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The fabric does it

I think this dress looks great but it’s all about the fabric. It’s almost as easy to make as a t-shirt: a (heavy) knit fabric, for most parts constructed with a serger. I added a zipper in the back but this was completely unneccessary. I don’t need it to put it on or off. The next iteration will have no zipper so will be even more easy to construct.




In the pictures I now see that I should have pulled the right sleeve down a bit. Now the shoulder looks off. Well, it’s these or no pictures.

The pattern is my dress sloper I drafted myself. Only adjustment was the neckline. Two weeks ago this was an instant gratification project for me. From time to time we all need those, don’t we?


  1. Simple but stunning with the fabric.

  2. Gorgeous. As Vicky says, simple but stunning.

  3. That gorgeous fabric calls for a simple design, it's the perfect pairing! The dress is very beautiful, well done!

  4. Great looking dress -- love the fabric -- where did you find it?

  5. Yes i agree. Dress looks fabulous and we all need these kibd of projects.

  6. Beautiful dress! Sometimes all you need is beautiful fabric.

  7. I found it on a fabric market here in Holland.

  8. It is so flattering with this awesome fabric. Awesome job, as usual, Sigrid.

  9. It might be all about the fabric, but the placement of the print is the designer's choice. You've nailed it!


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