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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sew Weekly Inspiration

This next dress was inspired by two different areas on the Sew Weekly page.  The first, and what initially piqued my interest was the Make This Look for the Day After Day Dress. I loved the red and white polka dot fabric (which I happened to have on hand from one of my sale runs at my fabric store), and the white piping.

Second, was the unique back on the pattern they suggested, Simplicity 2180.
Back of Simplicity 2180

The open back design normally would not appeal to me.  I'm not overly modest about that stuff, but really,  how do you wear your bra? Well, I was on the fence and thinking about doing their 'normal' back, but then I stumbled upon Sew Weekly contributor Adey Lim's Plain Sailing Dress.  She used a vintage pattern that had some questionable artwork, and made this gorgeous, open-backed dress.

How cute is the back of this dress?

So, I did it.

And, I love it! 

Fabric: Red and white polka dot cotton print.
Pattern: Simplicity 2180, Version A.
Notions: Invisible zipper, white piping.

It's another fun summer dress to add to my collection.  Seriously, I don't know how Fall is going to compete.  I've had so much fun sewing all of these summery dresses.  And wearing a design with an open-back is so much more feasible in this wonderful summer weather.
Have you ever made a dress that had a questionable design to it, that you then ended up loving? Or still wasn't sold on even after the fact?


  1. Gorgeous! Well made babes!

  2. I LOVE this dress! So great that you used the make this dress idea...that back cut-out is perfect--I will have to check this pattern out! Perfect summer dress!

  3. Love it. I've been eying that pattern for a while now.

  4. Very cute! I like the colors you used.

  5. Thanks ladies! I'm so happy with how this dress turned out. I hope summer never ends!


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