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The "I am not Minnie" Dress

Added Jul 17, 2011

by tanitisis

Calgary, Canada






I found 4m of this fabric—-a lightweight red with white polkadots—-at the thrift store and knew it had to be a sundress. The pattern was loosely inspired by the Katjusha, but I made significant changes both for fit and style: lengthened the bodice to hip-length, greatly reduced the top curves of the neckline, re-shaped the princess seam, created a ruched front panel by doubling the length of the original centre-front pattern piece and gathering it, and completely omitted the darts. For the skirt I used a simple gathered rectangle (composed of all the fabric I had left), plus a gathered, tiered underskirt. And petticoat, of course. The back is shirred, which makes it both super-comfy and easy to get in and out of.

Also, I think it goes smashingly with my 50s shrug ;)

This may be my favourite item of the summer yet. Further details on the making on my blog

Material Notes

Lightweight plain weave fabric (voile or lawn?), probably a cotton-poly blend, found at the thrift store; plain cotton for lining.




Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends

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    Feb 16, 2012, 05.27 AMby lmnob

    Wonderful! When I was a kid, my mom and I had matching sundresses in the same fabric! You’ve inspired me to perhaps rework them for my little girl and me.

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    Aug 31, 2011, 08.45 PMby frkbustad

    It’s gorgeous… lovely fabric!

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    Aug 2, 2011, 04.07 PMby tirrs

    nice nice nice!

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    Jul 18, 2011, 12.17 PMby kelerabeus

    So beautiful! And I just love that fabric – red and white polka dots, how could you not make a sundress out of it! Great job :)

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    Jul 18, 2011, 07.38 AMby urbandon

    Very sweet! Like the ruched front panel. Cool.

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    Jul 18, 2011, 03.12 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Nice rendition of the dress! Nice and summery.

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    Jul 18, 2011, 02.25 AMby applesofavalon

    Absolutely lovely! I recently bought a white cherry print that I might make one of these out of :).

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    Jul 17, 2011, 11.52 PMby MissHickory


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