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The perfect summer shirt dress

Added Aug 10, 2010

by cd909

London, United K...




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I love this dress; it’s Burda 7658, made up in wax cotton fabric from a market. I love the fact that it looks like a halterneck from the front, but offers bra coverage in back, I love the pleats, I love the slightly retro look, and I love the fact that it has POCKETS! Any dress with pockets is a winner in my book.
I cut an 8 and made a 1" FBA, a 1cm forward shoulder adjustment, and took 2 inches off the length (and used self-cover buttons).
Did I mention I love this dress?

Material Notes

Wax cotton fabric from a stall in Ridley Road market (London)




Garment Type
Casual, Vintage



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    Sep 6, 2010, 09.55 PMby ichigogirl

    I have to agree with seagle: gorgeous. I so envy you Londoners who can get your hands on all those beautiful wax fabrics… and this one suits the dress perfectly!

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    Aug 13, 2010, 10.48 AMby Sarah Magill

    I love this! It’s so retro looking and your choice of fabric echoes this perfectly. Gorgeous! Sarahhttp://goldfinchandeagle.blogspot.com/

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    Aug 11, 2010, 07.12 PMby camberwellgal

    What fantastic fabric – African wax cloth and a shirt dress – I think that’s two of my current sewing hankerings in one. I love the front, and am very intrigued by the back, as you describe it too.

    Thanks also for the Ridley Road market pointer too; despite living in Sarf London I can only ever find 6m pre-cut pieces of wax cloth (what to do with the remaining 3m?). Since my sister’s just moved up that way, I’ll have to go and investigate. I love that print!

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      Aug 11, 2010, 08.51 PMby cd909

      thanks! i must point out that this came in a 6 yard precut piece too (yep, not a clue what to do with the rest of it!). i know Rolls and Rems in Holloway do african wax by the metre so it’s possible that the one in Lewisham does too?

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