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The Everywoman Tube Dress

Added Jun 13, 2011

by daughterfish

Brooklyn, New Yo...






I saw a woman wearing a dress similar to this the other day, and decided it was the perfect style dress for a yard-and-a-half of West African fabric I recently bought. It was super easy to make (which is why I call it the Everywoman Dress); just two rectangles of fabric, with three rows of shirring around the chest, and below the breasts and bias tape finishing the top and bottom (blue polka-dotted bias tape on the top and white bias tape for the hem). I also added inseam pockets

Unfortunately, my shirring is really bad (I just don’t think my machine does it very well), so I reinforced the shirring with two bands of elastic (around the chest and around the ribcage).

More on my blog Daughter Fish




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual

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    Jun 16, 2011, 07.42 PMby WunderlandNYC

    where did you find your fabric? Ive been looking for great prints!!

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      Jun 17, 2011, 01.03 PMby daughterfish

      I think the place is called the Fabric Garden (249 West 39th Street, btwn 8th and 9th). They have some rolls by the register and some more toward the back of the store. Hope this helps!

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    Jun 15, 2011, 07.25 PMby flowergirl22

    i dont think I have to mentin the fabric again,, we all agree its one of a kind,, nice style too well done

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    Jun 14, 2011, 12.36 PMby redviv

    Brilliant fabric sets off the dress.

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    Jun 14, 2011, 10.31 AMby ladyshape

    Yet again more amazing fabric!

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      Jun 14, 2011, 02.22 PMby daughterfish

      Teehehe:) You’ll just have to come over the ocean and I’ll show you where to go!

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    Jun 13, 2011, 12.17 PMby melongrowergirl

    You’re my inspiration – I have some african fabric too, know I definitly know what to make out of it! Thanks for the description on your blog, I will need it. :-)

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      Jun 13, 2011, 02.05 PMby daughterfish

      Awesome! Hope it’s easy to follow! I’ve really been loving sewing and wearing African fabrics this summer. They’re perfect for hot days, and it just cheers me up to look a the bright colors! Good luck!

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    Jun 13, 2011, 10.54 AMby Dee Durrant

    I love the fabric you’ve used and the bias tape just finishes it off nicely. I have a new machine and it struggled with shearing too – I had to dig out my old relic sewing machine where the bobin case is underneath rather than a top loading one. I made a very similar dress for my recent holiday to Australia and they are so comfortable to wear in the heat and there was no risk of those horrible tan lines you get when wearing a dress with straps.

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      Jun 13, 2011, 12.00 PMby daughterfish

      Thanks! It’s too bad my machine doesn’t make strong shirring, because it’s so easy! I could see this dress being great on a vacation. I plan on wearing it on the beach a lot this summer. Pesky tan lines begone! (Or never even appear!:)).

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    Jun 13, 2011, 10.51 AMby poppykettle

    I just love your fabric!

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      Jun 13, 2011, 11.55 AMby daughterfish

      Thanks so much! I didn’t really want to cut into it because it’s so pretty!:)

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