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The 'Firsts' Dress

Added Apr 4, 2013

by Ruffles Gazebo

Adelaide, Australia






This dress was the first dress I have completed since moving to Adelaide.

I made it in my new room, in my new house, in my new city, for my first day at my new school!

I made this dress by drafting a simple shift dress by combining my blouse block, and my skirt block. I moved the darts into the side seam and created a curved french dart which I liked from another pattern I had.

I made a full mock up of it and you can see in the pictures that I made a fair few adjustments.

I matched the stripes from the dart down, and did my best to match them at the sleeves also.

I decided to do a hand picked zipper also…..whiiiiiich I feel is maybe not suited to side seems so much as it is back seams. I have done one on a dress which just needs to be lined, and it’s at the CB and it looks damn awesome. Thoughts?!

For more pictures and infos click on over to Ruffles Gazebo

Material Notes

1.5 meters cotton….ahhh…i dont know what to call it (oops hit me!)




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Classic

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    Nov 5, 2013, 04.13 PMby dottty

    Woooooooooooooooooooooow, I love that jj:)x

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    Apr 10, 2013, 05.22 AMby urbandon

    Cute dress! Love those long darts.

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    Apr 8, 2013, 01.33 AMby sewuknow

    You did a wonderful job. The fabric and pattern are a perfect combination.

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    Apr 7, 2013, 04.39 PMby The Tropical Sewist

    Love the sweet simplicity of this dress, though I agree with you that a CB zipper might look better! Also don’t reeeeally dig how the darts chop up the stripes, but then again how do you fit a dress without darts :(

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    Apr 4, 2013, 09.02 PMby Lanéel

    it’s so amazing and simple. I love keep it simple :) and: I love those darts!

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    Apr 4, 2013, 08.12 PMby freakusbzzz

    Lovely and fresh looking Ruffles

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    Apr 4, 2013, 05.08 PMby Kovu

    wow, this is such a cute and simple dress

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    Apr 4, 2013, 04.44 PMby Mary Athey

    fab dress and its lovely on you x

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