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// Susanne's Red Dress //

Added Jan 15, 2012

by susanne2011

Perth, Australia






I normally tend to use fabrics with black and white prints, which is why this red fabric (Robert Kaufman “Carnaby Street” light weight cotton) was in my stash for more than 2 years. But because I literally cannot fit any more fabric in my dedicated cabinet I decided it was time to use some of it. As I live in Perth (Australia) I figured a nice summer dress would be great. This is the result. I drafted the sleeves and skirt myself and the pattern for the top was taken from Butterick pattern no. 5486 (a pattern for a maxi dress). It is far from perfect, as I had to tweak many things to improve the fit, but I am still quite happy with the result.

Material Notes

Light weight cotton.




Garment Type
Beach, Casual

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    Jan 16, 2012, 09.38 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    oh my, you really look like a 40´s calendar girl, looooove the retro feeling of your dress!!!

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    Jan 16, 2012, 09.12 AMby claudinka

    Great dress. And the fabric is really, really special. So lively and happy. Brings me into a good mood! :-)

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    Jan 16, 2012, 12.27 AMby deChez

    Love what you did there.

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    Jan 15, 2012, 10.35 PMby poppykettle

    This is a ripper of a red dress. I was hoping it was a singular pattern so I could rip it off (imitation is the highest form of flattery you know), but I might have to try your sleeves for myself. Looking great and I’m sure with fabulous Perth weather you’ll get plenty of chances to sport it :)

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      Jan 16, 2012, 03.31 AMby susanne2011

      Haha thanks! You could still use the maxidress pattern for the whole dress. I just choose to draft a different skirt, as the skirt part in the pattern has too much volume, making my hips look even bigger. I followed the instructions of that Butterick pattern mostly, I just added some sleeves to the straps. Pretty simple!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 06.34 PMby salsera

    big LIKE !

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    Jan 15, 2012, 04.14 PMby lennert

    Nice pattern, love the neckline…

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    Jan 15, 2012, 03.44 PMby Jodi Wade

    Looks great. Love the fabric.

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