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The Cherry Blossom Dress

Added Apr 8, 2012

by JuliaBobbin

Melbourne, Austr...






Spring is in the air … on the other side of the world. Sigh.

This dress is inspired by the beautiful cherry blossom that was in full bloom on my recent visit to Washington D.C.

The result is a quirky dress with a clashing pink cotton/lame bodice and red dupion skirt.

I love the cheerful girly-ness of this dress, though I’ll probably never have the guts to wear it out in public. If any one decides to host a ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ themed party however, I’d be all over it.

For more details and photos on this dress, including a tutorial on how to make these sleeves, visit my blog at JuliaBobbin


Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Cotton, Silk

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    Feb 8, 2013, 02.16 AMby aarista

    so cute, love it! how long did it take you to make? what would you change if you did it again?

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    Apr 18, 2012, 07.12 AMby olystyrene

    I love this dress! You executed the cherry blossom image beautifully!! Quick question – does the fabric on the sleeves every fray?

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      Apr 19, 2012, 03.00 AMby JuliaBobbin

      Thanks lovely lady! I cut the fabric for the sleeves on the bias which is super important. As a result they can only fray a little bit but not much because they have no where to unravel. It cut it on the straight grain it would unravel all over the place.

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    Apr 11, 2012, 08.33 AMby zrael

    When i saw this little picture of you in the Projects, i said to myself ‘OMG, JuliaBobbin a encore frappé !’ (which we could translate as ‘She did it again !’)… And, i obviously have to admit it : you rocked it. Again. Just as usual. :D It’s kind of sad, though, that i’m not surprised anymore to be thrilled by all the wonderful garment you’re sewing. ;-) I just desperately dream that some day, i could get as talented as you… ! A ‘Congrats !’ is not enough, but i’m unable to find words that’s worth your job, right now ! So, bravissimo, and now go back to work and make me dream again, pleaaaase ! ;-p

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      Apr 14, 2012, 07.08 AMby JuliaBobbin

      Oh Zrael you are just too wonderful! Your comment made me smile. Thank you :)

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    Apr 10, 2012, 09.04 AMby laurii

    this is too pretty, you really should wear it in public! love the sleeves:) x

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    Apr 10, 2012, 08.35 AMby nishavinod2009

    its a lovely dress, you should definitely wear it when u go out

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      Apr 14, 2012, 07.06 AMby JuliaBobbin

      You lovely people are seriously making me think about it … X

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    Apr 9, 2012, 08.26 AMby dottty

    Arrrrrrrrrr so pretty……………….girl, put it on and walk, no stride down that dam main street jj:)x

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      Apr 14, 2012, 07.06 AMby JuliaBobbin

      :) thanks lovely lady x

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    Apr 9, 2012, 04.48 AMby Denise Dimino

    Love your stuff and just forwarded your blog to my daughter who is a aspiring designer.She is a freshman in high school and I just baught her very first sewing machine. Im sure you will inspire her!

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      Apr 9, 2012, 06.58 AMby JuliaBobbin

      Thank you Denise that’s so lovely to hear!

      I’m sure your daughter is going to love her sewing machine, what a great mother you are!

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    Apr 9, 2012, 03.00 AMby efh1687

    Girl you are totally owning this dress! You can absolutely rock it in public so you should do so

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    Apr 8, 2012, 11.58 PMby skeeler

    This would be a great Valentine’s Day dress!

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      Apr 9, 2012, 02.29 AMby JuliaBobbin

      Hey that’s a good idea! Nobody could begrudge me too much if I wore something ultra romantic on v-day.

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    Apr 8, 2012, 07.17 PMby aleah

    Those sleeves look gorgeous!

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    Apr 8, 2012, 05.32 PMby mixtlii

    It’s a very sweet dress, just as everything you make (I’m so jealous!) I’ve been watching your tutorial (for the sleeves), and I had one question : are the rows always vertical and horizontal, or do you make some diagonals too? Thanks

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      Apr 9, 2012, 02.30 AMby JuliaBobbin

      Thank you! And good question. Yes I do some rows on the diagonal as well. It’s really just a matter of what angle works best for you. As your sewing along if you notice things are looking too neat or structured, you can adjust it by sewing it on the angle.

      Good luck with your version!

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    Apr 8, 2012, 03.17 PMby sarahfbr

    cute!! love the sleeve detail and the colour combinations!!

    you should totally wear this it’s fab and quirky!!

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      Apr 9, 2012, 02.30 AMby JuliaBobbin

      Thanks Sarah, I just may you know x

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    Apr 8, 2012, 02.28 PMby pantu

    nice! nice! nice!!!! :)

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    Apr 8, 2012, 09.27 AMby mokosha

    i love your dress.. i would totally wear it in public, repeatedly

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      Apr 8, 2012, 09.30 AMby JuliaBobbin

      Mokosha you are ace. Thank you!

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