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The Sunday Laundry Shirtdress

Added May 17, 2010

by grosgrain

Harrisburg, Penn...






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When I designed this dress I had a young hip and trendy female in mind. The sort of thing a single girl in her 20s might wear. Someone who lived in a small San Fransisco apartment and spent her Sunday nights at a laundromat.

The dress itself was a really a labor. I used a baroque flowered silk material for the dress. Silk is a difficult material to sew (at least for me). It bunches and frays and stretches and is just all around maddening!

I gathered a two inch strip of the fabric and lined either side of the front and neckline. I used a thin, elastic thread to gather the cuff around the sleeves and added a ruffled piece of fabric to the top of each sleeve which hangs down.

Along the front and neck of the dress I added tiny buttons that hook with corresponding satin loops. At the top of the dress, the fabric that falls in front of the bust is gathered, creating a wispy look. The entire dress is cinched at the waist with an aged vintage brown leather belt.

To balance out the fancy look of the dress I paired it with a pair of calf high riding boots.

I’m really digging the look of a dress paired with high boots. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good pair of ballet flats with an a-line but it’s good to change it up a bit.

Material Notes





Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Romantic

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    Jul 22, 2010, 08.25 PMby meseide

    I love it! The fabric wents so well with the pattern. And the pictures are really beautiful, too!

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    Jun 29, 2010, 05.50 AMby isobelm

    I love the fabric and it works so well with the design of your lovely dress.

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    May 21, 2010, 09.58 AMby davee09

    sooo cute!!!

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    May 18, 2010, 07.54 PMby formathilda

    want it!

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    May 18, 2010, 11.13 AMby kiwistitcher


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    May 18, 2010, 08.51 AMby emilie6709

    I love it!

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    May 18, 2010, 04.58 AMby gabcorb

    Gorgeous dress – I’ve actually already got your blog bookmarked – I love your designs and wish I was as skilful at sewing as you!

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    May 18, 2010, 03.29 AMby corra

    wow! I didn’t used to be a fan of ruffles but I think this dress has converted me!

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    May 18, 2010, 02.52 AMby cxl0769

    It’s so prety!

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    May 18, 2010, 01.01 AMby Olivia Anne

    so pretty!

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    May 17, 2010, 08.43 PMby mkim630

    it’s gorgeous. i especially love the button detail.

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    May 17, 2010, 07.44 PMby ginasophia

    The photography is absolutely fun and beautiful! And the dress is adorable

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    May 17, 2010, 07.25 PMby in-stockholm

    I would love to look this stylish when I’m doing the laundry …

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    May 17, 2010, 07.25 PMby susanne2011

    This is fabulous, I really really love the dress. Super!

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    May 17, 2010, 07.16 PMby malinfjell

    Lovely! I really like the shoulders. Looks fantastic! :)

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    May 17, 2010, 04.49 PMby eau-sewgreen

    i love it i love it! the print is beautiful and such a fun photo shoot :]

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    May 17, 2010, 04.25 PMby rifka

    Love this photo shoot.

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    May 17, 2010, 04.14 PMby laurii

    this is really beautiful and the fabric’s lovely:)

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    May 17, 2010, 04.07 PMby Laura Bolčina

    This is just gorgeous! Did you use a pattern?

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      May 17, 2010, 05.27 PMby grosgrain

      No, just cut as I went:)

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    May 17, 2010, 04.05 PMby lepetithoot

    Wow, you’re so talented! This is gorgeous! Great fabric, fit, feel, and design. Your work is just so incredibly inspirational. :)

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