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Swallowed By The Sea

Added Mar 9, 2010

by ranjani

Tangalle, Sri Lanka






A simple blue dress made from lightweight embroidered cotton. For the bodice, I used a t-shirt pattern similar to the Lydia in order to get the shape right. The bodice features six pin tucks along the front. My first try at that technique! I basically used a large trapezoid to create the skirt and gathered it before attaching the bodice. There is a zipper in back. The tucked sash was an after-thought, as the dress didn’t fit as well as I had originally planned. I think the covered buttons add a vintage feel to this simple little dress.

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Garment Type
Casual, Vintage

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    Jul 2, 2010, 11.23 AMby meseide

    What a lovely dress. I love the pintucks and button details.

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    Mar 21, 2010, 01.57 PMby nataliepie

    Such an amazing dress! I liked it very much…

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    Mar 10, 2010, 05.01 PMby tine-1

    Love the colour and shape of your dress !

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    Mar 10, 2010, 08.28 AMby sabzarap

    I love the dress and it really suits you! Maby I will give it a try…

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    Mar 10, 2010, 05.14 AMby elaine-bin

    The dress is lovely with very nice detail and the colour is great, well done !!!!!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 10.02 PMby runningwithscissors1

    I love it! How beautiful- makes me long for summer!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 09.21 PMby lunatepetal

    such a pretty dress! love all the details :)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 08.35 PMby sewbissy

    Oh wow! The tucked midriff band with the covered buttons is the perfect touch! Great pics, too :)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 07.06 PMby dewreb

    Really very pretty! also, I’m so impressed that you made the pattern yourself and make it sound so simple! (I’ve never made anything without a pattern!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 05.59 PMby chalkandcheese

    Love it!!! I wish it were Summer :)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 05.52 PMby fabricaddict

    What a beautiful dress, love the tucks and the covered buttons! well done :-)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 05.06 PMby irmchen

    Congrats to this dress! I love it the minute I saw it!! And your pics and the scenery… great! :-)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 03.54 PMby sunnilj9

    So so so darling! I love the pleat detailing at the bust.

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    Mar 9, 2010, 03.48 PMby mathildeaparis

    Very beautifull dress! And you make me dreaming with the see, the sand and the sun…

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    Mar 9, 2010, 03.23 PMby tradsahm

    The dress is beautiful! Great work!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 02.29 PMby dorawarren

    really cute and great photos

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    Mar 9, 2010, 12.27 PMby scheryka

    Lovely dress and I love the photos too. I have yet to work with pintucks. Yours are nice and neat. I hope that mine turn out as good.

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    Mar 9, 2010, 12.11 PMby carolyn-s

    This is beautiful; I love it! The colour and the style are both gorgeous!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 09.49 AMby nookie

    I love the floaty and vintage feel of your dress. The belt really makes the dress.

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    Mar 9, 2010, 08.33 AMby olgie

    The dress and photos are amazing! Great job! ;)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 08.21 AMby mixtlii

    It’s so beautiful and romantic… And you got the perfect scene to take the pictures ^

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    Mar 9, 2010, 06.47 AMby carolinesj

    Wow, what a beautiful dress. Amazing colour and lovely details – especially the pin tucks and buttons. Well done!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 05.20 AMby Erin E

    Ooohh it’s so cute! And I love the color!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 04.41 AMby calicocouture

    I love it. The pintucks and covered buttons add the perfect touch. I love the photos too.

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    Mar 9, 2010, 02.42 AMby bethanyb

    Those are the cutest pin tucks ever!!!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 02.31 AMby Natalia *

    This dress is gorgeous. Very well made.

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    Mar 9, 2010, 02.17 AMby Ashlee Nemo

    I feel like colbie caillat and jason mraz should be serenading you while you frolic on the beach in the dress :)

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      Mar 9, 2010, 11.40 AMby ranjani

      HaHa! Thank you =)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 01.54 AMby wackyblonde

    Very lovely and the colour suits you.

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    Mar 9, 2010, 01.42 AMby bbug59


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