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Swiss-dot Heidi

Added Jan 29, 2013

by joelle1112

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I used some emerald green Swiss-dot cotton Heidi dress I purchased over the summer. Because the material was too transparent, I underlined each piece with lightweight unbleached cotton muslin. I had previously tried using cotton lawn, but the bodice really needed something to give it a little support. I really wasn’t certain which way the pleats were supposed to go on the front and back of the skirt, so I made an executive decision and pleated them opposite of the bodice pleats. Also, I moved the skirt pleats horizontally to meet up with the edge of the bodice pleats.
I had read that many people raised the neckline; I didn’t and it is fine, but I would describe myself as ‘modestly endowed’, and cut a smaller bodice size—the nested pattern looked as though length was added at the shoulder seams rather than the waist, so I can see why it might be risque. : )

I also hemmed this to right at knee length, and it looks awesome on; however, there is no ease vent at the the skirt. Walking is definitely doable; sprinting, though, not so much.

Material Notes

cotton swiss-dot for shell, unbleached cotton muslin for underlining, cotton voile for lining
invisible zip and rayon seam binding for hem

medium weight interfacing, embroidery floss and 3 hooks for belt




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Jan 29, 2013, 09.00 AMby JEM80

    Very pretty, which pattern is it?

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      Jan 29, 2013, 11.06 PMby joelle1112

      Thanks! It’s Heidi #6016

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    Jan 29, 2013, 06.33 AMby Mary Athey

    Its gorgeous. Love.the colour.and .the. Waists fab x

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      Jan 29, 2013, 11.18 PMby joelle1112

      Thank you, the belt took just as long (maybe longer) than the dress itself.

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