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Summer in the City dress

Added Jun 13, 2010

by sibeli

Copenhagen, Denmark






I wish the weather here would finally comply, so I could wear this dress outside…soon. The fabric is the most beautiful vibrant silk and a birthday gift from my mum. (Thanks mum :-) I used my bodice block for the top and made two fabric tubes for the straps. The skirt consists of two rectangular pieces that I gathered at the waist…very easy and quick to make.

In the back I added an exposed zipper. I know people say this trend is pass, but I think not :-) I am crazy about exposed heavy zippers, especially when paired with delicate fabrics like silk.

Material Notes

Silk, zipper, lining




Garment Type

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    May 21, 2012, 06.10 AMby buddingnaturalist

    It’s beautiful! Those colour really make it pop!

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    Aug 30, 2010, 03.58 PMby aoifemcm

    gorgeous, I love the straps. Also, you look incredibly like Lily Allen in the first picture!

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    Jul 11, 2010, 10.48 AMby fifilina

    that looks great!! that is an amazing print. and i still like exposed zippers too.

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    Jul 8, 2010, 05.42 PMby calicia-1

    like the zipper back detail

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    Jul 6, 2010, 08.48 PMby lelie

    great dress! Love the back! Very nice!

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    Jul 2, 2010, 12.13 AMby petitejosette

    I LOVE everything about this dress. It’s fun and feminine, the back is very interesting and sexy and works great with the more simple necline of the front. Gorgeous fabric. and the exposed zipper works perfectly… Argh, this is one of those dresses that make me soooo frustrated I’m not able to just think something up and make it in a jist…

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    Jul 1, 2010, 11.23 PMby hargismom

    This is very cute.

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    Jun 18, 2010, 12.01 AMby marinaglory

    I love love love this dress! The straps and the back is very flattering, and the print and two-tiered skirt are so fun :) This is so inspiring, I hope you don’t mind if I borrow your design because I want a dress like this!!

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      Jun 18, 2010, 06.37 AMby sibeli

      Not at all, borrow away :-)

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    Jun 17, 2010, 01.06 PMby mwelland

    Really impressed that you made this pattern up yourself! I’m inspired to figure out a bodice block and make up dress too!

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      Jun 17, 2010, 04.57 PMby sibeli

      That’s great! I’ve found that once you have that block, you can make all sorts of alterations and even beginners, like myself, can do it :-)

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    Jun 16, 2010, 05.48 PMby sibeli

    Thanks everyone for your nice comments and for liking the zipper ;-)

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    Jun 16, 2010, 03.57 AMby slj1224

    cute! Love the color on you! and I also like the zipper – it gives it personality!

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    Jun 16, 2010, 01.00 AMby Vivat Veritas

    i loooove it! sooo cute!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 06.44 PMby keichenberg

    I love it, it looks great on you! I’ve always been a fan of adding zippers too!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 04.31 PMby nana3131


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    Jun 15, 2010, 04.01 PMby irika

    nice work on the lining too… this can get tricky on fluid fabrics/silk… :) excellent!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 03.36 PMby diyraven

    yes ma’am – love.this.i.do!!!!!!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 01.29 PMby woman

    lurrvee it!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 01.23 PMby epleskall

    Love this! The fabric and especially the back straps..

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    Jun 15, 2010, 09.31 AMby vickalo999

    Fantastic dress, and nothing to do with the dress – your bird tattoo is amazing!

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      Jun 16, 2010, 05.42 PMby sibeli

      Thanks :-D

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    Jun 15, 2010, 07.36 AMby benew

    um, YES!

    Did you draft everything yourself?? It’s perfect!

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      Jun 16, 2010, 05.45 PMby sibeli

      Yes, but once you have your own bodice block the rest is very easy. There are great tutorials for bodice blocks out there and it really makes life easier when you have one :-)

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    Jun 15, 2010, 02.58 AMby annawilliamson

    definitely not passé, you rock it well :D

    really great job on this, the whole look is fabulous!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 02.57 AMby khunnongju

    Pretty cute both dress and model!!! _

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    Jun 14, 2010, 10.36 PMby jazzyka

    I love it ! The fabric the dress nice nice and nice !

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    Jun 14, 2010, 06.55 PMby assets

    Excellent dress I love it/

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    Jun 14, 2010, 06.41 PMby nettevivante

    So very, very beautiful! Love the exposed zipper, too and didn´t know that it was passé already! :)

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      Jun 14, 2010, 07.14 PMby sibeli

      Thanks! Well passé schmassé, right?! :-)

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    Jun 14, 2010, 05.59 PMby smalldose

    wow. I LOVE the fabric and the back turned out wonderfully!

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      Jun 14, 2010, 07.13 PMby sibeli

      Thanks, I’m in love with this fabric too :-)

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    Jun 14, 2010, 08.31 AMby irmchen

    Such a lovely creation… fantastic fabric! :-)

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    Jun 14, 2010, 02.43 AMby sewgurlwmu

    I loooove this! Great job :) Also, I love the name of your dress…do you listen to Regina Spektor? (summer in the city..)

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      Jun 14, 2010, 06.44 AMby sibeli

      I listened to Begin to hope while I was sewing :-)

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    Jun 13, 2010, 11.58 PMby ginasophia

    Gorgeous! I love love love the back straps

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