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Three in One Dress

Added Aug 17, 2012

by mwelland

Ontario, Canada






I inherited this lovely lightweight fabric from my mum’s fabric collection, and I wanted to make something special with it because I thought it was so pretty and old fashioned looking. But the summers are so short here in Ontario and I didn’t want to make yet another cute summer dress that would sit in my closet for most of the year. So I decided to make a top and a skirt, that look like a dress when worn together. The blouse is self-drafted from my bodice block. I just let the darts out a bit, and added a waistband and peplum. I had to fiddle with it quite a bit, but I’m pleased with the results. I drafted the sleeves using a tutorial on Gertie’s Blog for Better sewing (linked below). The skirt is made from a 1970’s pattern that I found in my mum’s old pattern stash. It has a nice full skirt and pockets,(which are very necessary for me). I think the dress look has a nice vintage feel. I’ll probably make a removable cotton lining slip for the skirt so that I can wear it in the fall when it gets a bit cooler. The blouse will be nice in the winter under a blazer or cardigan.

Link for drafting a band sleeve: http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2011/11/drafting-simple-band-sleeve.html

Material Notes

Woven rayon (I think it is, at least. Definitely something synthetic, maybe a blend).




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Blends, Rayon

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    Aug 17, 2012, 10.48 PMby nookie

    I love the versatility of this outfit and it fits you so beautifully. I really must finish drafting my bodice!

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      Aug 18, 2012, 03.25 AMby mwelland

      Thank you , ladies! A bodice is well worth the effort. I didn’t draft mine from scratch. I just used a dress pattern that fit me well and worked that into my block.

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    Aug 17, 2012, 09.45 PMby Mary Athey

    Great fabric and i love what you.ve done with it. Great skirt and top x

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