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Ribbon Ties and Butterflies

Added Mar 23, 2013

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






This is a dress partly made from a mistake. It wasn’t meant to tie at the shoulders or back, but I forgot that the pattern I based the bodice on doesn’t include seam allowance, so I had to come up with a way to disguise my stuff-up. So a scrappy piece of cheap purple satin came to the rescue. But in the end, I think that rescue suits the dress much better than normal shoulders and a button at the back!

The pattern is largely self-designed, although I did use an old downloaded pattern as a guide for the bodice front and top back. The bodice is fully line to make it a bit more structured and because the fabric is quite thin, and the skirt is just a gathered rectangle to show off the fantastic border print. Although I am a little iffy on a lurid yellow nuclear waste river in real life, even if the kids on the fabric seem to be having fun.

Photos by Ezzles as usual.

Material Notes

1.5 metres cotton
0.8 metres satin
1 6 inch zipper




Garment Type

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    Mar 31, 2013, 08.23 AMby dabura

    Adorable dress. Great project! :)

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    Mar 24, 2013, 08.16 PMby tejka

    very nice dress!the back is awesome.

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      Mar 25, 2013, 11.18 AMby pambox


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    Mar 24, 2013, 11.54 AMby dgprado

    I love your dress, everything is fine, and it fits you so nicely.

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      Mar 25, 2013, 11.17 AMby pambox

      Thank you

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    Mar 24, 2013, 04.25 AMby kisses

    Nice fabric and your mistake turns into a wearable dress. You should be proud

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      Mar 25, 2013, 11.17 AMby pambox

      I like when mistakes work out!

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    Mar 23, 2013, 10.21 AMby flowergirl22

    oh so sweet,, love the design on the back with the bow,

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      Mar 25, 2013, 11.15 AMby pambox

      Thank you

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    Mar 23, 2013, 07.46 AMby Mary Athey

    this is just gorgeous, i love your fabric and the bow back was an inspired idea as its fab. your photos make me so jealous as we,’re knee deep in snow again here lol xx

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      Mar 25, 2013, 11.14 AMby pambox

      Thanks! Summer’s hanging around here for longer than usual – which is good because I get to wear this dress!

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