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Summer Sewing Challenge - Paperbag dress

Added Jul 12, 2012

by machelefranklin

Paris, France






I had in mind to make a paperbag dress but couldn’t find a pattern that exactly suited my idea.
I then decided, for the top, to use the unfamous BWOF 02/2011 #101 cap sleeved dress, that looks so perfect on everyone who’s tried it.
I didn’t line it, and finished it with bias cut in the same fabric.

For the bottom, I patiently pleated a rectangle of fabric… I knew I wanted a belt to go through the pleats, to give that paperbag effect, so I created belt loops using 1 inch long buttonholes. 16 pleats make 32 buttonholes, which take a lot of time to complete ! You can see on the last picture a view of the fabric before i pleated it. Each double arrow shows a future buttonhole…

When top and bottom were finished, I sewed them together, and added a zipper at the back.
I hemed the skirt using a red bias on the inside ; I know I saw this technique somewhere online, but can’t remember where nor the name of this kind of finishing.

I’m super happy with the result, and it makes a perfect summer dress.

Material Notes

Coton, zipper.




Garment Type

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    Aug 30, 2012, 11.39 PMby smallone

    the details on this are just great.

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    Jul 16, 2012, 09.07 AMby celinesompayrac

    Bravo, c’est vraiment un magnifique projet.

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    Jul 13, 2012, 06.38 PMby ingerasx

    impressive! love the contrast

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    Jul 13, 2012, 04.56 PMby chillwear

    Wow, the detail in this is amazing! Love it…..

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    Jul 13, 2012, 01.47 PMby alexus1325

    Holy awesome dress! It’s such a great retro mash-up and uber-modern all at once! I’m astounded at the work you put into the belt loops, too :D

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    Jul 13, 2012, 09.03 AMby EdieWalicki

    So wonderfully done! I love the POP of the red zipper!

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    Jul 12, 2012, 08.51 PMby pantu

    really good idea!!! :)

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    Jul 12, 2012, 07.41 PMby HelenMoore

    This is amazing! Well done!

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    Jul 12, 2012, 07.40 PMby HelenMoore

    This is amazing! Well done!

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    Jul 12, 2012, 02.47 PMby freaky-philomeen

    …I just visited your studio and saw your status ‘Novice’…time to change? ;)))))

    Your creations are very special!

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      Jul 12, 2012, 02.59 PMby machelefranklin

      Ahah thank you. I never quite know how to judge my level, as my sewing technique is still quite freakish. But thanks anyway !

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    Jul 12, 2012, 02.42 PMby freaky-philomeen

    très jolie! it was worth the time you spent!

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    Jul 12, 2012, 10.08 AMby leokadia

    Ein wunderschönes, wirklich perfektes Kleid. Viel Freude beim Tragen!

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    Jul 12, 2012, 10.05 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Pretty darn cool! Love the pleating, and that zip!

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    Jul 12, 2012, 10.05 AMby TailorFairy

    love it! the little red in the blue looks great!

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    Jul 12, 2012, 09.30 AMby Mary Athey

    Fab dress xx

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    Jul 12, 2012, 09.19 AMby Madcinderella

    I LOVE it!!!!!

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