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The "Mondo was Robbed" Dress

Added Mar 28, 2011

by sewweekly

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That my dress is called The “Mondo was Robbed” dress dates its start exactly to October 28 of last year. If you’re unfamiliar to that reference, Mondo was a finalist in last season’s Project Runway and lost to the Chiccos-designing Gretchen. His inspiration for his final collection was Mexican circuses and the Day of the Dead and he made use of great black & white prints with bits of turquoise and pink for contrast.

For a bodice, I decided to go with Simplicity 3398. Enamoured with the result of my “Eat Local” dress, I decided to add piping to the neckline. Due to the stiffness of the piping, I had to really anchor the facings to the bodice. But since this was a solid color bodice, any stitches would be visible. I said “who cares?” and simply machine-stitched the facing down.

Well, “who cares?” turned into “I care!” and I was very unhappy with the result. Not ready to abandon this dress once again, I decided to do a blanket stitch around the neckline. When that didn’t look good, I looked online for other straight embroidery stitches and found the fabulous herringbone stitch! What began as a solution to fix something seemingly ruined, turned into my favorite detail of the dress!

Read more about this dress over at my blog, The Sew Weekly




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Ethnic, Other, Vintage
Cotton, Blends

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    Apr 26, 2011, 09.16 AMby loulourosa

    This is a lovely dress, nice mixture of fabrics! Wow this black and white fabrice is sooooo cool!

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    Mar 30, 2011, 09.24 PMby sandrasews

    Beautiful dress. Love the colours and your herringbone stitching is a gorgeous feature.

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    Mar 29, 2011, 07.34 PMby fairyprincess


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    Mar 29, 2011, 03.56 PMby xanray

    The neckline stitching is fantastic!

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    Mar 29, 2011, 07.34 AMby libbysharf

    Stylish as always :-)

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    Mar 29, 2011, 05.01 AMby AprilNicole05

    I love it. And the stitching is awesome.

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    Mar 29, 2011, 01.14 AMby kelepso

    Great inspiration and beautiful dress. You did an awesome job!

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    Mar 29, 2011, 12.00 AMby taiwo .

    Love the herringbone detail too! Was it hand stitched?

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    Mar 28, 2011, 10.18 PMby Testosterone

    Mondo will return, too many decision makers saw his abilities. Andy was robbed too, he certainly made some outstanding garments. Ms. Klum was bushwacked by her judges error in judgment – WHAT WERE THEY THINKING???

    Luv what you did with your dress. The colors, the print, and the multi-step fixing of problem into a signature feature. We have to stop escaping, and actually start addressing issues (as you did).

    Your determination is admirable.

    The name of the dress a necessary reminder that life isn’t always fair.

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    Mar 28, 2011, 09.21 PMby monibug

    Love this..your is great and inspiring…mondo was so robbed!

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    Mar 28, 2011, 08.51 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    yes he WAS but you reaped the spoils of inspiration! i love this dress & your post at sew weekly is awesome :)

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    Mar 28, 2011, 06.32 PMby loyl8

    super freaking awesome! I love the colors and I agree… Mondo was rad and I loved his looks!! I definitely see the inspiration!!

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    Mar 28, 2011, 06.22 PMby IngridJR

    This looks great, both the dress and the outfit! It really suits you, and the colours go perfect together! I love the pattern in the fabric as well! :) This must have been satisfying to finish.

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    Mar 28, 2011, 05.26 PMby bhs

    The dress is beautiful! Love the colors and print. Last picture is so great!

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    Mar 28, 2011, 05.25 PMby Priscilla Folley

    Mondo was my favorite and I love how you incorporated his color schemes in your dress. I love the stitching too! Your dress is fabulous!

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