AMby sewingfan1

    Stunning! Wish I had the patience for hand embellishing

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    Mar 20, 2012, 07.20 AMby Madcinderella

    Wow, this dress is fantastic, I love it! =D

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    Mar 20, 2012, 06.18 AMby schnui

    This dress is amazing and I think you are incredibly creative. Your techniques are simple but your creativity of putting this dress together are outstanding. Not everyone can be so unique in their design of a dress. Most of us can follow a pattern really well and with skill but to come up with something so beautiful is another thing.

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      Mar 20, 2012, 08.32 PMby melonhead

      Awe thank you for such kind words :)

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    Mar 20, 2012, 03.49 AMby smallone

    bet you stood out in the formal crowd…this is awesome!!

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      Mar 20, 2012, 08.31 PMby melonhead

      Thank you! Hahaha I didn’t stand out too badly, it was a formal/funky event so I was somwhere in the middle ;)

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    Mar 20, 2012, 02.47 AMby blueartisan

    Stunning dress! So many techniques, yet they really work together! Love it!

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    Mar 20, 2012, 01.53 AMby mojo elgin

    Gorgeous! …and I’d rank it much more difficult than “novice”. Great job!

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    Mar 20, 2012, 01.14 AMby michelle ><><><

    Very creative and inspiring! <><

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    Mar 19, 2012, 11.33 PMby tzyg0nka

    Beautiful. I love it.

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    Mar 19, 2012, 11.23 PMby freakusbzzz

    looks fantastic. love the piping.

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    Mar 19, 2012, 11.14 PMby Jodi Wade

    Cool dress. That must have been a lot of hand stitching! You have done a fabulous job.

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