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The forwards/backwards dress

Added Jan 17, 2010

by lilybart

Perth, Australia






I am so pleased with this dress! It can be worn forwards or backwards and is the cutest dress ever! I am never, ever, EVER using this fabric again, though (see below). It should have been really, really easy to make (see below).

This was also the first time I used those ribbons with poppers on them to hold it to my bra straps. Brilliant invention… it doesn’t fall off my shoulders at all.

I also love it when people read my blog so please check it out!

Material Notes

This fabric was a total bastard to work with. I’m not sure what it’s called but it’s that silk that has a pattern on it that looks like it’s embossed… so the pattern goes “in” on the outside and “out” on the inside… I’m not sure what it was but I broke about 20 needles making it (literally) and my overlocker refused to go near it (another 5 needles broken in overlocker). Maybe the fabric is really dense, or something. So basically it took me about 10 times longer to make it than it should have.




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    Mar 8, 2010, 11.02 PMby bluephin

    this is such an awesome idea… i love clothes that can be worn more than one way. Do you mind if I borrow your idea? :)

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      Mar 9, 2010, 07.19 AMby lilybart

      Thanks! You may steal my idea, so long as you post some pictures! Looking forward to seeing it :)

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    Feb 2, 2010, 09.43 PMby Olivia Anne

    I love this! such a cute idea, despite all your troubles it turned out really well

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    Jan 30, 2010, 12.54 AMby swingtag

    “This fabric was a total bastard to work with…” LOL. I’m glad you persisted because it’s a cool design and the colour suits you. I find that with dense fabrics like denim and heavy microfibre twill I have to loosen the tension and use longer stitches, so maybe try that next time.

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      Jan 30, 2010, 03.52 AMby lilybart

      aahhhhh right!! I think you might be correct because if it wasn’t the needle breaking, it was the thread! I used those micro needles as well, but they weren’t much better than normal needles. I’ve never had that problem before, was really frustrating, I nearly had a tanty and threw it out!

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    Jan 23, 2010, 12.54 AMby oddoneout

    This is so clever! And cuttteeee! You make the nicest clothes!

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    Jan 20, 2010, 02.10 AMby nikkishell

    Two outfits in one dress! fabulous :)

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    Jan 18, 2010, 01.33 AMby captainkitsch

    adorable!!! and so versatile! ps. i can’t stop stalking your blog. you’re pretty much my hero.

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      Jan 18, 2010, 02.05 AMby lilybart

      Hahaha thanks so much! Please do stalk my blog! It’s pretty futile having a blog that no one reads.

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    Jan 17, 2010, 11.43 PMby lilybart

    Thanks for all the lovely comments! OK, I’ll try to figure out how to post the pattern. Can’t promise anything, though!

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    Jan 17, 2010, 11.15 PMby shoshiebee

    SO CUTE!!!!!! i LOVE how you can wear it both ways. it is gorgeous!

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    Jan 17, 2010, 08.13 PMby rosey22red

    This looks great! If you could share a pattern it would be awesome?

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    Jan 17, 2010, 07.22 PMby twoboos

    This is awesome and you look gorgeous!!! I love it… if you could share the pattern it would be fab!!

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    Jan 17, 2010, 06.27 PMby bijouxbetty

    OOh, maybe you need super thin needles for your machines to penetrate silk… after all thats what they used to make bullet proof vests out of (or some form of silk… it can stop bullets…. im rambling) like the microtex needles… Either way its lovely, I like it with the high neck at the front! :)

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    Jan 17, 2010, 05.30 PMby lunatepetal

    beautifull dress and beautiful blue! love the design, it is such a versatile dress.

    p.s. your blogg is great too :)

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    Jan 17, 2010, 05.05 PMby petitmoutonbleu

    I want to make oneeeee pleaseee post a pattern!!!!! for us who are justt learning!!!!

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    Jan 17, 2010, 04.15 PMby ink

    Oh my god you made me laugh! I am glad you persisted! What a great job!

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    Jan 17, 2010, 02.27 PMby lenarrrd

    This is stunning! The fabric does look brilliant, the colour really suits you, so it was worth the nightmare in the end I hope :) I think my favourite part is the pleats, really nice shape :)

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    Jan 17, 2010, 12.01 PMby nenasew

    That color is beautiful on you. I love the idea of a dress u can wear to the office and with a quick switch it can go on a date too. Very nice dress.

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    Jan 17, 2010, 11.44 AMby zickzack

    Reversible things are great x 2 ! It’s a beautiful shape and colour and I need to keep those ribbons with poppers in mind!

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    Jan 17, 2010, 11.32 AMby nataliaghimp

    mmmm, very good idea !!! garment reversibile

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    Jan 17, 2010, 10.51 AMby skwarynia

    Did you use any pattern? Beacause it is so lovely, and suits you so well… and fabric seems to be good, though I don’t know what kind it may be. Anyway really good job, and it must look good with white pearls and high heels:):) Greets!

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      Jan 17, 2010, 12.34 PMby lilybart

      Thanks so much! I just looked up the name of the fabric (it was bothering me). It’s called silk cloque. It was horrible to work with, however luckily looks great!

      I make all my own patterns. I was thinking I might make another one, but as a romper instead of a dress.

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      Jan 17, 2010, 05.22 PMby skwarynia

      Thanks, but still the name of the fabric tells me nothing.. but it looks good and that’s the most important thing. And I have to say that you’ve very talented if you made your own pattern:) Usually, I don’t make any patterns, I just sew i make any aletrations in the way:) And romper may be a great idea!!!

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    Jan 17, 2010, 10.05 AMby tothtimea

    what a good idea!!

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    Jan 17, 2010, 08.59 AMby kathariney

    I love this, a very smart design. and the colour is so flattering on you :)

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    Jan 17, 2010, 08.18 AMby loyl8

    really cute. I was just thinking about the other day to make something like this. really cute!!!

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    Jan 17, 2010, 07.57 AMby gdac

    I likey! Its like a day/night – work and play…. cover up your front for the office and then a low cut front for drinks!

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    Jan 17, 2010, 07.49 AMby smarten

    The result seems to be worth all the troubes. Really cool!

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