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Two Tiered Print-Block Dress

Added Feb 19, 2017

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Boho Maxi Dress – Burdastyle 06/2010 #117

I got two medium sarongs from the op-shop for one buck each, both made from similar gauze-like material, and I stitched them together to make a print-blocked dress. I lined the bodice with batiste-type fabric from my vintage stash. This dress took a bit of planning and fussing to arrange the prints and seam inserts, and its missing a third tier as I didn’t have enough material or a third sarong. I transferred most of the fringing from the sarong, inserting them into the seams, section-seams, and edges of the dress, rather than purchasing lace trim, straightening them up over the gathers. I also hand stitched each individual tassel, removed from the pink sarong, to the top bodice edge. The empire bodice was too tight as I’ve put weight on; I planned to just make it slip over but I was forced to insert a (non invisible) back zipper, which stops just at the bottom tier. Location: Birkenhead.

Material Notes

2x medium-sized cheesecloth/muslin/gauze sarongs (black, white and yellow sarong with fringed edging made in India, & pink and black sarong with tassels made in Bali); lightweight white batiste/cotton lawn for lining; black long plastic zipper.




Garment Type
Beach, Ethnic, Bohemian
Cotton, Other

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    May 2, 2017, 08.08 PMby sewing fanatic

    just been cropping my carefully styled photos so they might look super snazzy, but i hope that isn’t conceited of me lol! I got the pics done outside the library, the sun was hot, but the shadows were cold! The black & white tier of the dress is sheer lol, but it makes it great for wearing to the beach, over swimmers.

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    Apr 19, 2017, 03.02 PMby chrissy CHRISSY

    all my favorite colors and I love the fuzz!

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      Apr 19, 2017, 03.06 PMby sewing fanatic

      thank you lovely! those little fuzzy bits were tricky to pin down but don’t they really make the dress (they were already part of the sarong) haha xx

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    Feb 28, 2017, 02.58 PMby kisses

    Playful combination….loving it Nadia

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      Mar 2, 2017, 05.36 PMby sewing fanatic

      thank you so much lovely kisses! xx

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    Feb 22, 2017, 10.01 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    You are a master in summer-beach wear! I love the cute details in this one!

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      Feb 22, 2017, 11.23 PMby sewing fanatic

      Ah lovely thanx so much Elpida! =DDx

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    Feb 22, 2017, 08.31 PMby liliv-1

    Fabulous! I wish I had this dress, I would wear it all the time!

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      Feb 22, 2017, 11.23 PMby sewing fanatic

      Thanku so much liliv my friend! =DD x

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    Feb 22, 2017, 02.04 AMby izbott

    I think it looks great without the third tier. Excellent upcycle, the print is funky!

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      Feb 22, 2017, 04.44 PMby sewing fanatic

      thanku honey always a kind word, i’m glad, i shall keep it at two tiers haha! =D

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    Feb 20, 2017, 08.04 PMby chula123

    what a fab job you did with those sarongs!!! love those colours, such a cute dress :-))

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      Feb 21, 2017, 03.03 AMby sewing fanatic

      thanks so much chula! i’ll call it my sarong dress lol xx

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    Feb 20, 2017, 04.29 PMby Mary Athey

    This looks lovely on you and what a good mash up you made with the sarongs.love this dress x

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      Feb 21, 2017, 03.02 AMby sewing fanatic

      thanking you Mary! i’ve been wanting to try mixing up two different prints, with this pattern i was able to emphasize the seam joins =D

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    Feb 19, 2017, 10.21 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely my dear! :)

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      Feb 21, 2017, 03.02 AMby sewing fanatic

      thank you so much Ellen lovely =D

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