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Sewing Adventures – Embroidered Coral and Cream dress

By Susan | Comments: 6 | March 7, 2016

One of my goals this year is to reduce my stash, by sewing more of it. I have some gorgeous fabrics that I have bought, been given or picked up along the way and they sit in boxes. No more I say, it’s all the good fabrics everyday around here.

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This is one such fabric. Bought ages ago in Cabramatta for the princely sum of $10 a metre.

At the time I must’ve been planning a skirt as there wasn’t a whole lot of it. Maybe 1.5m? I also wanted to take advantage of the beautiful edging so some careful planning was required. I measure out a long rectangle that went the length of the fabric panel. That was to become the skirt with only a centre back panel. This left a long narrow top section with the scallop edge still intact.

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I’ve been working on perfecting a bodice pattern for myself. It still needs some work but it’s getting closer. I used this pattern and laid it onto the panel to create a wrap over front and V back. I’d like to say it was all carefully planned and calculated but I totally winged it.

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The bodice was a simple construction of darts, shoulder and side seams, while the skirt was simply gathered onto the bodice and a seam put into the centre back.

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The whole thing is lined in coral cotton silk and there is an invisible zip at centre back. The zip insertion is fantastic but the embroidery means it’s a little tough to raise up and down. In hindsight I should have totally put in a lapped zip. The linking is hands itched around the neckline to keep it in place and there are a few sneaky stitches at centre front keeping the crossover in place. I had a fuzzy supervisor for my hand sewing.

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I wore it out yesterday to catch up with my niece and nephew. Their tiny cousin was with them and she loved my dress and wanted to be my friend because I had a “pretty dress”. Kid compliments are awesome.

Fabric: Embroidered cotton from Cabramatta.

Dress Pattern: winged it, bodice based on my own block.

Alterations:  next time I’d raise the centre front cross over a little.

6 Comments

  • Colette
    March 7, 2016

    Wow! what a great use of a fabulous fabric, a real ‘stand out’ dress ;o)

  • kristy
    March 7, 2016

    Fantastic dress Susan – the fabric is lovely and I love how you’ve used the scalloped edge. I’m with you on using the beautiful stash fabrics – I’m on a mission to make up my favourite fabrics too

  • MadeByMeg
    March 7, 2016

    Really pretty dress. Love that neckline and the color on you.

  • Sheryll
    March 7, 2016

    I agree – that colour on you is awesome! Great use of a pretty fabric, I’m sure it is much happier being out of stash getting kid compliments too!

  • Sarah
    March 18, 2016

    Really gorgeous, and a great use of the scallop. I’m with you – all the good fabrics all the time!

  • Guy Dawson
    April 2, 2016

    These comfortable types dress are too good. I often wear short dresses. I am keen to wear these pretty dress for autumn season. Its really gorgeous dress. Thanks for sharing.

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