The zigzag dress

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The weather is finally improving and so is my mood for sewing.  Although this means I’m spending more time behind my sewing machine rather than enjoying a gin tonic on my terrace…  But that’s okay, I’m just enjoying it so much.  Nice weather calls for sweet summer dresses!  I’m reworking the LBD I made a few weeks ago in a summer version of colourful Zigzag stripes, adding some contrast ribbon and using my daughter as my muse.  Fortunately she’s enjoying it as much as I do…

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The pattern is the same as the black button dress, but now I’m using a red cotton ribbon to finish the seams at the waist.

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I stitch the ribbon onto the bodice and onto the skirt to create a contrasting detail at the waist .  After that I stitch the vertical dart, the ribbon ends are now nicely finished between this seam.

zigzag dress with fake collar  my girl wearing the zigzag dress

I had a last minute inspiration and created a fake collar with the leftover from the cotton ribbon, I thought it would look great with the zigzag print.

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So proud of my work, I’m having this gin tonic after all!

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My 30 minute dress!

30min dress

This must be the easiest dress I’ve ever made!  I created a tube dress in a navy cotton single jersey and finished it off with a sparkling trim.(bargain of last weekend flea market visit).  This fabric doesn’t need a lot of finishing and allows me to cut the hem without seaming it.  I’m just waiting for the right opportunity to flaunt my new dress!

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Dit moet echt het eenvoudiste jurkje zijn dat ik ooit maakte!  Ik creëerde een buisvorm in een donkerblauwe katoenjersey en bovenaan werkte ik het af met een blingbling boordje (rommelmarkt koopje van vorig weekend).  Deze stof heeft weinig afwerking nodig dus onderaan heb ik de stof afgesneden zonder om te zoomen.  Nu nog wachten op de juiste gelegenheid om met mijn jurkje te paraderen!

sewing machine

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I use a firm stretch knitted fabric with a total height of 1,30m.  The width is 22cm smaller than my actual hip width to create a narrow tube.

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I create a tube by sewing both sides together. (I surge the seam but a zigzag stitch is fine too)

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On the top I fold the tube downwards about 20cm to make it more firm.  I fix the fabric with a small stitch onto the seam.

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I’m gathering the tube lightly at the side seam.  This will make the tube dress a bit shorter and easier to keep pleats in position.

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When I turn the dress inside out with the right fabric side up it looks like this.  This becomes my back seam.

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Finally I add some sparkles.  This is a beaded ribbon I have sewn on by hand, I’m using it only at the front side of the dress because it’s a non stretch.

flea market finds

Last week’s flea market bargain: a pleated tulle ribbon, a pearl beaded collar, leather embossed flowers, an organza collar and the blingbling ribbon for today’s dress.

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