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Twinkle Sews Next Big Thing dress

Added Feb 22, 2010

by veryprairie

Il, Illinois, Un...






Scallop cutout dress with pockets from the book Twinkle Sews by Wenlan Chia. This design is originally from the spring 2008 Twinkle by Wenlan collection.

I made a few alterations: lengthened hem 2 inches and left it loose, eliminated the elastic in the front waist, added 1 inch to the bodice length for my full bust.

I made a size 4.

I’d recommend this dress for intermediate to advanced sewists.

Material Notes

Silk crepe de chine in ‘283 – rich green’ from nyfashioncenterfabrics.com




Garment Type
Casual, Vintage

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    Mar 31, 2012, 09.16 PMby Käsekosmonautin

    Hmmmm…..nice idea for a neckline….hmmmmmm ;-)

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    Sep 18, 2011, 04.17 PMby patti-r

    Awesome, must order the book, thank you for posting..

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    Jul 5, 2011, 11.54 AMby nikkishell

    beautiful! love the green.

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    Jun 6, 2010, 01.54 AMby wishofhappiness

    I saw this on your blog and really liked the changes you made. I do however like the original as well, but the green fabric is really nice!

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    Mar 2, 2010, 10.34 AMby beckydee

    I just love those sleeves and your colour is just gorgeous! I got my book today and I can’t wait to start sewing!

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    Feb 24, 2010, 11.42 PMby tiramisusan

    I am in love with the neckline on this dress. Was it difficult to execute?

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      Feb 27, 2010, 03.05 AMby veryprairie

      I, too, thought the neckline would be tricky. It’s not too bad. If you can sew a curve, you can sew the neckline. You just have to sew carefully. Turning the neckline right side out and pushing out the fabric was the most time-consuming part.

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    Feb 23, 2010, 08.33 PMby ginasophia

    Beautiful color and great modifications. This is such a lovely dress!!

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    Feb 23, 2010, 08.12 PMby Les Bonnes Vivantes Paris

    I’ve been meaning to make this too- great fabric choice!

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    Feb 23, 2010, 07.18 PMby majola

    Wow! Your dress is gorgeous! The color is fantastic and the neckline is amazing! I love every detail of your dress! You look realy great in it!

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    Feb 23, 2010, 05.10 AMby calicokate

    You did a beautiful job on the neckline! I love the color on you, too.

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    Feb 23, 2010, 02.42 AMby bbug59

    This is a great dress – I love the changes – the color and style are very becoming on you.

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    Feb 23, 2010, 02.29 AMby sandoz18

    I like the alterations you made. I’m hoping to make this dress soon (well, within the next year). How difficult was the neckline?

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      Feb 27, 2010, 03.01 AMby veryprairie

      The neckline was surprisingly not difficult. I thought that would be the hardest part and it wasn’t. If you can sew a curve, you can sew the neckline.

      The trickiest part is the underarm gussets. They are awkward and difficult to sew. If you don’t want to make a muslin test garment, I would recommend sewing the lining gussets first; then when you sew the outer fashion fabric, you will have had two practice tries on the part no one else will see!

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      Feb 27, 2010, 08.11 PMby sandoz18

      Thanks for the advice!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 10.46 PMby redviv

    A pretty fine job. Love the colour and definitely prefer your hemline to the original.

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    Feb 22, 2010, 07.31 PMby Erin E

    Beautiful! I really like the alterations you made to the pattern. That fit definitely suits you better. And I love the fabric choice!

    Btw, I featured this dress on my blog:


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      Feb 27, 2010, 02.54 AMby veryprairie

      Thank you very much! Your picks are fantastic!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 05.03 PMby sewshaggy

    This looks great, I love your choice in fabric and color.

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    Feb 22, 2010, 04.36 PMby cottonsilk

    Love it! The fabric and color looks awesome!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 03.38 PMby sigrid

    I have been wanting to make this but felt the elastic front would be unflattering. This is much nicer and inspires me to do it! Did you make the front more like the back?

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      Feb 27, 2010, 02.53 AMby veryprairie

      Exactly, I made the front look like the back. I even pleated the front skirt in the same way as the back.

      I shortened the front waistband 2 inches after taking out the elastic so it would be smooth. It worked great.

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    Feb 22, 2010, 03.25 PMby latulipenoire

    This is so amazing. Well done!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 01.39 PMby jj1

    I’m very exciting to view your creation as I LOVE this book.

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    Feb 22, 2010, 01.34 PMby pinup

    So pretty, beautiful color!

    ♡ bettydarling.blogspot.com ♡
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    Feb 22, 2010, 12.10 PMby gonnange

    it looks lovely :) the colour is also great – nice job!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 10.53 AMby miss-g

    Very sweet. I love the neckline.

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    Feb 22, 2010, 10.06 AMby susisonne


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    Feb 22, 2010, 08.07 AMby amibambini

    Really beautiful, love the colour.

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    Feb 22, 2010, 06.46 AMby nattyjane

    This dress is gorgeous. I love everything about it including the color. I also like how you eliminated the elastic… it looks more refined.

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    Feb 22, 2010, 06.16 AMby michelleiswell

    i have eyed this dress and this book for awhile now. i love your version. is the book worth it?

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      Feb 27, 2010, 02.48 AMby veryprairie

      Thank you so much!

      I really like the book. I don’t like all of the styles, but there are several I would like to sew. Some of the ideas and details (like origami straps and trim) could be adapted for other projects. My favorite pattern from the book is definitely this scalloped dress.

      Printing the patterns is a pain though. Only every other size is included (0, 4, 8, etc.); if you’re a size 6, you’ll have to print out a 4 and an 8 then overlay them to trace off your size.

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    Feb 22, 2010, 04.28 AMby maria-gehrke

    I have to say, I like your version a lot mor than the original :)

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    Feb 22, 2010, 03.37 AMby suezpetersen

    so cute, perfect dress for spring

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    Feb 22, 2010, 03.33 AMby leslie

    Just wonderful!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 03.15 AMby oddoneout

    This is the nicest version I have seen of this dress – Great job!

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