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The last project for winter 2016/17

Added Feb 21, 2017

by Maria Hayek

Asker, Norway






This fabric was described on the site as bi-stretch gabardine. I had a very different idea of what gabardine is so I originally bought this to make Erik’s pants, but of course when I took it out of the package, I saw straight away that that won’t be happening. The shipping to return it would’ve cost me half the price so I decided to keep it for later.

Then the January issue came out and this gorgeous simple dress with ruffles was there! Made of a much lighter fabric but I figured it’ll work with something heavier.

I did a couple of simple modifications on the pattern:
- Cut the back on the fold instead of two pieces.
- Eliminated the opening and button on the back. My fabric is stretchy but the neckline of the pattern was big enough even without stretching.
- Finished the edges of the ruffles with a rolled hem on my serger, not tight zig-zag as the instructions say.
- I added in-seam pockets, but the fabric is rather un-ironable (behaves a bit like scuba), so they stuck out and didn’t look good and I removed them again.

I love how this turned out! And according to Instagram, so do my friends :)
And as is becoming the norm a bit more on my blog :)

Material Notes

Bi-tretch gabardine (62% polyester, 32% viskose, 6% elastan)




Winter, Fall
Garment Type

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    Mar 17, 2017, 03.41 AMby nrobson

    you look great in this gorgeous dress, i’m liking flounces right now! =)

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      Mar 17, 2017, 06.07 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much Nadia :)

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    Mar 4, 2017, 02.53 PMby RedBelka

    Love it!! Looks so good on you!

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      Mar 5, 2017, 09.18 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you Olga :) To be worn first time on the women’s day outing my friends arrange every year :D

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    Feb 26, 2017, 02.38 AMby lisascarolina

    Super cute! It looks terrific on you! Serged rolled hem was a fantastic idea! Definitely on my queue to make. :)

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      Feb 26, 2017, 10.13 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much Lisa :) Looking forward to seeing yours!

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    Feb 25, 2017, 10.04 AMby Monica Zanardo

    Lovely dress, I made it too, and I made the same variations that you made. That’s simply beautiful, good job.

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      Feb 25, 2017, 10.48 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much Monica for the sweet words :)
      Looking forward to seeing yours!

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    Feb 24, 2017, 07.16 AMby sarahsdaughter

    Very nice and you suit red lovely

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      Feb 24, 2017, 06.42 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much :)

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    Feb 23, 2017, 09.52 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Kjempeflott kjole! Du er kjempeflink!

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      Feb 24, 2017, 06.36 AMby Maria Hayek

      Tusen takk Ellen! :)

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    Feb 23, 2017, 11.32 AMby Beccki

    Lovely dress and great colour it looks super comfortable and easy to wear, can’t wait to see your spring collection :-)

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      Feb 23, 2017, 06.10 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much Beccki! It looks like I’ll start with sew things for others and for a vacation collection, then we’ll see if I still have time for the spring collection :)

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    Feb 22, 2017, 10.04 PMby Madcinderella

    Supersnygg, gillar volangerna, dom blev “Grädden på moset”!

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      Feb 23, 2017, 07.17 AMby Maria Hayek

      :D Tusen takk! Det er egentlig dem volangene som fikk meg til å like kjolen :)

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    Feb 22, 2017, 09.54 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    This is a gorgeous dress! I’ve made it too… Although my first impression when I saw it in the magazine was totally negative, I got to like it more and more and now I adore it. It’s both comfortable and stylish and perfect for the days I don’t feel very confident with my figure… Enjoy it :-)

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      Feb 23, 2017, 07.16 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you Elpida! Looking forward to seeing yours too :)

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    Feb 22, 2017, 08.47 PMby liliv-1

    Very cute and well made! It suits you!

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      Feb 22, 2017, 09.37 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much :) I do like this one a lot :)

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    Feb 22, 2017, 02.29 PMby SurMesure

    Very nice dress, I like your version, I think it looks great made out of a more substantial fabric.

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      Feb 22, 2017, 06.25 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you so much :)

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    Feb 21, 2017, 11.28 PMby Tzai

    It looks even better on you Maria, well done on rolled hem, can’t see it in the pics but I’m sure it looks prettier than zig zaking it, sadly I’ve not managed to make a proper rolled hem with my sewing machine even though I have a foot for it!

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      Feb 22, 2017, 06.24 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you Aida :) Yeah, I know what you mean with the sewing machine, same here. It depends a lot on the fabric and how well I guide the fabric through the foot, so it’s always hit and miss. The serger is a lot easier but it of course has this visible tight stitch so thread color matching is a must!

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