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The replacement dress

Added Jul 10, 2010

by kristykat

Siracusa, Italy






My best friend has a sensational green-and-white-print summer dress that she nabbed from some opshop at some stage. She lent it to me during my first trip to Italy two years ago, and it was the staple piece of my trip.
Fast forward two years, and I am living in Sicily with my Great Love. I was too wimpy, however, to steal the fabled green dress and thus I am adrift. This is my attempt to replace it.

I used Butterick 5351, which I had a near-disastrous blue-gingham episode with a couple of months back. This time was much more successful.

This green linen (again scored at the market) was quite lovely to sew with, and I’m really pleased how neat and tidy everything is- even on the inside! I used the technique for inserting an invisible zip (even though it’s not) because I really didn’t want to have seams down the sides of my zip. In order to do this, I had to attach the bodice to the skirt first, and sew the back seam last, contrary to the instructions from the pattern.

I added side seam pockets. I practised my french seam skills (as I don’t have an overlocker) as well as binding the inside pocket seams in cotton ribbon that I used for bias tape. Even my darts matched up! Yay!

All in all, I’m very happy with this. I’m a bit scared of the linen-stretch factor, as it never occurred to me during sewing to use anything to prevent this. Frankly I’m too new to know what I’d use anyway!

Still, as the Replacement Dress, this shows definite potential.

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Garment Type
Cotton, Denim

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    Aug 29, 2010, 07.42 PMby allierose

    i adore ur dress and its colors..and ur accessories’ lookin awesome wit it..im a fan of brown and green..and u wear my dream clothing..and blondes suits better this kinda colors than brunettes…lucky u.. :P

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      Aug 30, 2010, 12.18 PMby kristykat

      Ha ha thankyou! You know it all depends on the shade of green- you can probably wear deep olive-y greens that make me look washed out!
      Cheers for the comment. :)

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    Jul 25, 2010, 03.52 PMby erdronen

    Beautiful dress! I love the color and the style, and your belt looks fantastic with it! Great job! I might have to try this out myself :)

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    Jul 12, 2010, 02.21 PMby nhouse

    super cute. nicely done. i have seen this pattern before and i was thinking of making it.

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    Jul 12, 2010, 08.08 AMby fraele


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    Jul 12, 2010, 04.35 AMby nessys

    Fits you very nicely indeed, particularly in my usual problem fitting area the bust!! I think that has more to do with the size of my boobs! Yours, however look nicely fitted – I just look on with envy!

    You should be thrilled – that would be such a nice cool dress in the heat and it suits you very well.

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      Jul 12, 2010, 08.32 AMby kristykat

      Ha ha- I think in that area the linen stretch-factor may be working in my favour!
      I am pretty chuffed, so thanks. As a newbie it’s nice to turn out something I can wear.
      Also nice to see a fellow Aussie on here. :)

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    Jul 11, 2010, 12.42 AMby sandrasews

    This is so pretty. I love the colour, great fit, and you’ve accessorised beautifully.

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      Jul 12, 2010, 08.30 AMby kristykat

      Thank you!

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