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Sail Away Dress

Added Apr 7, 2010

by dewreb

Tacoma, Washingt...






A few days before I was to leave for a spring break cruise, I decided that I absolutely needed a special “Sail Away Dress.” Because I didn’t have a whole lot of time, I had to keep it simple. I used a Simplicity “Project Runway” pattern, and made the dress navy, white, and red. It all went pretty quick and simple. As usual, I made the dress 1 size smaller than the pattern package said for my measurements.

I’m pretty pleased with it. The things that I love the most are the cutesy flounce to the skirt, and the red bias at the hem. I also, for the first time in my life, felt that I met the perfect material for the particular dress in mind. The navy is a magical material with just a very slight stretch called a “bottomweight.” The one thing I don’t like is that it has some extra material bunching in the chest area near the arm holes. I am not sure whether this is because I have small breasts, a flaw in the design, or because I took out too much ease by making it 1 size smaller than my measurement size.

Material Notes

A magical bottomweight with a slight stretch.




Garment Type



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    Apr 21, 2010, 06.15 PMby dewreb

    It’s simplicity pattern 2588.

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    Apr 12, 2010, 07.55 PMby dewreb

    Thanks for all your kind comments!

    I am so sorry that I didn’t post the pattern number! I will try to remember to look it up, and post it for you who have asked! If I don’t do that soon, feel free to put a reminder on my wall!

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    Apr 12, 2010, 08.21 AMby meegie-moo

    squeeeee!!! I. LOVE. THIS. DRESS. – congratulations, it is so lovely!!

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    Apr 10, 2010, 05.02 PMby frkbustad

    Incredible cute sailor dress! Looks so sweet! Hope you’re having fun sailing, and I love those shoes!

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    Apr 9, 2010, 04.35 PMby claudine01

    Cute dress and great photos! I hope you had fun on your cruise.

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    Apr 9, 2010, 02.23 PMby threadsquare

    What more could I possibly add? It’s so adorable :) Marissaismyname is right…just a dart would take care of the bust issue, but I’m the queen of last minute, so I feel you on this.

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    Apr 9, 2010, 04.41 AMby sewgurlwmu


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    Apr 9, 2010, 03.12 AMby joboenvogue

    Okay, so. Number 1: you’re adorable. Number 2: your tailoring is flawless. This dress made me smile!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 09.45 PMby seussian

    That dress is so cute cute I think I’m going to die! You look so happy in that first picture :) It makes me smile :) God bless

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    Apr 8, 2010, 07.47 PMby hokidoki

    cute and sweet :)

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    Apr 8, 2010, 04.51 PMby laurii

    really pretty! :)

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    Apr 8, 2010, 02.59 PMby ajtak7171

    Just PERFECT!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 02.00 PMby nutmeg1

    everything about this is impossibly cute!!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 12.34 PMby jules87

    This dress is gorgeous!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 10.34 AMby oddoneout

    I think divine would be an understatement with this dress. Love love love!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 09.22 AMby zozowahine

    Seriously cute! You did a beautiful job. Hope you had a great holiday.

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    Apr 8, 2010, 08.08 AMby suzetewilliams

    This dress is fantastic and looks a million dollars on you! You made it extra special by adding the red peep toe shoes. You obviously know your fashion and have creative coordination.

    Can you please let us know which number pattern did you use? Thanks and happy sailing. :-)

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      Apr 21, 2010, 06.18 PMby dewreb

      HI Suzete, Sorry about not posting the pattern number till now! I don’t have internet at my house anymore, because I recently moved, so it took me awhile to get back to you!

      It’s Simplicity 2588

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    Apr 8, 2010, 07.54 AMby jamber

    I love it! Really cute and perfect with those shoes! Do you have the pattern nuber?

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      Apr 21, 2010, 06.19 PMby dewreb

      Yes, sorry about not posting it before. It’s Simplicity 2588

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    Apr 8, 2010, 07.27 AMby simo-1

    I love your dress! and your shoes too ;)

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    Apr 8, 2010, 06.53 AMby scarlettseamstress

    Love it! It looks like a pin up dress!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 02.40 AMby bbug59

    love the dress – you did agreat job!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 01.27 AMby lucysjewels

    This is such a great dress! Good work. Love Love Love it!!!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 12.37 AMby jukimoosegirl

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! you are adorable and so is that dress! I’m smitten! :)

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    Apr 8, 2010, 12.34 AMby gdac

    its just too cute!!!

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    Apr 7, 2010, 11.47 PMby hargismom

    Love it!

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    Apr 7, 2010, 11.34 PMby strawberrypancakesbykim

    oh my gosh! this is the perfect blend of vintage and modern and nautical. I LOVE it.

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    Apr 7, 2010, 11.09 PMby kristin lacuesta

    wow..this is nice..:)

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    Apr 7, 2010, 10.51 PMby la-perfectionista

    I love this dress, good job!

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