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White & black cotton comic dress

Added Feb 2, 2012

by LadyArian

Berkshire, Unite...






I had to buy this cloth when I saw it – it’s so kitsch!

The pattern is based on McCalls M6324, but I had to make some changes. The original neckline ended an inch below the line of white piping and frankly my bra was visible, which isn’t great in a dress you’ve made yourself! Unfortunately, I only realised this after cutting out, so I added an extra 2" to the neckline, and then an extra couple of inches to the cap sleeves, which I felt weren’t flattering. I love contrast, so I added in the white cotton piping on a whim, and I really think it’s worked!

The comic fabric became a bit much when sewn together, so I took the while thing apart and added black cotton piping to deliniate the sections, which luckily enhances my hourglass figure :).

I bought the zip-pull from a charm maker on eBay, who included a tiny split ring which was just perfect for attaching it to the zip.

I still can’t decide if I ought to have gone for the pattern option of putting a black band of cotton at the bottom. I thought it might stretch my silhouette too horizontally, so I kept all the lines vertical. What do you think?

Material Notes





Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Goth/Gothic Lolita

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  • Pc310016_large

    Feb 3, 2012, 11.18 PMby peaches2218

    I vote for yes on the black band. I think it would balance the heaviness of the black yoke.

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      Feb 5, 2012, 04.15 PMby LadyArian

      Hmm, you’ve really got me thinking now. I keep coming back to the pic and imagining it with/without a black band…. I think you’re right, incidentally. Now I just need to do it!!

    • Pc310016_large

      Feb 5, 2012, 09.22 PMby peaches2218

      Try sticking the photo in Paint or whatever actual photo editor you may use and drawing a band on it to see what you think.

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    Feb 3, 2012, 08.15 PMby calafia110

    Haha! Thanks I plan to!!

    I know I want to use a black & white Michael Miller print with black and white Eiffel towers on it. Been stalking my inbox waiting for a coupon at local fabric shop! You did such a nice job! Hope mine comes out half as nice!
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    Feb 2, 2012, 10.47 PMby LadyArian

    Thanks very much! :)

    Now I know where it works and fails (for me, at least), it’s tempting to give it a try in plain colours.

    Calafia – Do try it. There are a lot of pieces to the skirt (12, I think), but the entire thing fits together really easily, with minimal fiddling ;).

  • Patti_12-28-2011_large

    Feb 2, 2012, 08.52 PMby patti-r

    Looks really nice on you great job!!!! Whew a lot of piping work but it really accents the fabrics nicely!!!

  • Forburda_large

    Feb 2, 2012, 08.08 PMby skeeler

    This looks super cute on you. I love the little pull tab on the zipper.

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    Feb 2, 2012, 06.43 PMby guineveresmom

    I love, love, love the fabric, and what you did with it really works. Great job.

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    Feb 2, 2012, 06.35 PMby calafia110

    I love love love this dress! I bought this pattern on a whim and was regretting buying it. What you have done with it is awesome!! I love the contrast, all the piping and te cute sleeves! I am definetely gonna try this for my next sewing project. Nice job! It’s fantastic!

  • 20596winter_20fairy_large

    Feb 2, 2012, 06.10 PMby sewingfan1

    That’s a really fun piece, looks great.

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