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Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Added Feb 17, 2013

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






This fabric from Tessuti was bought on a complete whim, basically because I loved the ridiculously bright stripes. I didn’t have any particular plan for how to make this dress, other than it would be playing with different directions in the stripes.
I didn’t use a pattern, just sketched out the pieces straight on the fabric. I decided that vertical stripes would be best for the bodice, and horizontal for the skirt. I tried it on without sleeves but it looked a bit too 80s tennis dress. I wasn’t sure what to do for sleeves, because I wanted to keep playing with directions of stripes and thought normal sleeves probably wouldn’t work. I had two triangular pieces left over from cutting out the skirt, so I decided to see how they’d work as sleeves. They looked good, with the stripes on the diagonal, so I decided to stitch in the triangles.

I had been hoping to photograph this dress on a bright sunny day, but it’s just been clouds and storms the last few days. So instead, this is on a cloudy day, contrasting to the brightness of the stripes.
Photos (and title) by Ezzles.

Material Notes

1.5m striped jersey




Garment Type
Beach, Other

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    Feb 18, 2013, 08.32 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    a very appropriate title! i do love the bright colours too and it’s really neat what you’ve done with the stripes!

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      Feb 18, 2013, 10.51 AMby pambox

      The bright colours work together really well – neither would work alone, but together, they’re just fun.

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    Feb 17, 2013, 04.09 PMby TailorFairy

    love it! so pretty!

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      Feb 18, 2013, 10.51 AMby pambox


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    Feb 17, 2013, 02.06 PMby Mary Athey

    Fab,dress and fabric. I love.how.you’ve.done.the sleeves x

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      Feb 18, 2013, 10.51 AMby pambox


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