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Sewist Sundress

Added Jan 11, 2014

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






This isn’t just the world’s funkiest check fabric – it’s the world’s funkiest check fabric with stripes that are actually tape measures with centimetres and inches marked along them.

The dress is self-drafted, with inspiration from classic late-40s-early-50s sundresses. I decided to do a bustier front for the dress to keep with that aesthetic, as well as a half-circle skirt. The cups do have underwires included to keep the shape even. The skirt and the lower part of the bust are cut on the bias, with the main bodice, the straps, and the top part of the bust cut on the straight grain. I thought that having the cut alternating would add interest, and that the skirt on the bias would look best, so all other pieces were cut based on that one. The dress was incredibly fast to make, taking only a few hours.

As you can tell by the photos, it was a very bright day!

Material Notes

2 metres check cotton
1 dress zipper
1 pair underwires




Garment Type
Vintage, Classic, Beach, Romantic

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    Feb 4, 2014, 09.50 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    Love how you played with the stripes! I love the look of cups but am mortally afraid of making some – is it difficult?

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      Feb 21, 2014, 07.17 AMby pambox

      It wasn’t too hard – I used a pair of underwires to get the right shape at the bottom of the cup, then added a bit of a curve to the top of that piece. The top piece is basically a narrow rectangle. I’m quite small-chested so the curves of the pieces are fairly small; you adjust the curve of the pieces depending on how much room you need.

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    Jan 12, 2014, 11.05 AMby Mary Athey

    Fabulous dress, i love how you alternated the fabric and you did a fab job drafting.this x

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    Jan 12, 2014, 08.03 AMby gouacherocks

    Awesome !

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    Jan 11, 2014, 03.18 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely dress – and you have done a Great job ;-)

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    Jan 11, 2014, 03.00 PMby bjr99

    This is such a cute dress! I love the fabric. Where did you find the fabric?

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      Jan 12, 2014, 05.06 AMby pambox

      I bought the fabric at a shop called Cleg’s in Melbourne, but the print is ‘Measure Twice’ by Benartex Fabrics. There’s also one with multicoloured tapes on a white background, and white tapes on a black background.

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    Jan 11, 2014, 02.25 PMby MojoHollz

    Sew cute! Haha cheesy joke I know but I couldn’t help myself, this fabric is so cute! It doesn’t even look like a novelty print from far away just a fun gingham but when you see it up close it’s a fun surprise with the tape measures :) It fits you so well too, great job!

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