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Semi-formal Maxi dress

Added Sep 7, 2009

by lewc88

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I found a gorgeous scarf this past summer, but it was huge (over 5’ X 5’!!). I wanted to make something out of it, but didn’t want to cut it since it’s so gorgeous.

I used an old swimsuit top to free-hand the bust of the dress (out of some scrap denim) Then, all I had to do was sew the scarf straight on the bottom. The back has a tasteful key-hole that starts below the denim and ends at my lower back. Instead of cutting the scarf, I let the excess fall loosely in the back, and folded the extra at the bottom up about 3" for the hem.

It took me about 3 hrs to make (mostly because I free-handed the bust pattern) and I wore it to a gallery opening the next night.

Please note that my dressmaker’s form is bigger than I am, even on it’s lowest settings. So, I had the pin the dress to it when I took the pictures. It’s actually fits me perfectly.

Material Notes

the material the scarf is made out of snags very easily :(




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Evening Wear, Ethnic
Blends, Denim

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    Sep 8, 2009, 07.58 AMby milkyway

    you are a relly smart chick!! your dress looks gorgeousssssss is so beautiful I really like the fabric and the bustier idea is just top!! Really really well done, BTW the necklace is gorgeous too, it suits perfectly with the complete outfil

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    Sep 8, 2009, 01.15 AMby lala86

    Wow! I like it so much! and looks great with the necklace.. such a great ethnic look. I wish I was taller so as to wear something like that without looking like a lamp.

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      Sep 8, 2009, 01.45 AMby lewc88

      Thanks! It’s all about that scarf, the pattern is so bold.

      I wear that necklace with it a lot.

      I only wish I would have had the foresight to make it just a little bit longer so that i can wear heals with it. I can only wear flats, but I still love it.

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