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Southwestern summer Dress

Added Jun 2, 2011

by petitejosette

Vancouver, Canada






This is a dress made from Quick Butterick 6528.
It’s a simple A-shape dress with a front button band and center pleat.
the fabric is a heavy-ish cotton from Dressew. I made a few alterations: I lowered the neckline a couple inches, took 3/4 inch at the side seam for a more fitted look, and shortened the skirt by 4 inches.
I used contrasting fabric for the neck band and underlap of the button band.
I also added fold-over sleeve bands in the same contrasting fabric for a more visually balanced result, traced from a different pattern (BWOF 132-02-2011).

For the inside finish, I used a technique to make french seams with in-seam pockets found on the Slapdash Sewist blog

I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, with the print being quite “heavy”, but the result is a very comfortable, fun and unique dress that I am definitely happy I made.

More details on my blog

Material Notes

%100 cotton




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual

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    Jun 4, 2011, 12.47 AMby saylavie

    really nice dress!! great photos too!

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    Jun 3, 2011, 06.01 PMby alexphil

    great print and a really nice dress!

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    Jun 3, 2011, 10.40 AMby u120418

    Nice dress! Your alterations make it!

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    Jun 3, 2011, 06.36 AMby emily-marie

    so perfect, I love everything about it! I think I may finally need to make a trip up to this Dressew place…

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      Jun 4, 2011, 01.54 AMby petitejosette

      You should ! I don’t think I’ve ever come out of there empty-handed. And while you’re there, check out Designer Fabric, 1 block East on Hastings, and Button button, around the corner on Homer…
      Thanks for your nice comment!

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    Jun 2, 2011, 06.11 PMby lizajane09

    I LOVE this fabric! Great summer dress.

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    Jun 2, 2011, 03.46 PMby keren

    It looks great on you. I love the unique “Native American” (?) print and your sleeve alterations. Great job on the button band – looks meticulously well-made. Love the belt too :-)

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