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The I Don't Do Casual Dress

Added Jan 12, 2012

by leahfranqui

Philadelphia, Pe...






This is as causal as I get. And it’s a knit! WHAT? Yes. I made something from knits. And I am very proud of myself, thank you very much.

This is Dixie DIY’s Ballet Dress pattern, which is lovely, and bound to become a go to for me, I want one in every color and many patterns. It’s no longer a free download, but you can get it for a mere three dollars here:

And you can see more photos and SO MUCH MORE TEXT here:


Material Notes

cotton (maybe?) knit, thread, elastic, rayon seam binding to stablize shoulders




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual


Dixie DIY Ballet Dress Pattern

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    Jan 31, 2012, 10.57 PMby Lisette O

    I think I need this dress in many many colors. This is like all I wear in Fall/Spring! It looks awesome!

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      Feb 1, 2012, 04.12 PMby leahfranqui

      Thank you! Seriously, go to Dixie DIY and buy the 3 dollar pattern, it’s worth it!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 11.43 PMby flowergirl22

    lovely, great for the figure,, fab cut

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      Feb 1, 2012, 04.12 PMby leahfranqui

      Thank you so much!

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    Jan 13, 2012, 12.13 AMby shkoober

    excellent version, did you cut the skirt and bodice as one piece? or do you just rock out matching stripes? really nice, i haven’t decided which fabric I want to use yet for my version, I am obsessed with casual knit dresses, especially since they normally come together in a few hours, and come together so well in outfits! good job girl!

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      Jan 13, 2012, 05.24 PMby leahfranqui

      Oh, god, see, I’m so happy that you think that but in reality on the the gray is matched, if you look closely you will see that I flipped the pattern between the bodice and the skirt so it really in no way matches. BUT THANK YOU!

      This thing took, like, 3 hours of my time, cutting to hemming, and it is unbelievably comfortable. I am a knit convert. Fact.

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