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Spiegeltent Dress

Added Jan 22, 2011

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






This fabric was a cheap fitted cot sheet I bought from a charity shop. I loved the pattern (although I’m still not quite sure if the animals are meant to be dogs or rabbits) so decided to buy it. I’d come up with the basic design a while earlier, and had liked the cut out backs a lot of people had made during the northern summer. Now that it’s summer down here I decided it was time for me to do the same.

The piece of fabric was fairly small, so I used some heavy white cotton I already had. I changed a little bit away from my original sketch with the neckline/collar, which I’d originally planned to stitch in completely. Instead, I left it standing out a bit, which I think gives it a slight sailor hint. The collar buttons at the back, and there are buttons on both sides of the collar at the back for symmetry. The pockets are actually from the inside bit of the neckline, so I had almost no fabric wastage.

The dress is a bit childish, but I figure I’m built like a child so I might as well play off that in my clothes.

Apologies that the collar is a bit crushed in the photos – they were taken at the end of the day after I’d been wearing the dress, so things weren’t sitting quite as neatly as they had at the beginning of the day.

Material Notes

cotton, stretch cotton




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Geek
Cotton, Blends

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    Jan 27, 2011, 02.35 AMby tarinalove

    soo cute. Do you have a pattern for this?!

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      Jan 29, 2011, 06.35 AMby pambox

      no pattern, sorry. the skirt is two rectangles that have been slightly pleated to fit, with a basic bodice that i cut the top section from at the front and folded in at the back. the neckline was basically trial and error, i started by making it larger than i thought i’d need and just trimmed it back until it sat right.

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    Jan 22, 2011, 05.35 PMby stuffit-1

    how cute! and pockets are always a handy thing ;)

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      Jan 29, 2011, 06.37 AMby pambox

      i’m a recent convert to pockets. putting them on the front was a last minute decision, but with the white collar and hem i thought it really worked.

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    Jan 22, 2011, 07.43 AMby missymellie

    Rabbits and dogs maybe? Confusing cartoon creatures! The name sounds Sydney Festival inspired, it’s such a cute dress!

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      Jan 22, 2011, 10.43 AMby pambox

      thanks! yes, the name is sydney festival inspired, i wore it yesterday to see owen pallett. the photos were taken in hyde park.

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