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5.13.2010

The Brooklyn Dress

This post is part of a month long series called 'Pattern Makeover Month.' I took a simple pattern (The Sweet Dress by Leila and Ben) and 'made-it-over' into many different styles. For more information, go here.


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Oh, how I wish you could see this dress in person!
It is one of my favorite favorites!
And isn't the model gorgeous?




To make this ruched (how in the heck do you pronouce that word???) pieced dress, cut the sleeves and dress as directed out of your main fabric.



Take the front dress piece, keeping it folded down the middle. Cut the folded portion off the front of the dress, 2.5 inches wide (5 inches when it is unfolded).




Use your cut piece as the pattern for your inserted piece. Using your coordinating fabric, cut a piece that is the same as your 'pattern', only add 1/2 inch on each side for a seam allowance.




You are also going to cut an additional piece that is twice as long as the first piece you cut. It should be six inches wide at the bottom. About half way up the strip, you will want to start cutting it narrower towards the top until it is three inches (see pic).







With your short strip, hem the bottom as the pattern directs for the bottom hem. Than take your long strip and finish the top and bottom with a rolled hem. Gather the two long sides. Baste the gathered piece to the first strip, keeping it 1.75 inches below the neckline and take it to the bottom of the hem on the short strip.




Sew the dress as directed using your main fabric. Stop before creating the neckline casing. Hem as directed. Now add the middle piece, making sure your hemlines match up at the bottom.


Finish as directed. And yes, making the neckline casing is going to be a little trickier to make in the front, but it is do-able and so worth it! I promise.






21 comments:

Bridget said...

Again, that is so cute! That would be another fashionable mommy dress.

JamieS said...

love that black/white combo...

theteo5 said...

Adorable! And yes, the model is gorgeous!

Sarah said...

I love this!! so cute!

Brooke said...

I kind of love the model. And the seamstress. And the dress. SO SASSY!!

Janna said...

That is JUST beautiful! So classy! LOVE!! Adorable model;)

Brooke said...

Super cute!
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Jessica said...

Oh, this is one of my favorites so far. Adorable!

Lacey said...

Another favorite!!!

heather said...

Beautiful! this reminds me of an Anthropologie dress. Love it!

Ana said...

Love it!!
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EHC said...

This one is lovely? What kind of fabric did you use for it? It looks like a lightweight satin. Nice results!

Seegmiller Six said...

yippee! fun for everyone! :)

Kelly O. said...

yes. I love this one!

Angela C. said...

Very cute! I made a pillow that looks very similar with the gathered center piece!

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Natalie said...

I am in love. The colors, the ruching.... love.

Ana said...

Oh, by the way, the word is pronounced "rooshed" ("roosh", "rooshing", etc....)

mary said...

Love this dress. I know my daughter would love it to

Lil Bean said...

The Brooklyn one is lovely! Great idea to mix up a pattern a bit!!

Cheryl from West Texas said...

Your site is very inspirational! What cute dresses!!

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LIESL said...

This is beautiful! Love it! You are so incredibly creative. And ruched is pronounced "rooshed". :)