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The Portrait Dress

Added Jul 30, 2011

by bekabug8

Davis, Californi...






I designed, drafted, and sewed this dress myself for a school project. I was inspired by ornate picture frames and wanted to frame the back and neckline. I found this vintage flocked dotted swiss gingham at a local flea market and decided it would be perfect for a summer dress. The dress is fully lined (my first time) and I’m very proud of the fit and the construction.

more on my blog

Let me know what you think?

Material Notes

vintage gingham (self)
cotton broadcloth (lining)
non-woven fusible interfacing

contour bodice sloper




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Other, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends

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    Aug 31, 2011, 08.26 PMby frkbustad

    What a gorgeous bust front! Very well done!

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    Aug 10, 2011, 05.08 AMby stephaniehotz

    Tha back is gorgeous, did you design that yourself? Great job! I hope to be able to sew like this someday :)

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    Jul 31, 2011, 08.49 PMby danii97


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    Jul 31, 2011, 05.40 PMby LimeSoda

    5 stars for you! Soooo well executed in all categories. I don’t know if I like the back better than the front!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 10.30 PMby Gale Criddle

    This dress is gorgeous. You’re very talented. I can’t think of a body type that it wouldn’t flatter.I hope you’re planning on making a pattern for this available eventually.

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      Jul 31, 2011, 03.19 AMby bekabug8

      I would love to, but I would need to digitize it and grade it. It’s too time consuming now with school. :( Hopefully I will have some time though one day.

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    Jul 30, 2011, 06.23 PMby peaches2218

    This is so pretty. The shaping on the bust and the open back are subtle but really elegant. I’d love to see this on a real body. I bet it’d be gorgeous on someone with light skin and really dark hair.

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      Jul 31, 2011, 03.20 AMby bekabug8

      If it fits my sister, she gets it. She has really dark hair and light skin :)

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    Jul 30, 2011, 06.18 PMby prettylissy

    Wonderful design! I have a similar gingham in yellow that I’ve been thinking about for ages. I was waiting for some fabulous retro inspired design, now I think I have a direction to go in! I’d love to look over your how you put it together if you can manage to get one done. Thanks for making a great dress!

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      Jul 31, 2011, 03.21 AMby bekabug8

      When I get the dress back from my instructor (she kept all the projects for grading) I will have pictures of the inside on my blog :)

      Thanks for the comment!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 05.49 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    very nice! love the back, and the neckline on the front too!

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      Jul 30, 2011, 06.03 PMby bekabug8

      Thank you!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 05.45 PMby ccrazyk

    Gret job! Very inspirational!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 01.05 PMby kelsrose22

    Love the bust! Would love if your posted a how-to :)

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      Jul 30, 2011, 06.03 PMby bekabug8

      If I have time (school is soo time consuming) I’ll put together a dart rotation tutorial!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 11.10 AMby Geeky Seamstress

    I love the neckline/bust draping, beautiful!! <3

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    Jul 30, 2011, 10.04 AMby brisehuus

    Sooo pretty!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 09.26 AMby magdamagda

    so nice! I’m gonna check out your blog!

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      Jul 30, 2011, 06.03 PMby bekabug8

      Cool! Thanks!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 08.42 AMby sallybrown

    Your dress is so pretty! I like the design you made for the back and the neckline. And the color of the fabric you choose!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 08.33 AMby blmfld

    i love it!!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 06.16 AMby vasgarcia

    I love the “framing”, it’s so cute!

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      Jul 30, 2011, 06.03 PMby bekabug8

      That’s what I was going for. Thank you!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 05.27 AMby abendstern

    Very nice!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 04.14 AMby bekabug8

    Thank you!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 03.35 AMby MaryamNaghdali

    looks great! well done!

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    Jul 30, 2011, 03.13 AMby reliablechef

    very pretty!

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