Upholstery Patch Dress

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Progressing from my project last week, utilising some Robert Allen upholstery samples (purchased from a recycle centre for $1), I mentioned I have been scheming up a plan to use the rest of these pretty fabric squares. My second project is now complete; a patchwork dress.


It has taken me the best part of a week to complete. I used a pattern I have from my collection; New Look 6577.




I discovered my thrifted pattern did not come with instructions, so I cut relevant pattern pieces, and winged it.

There was not enough samples to complete a full dress. I thought I might have to buy (thrift) some fabric to match the upholstery samples, but instead, used what I already had; a pale pink fabric for the back of my dress, a light blue fabric for lining (although in photos actually looks lilac), and a reclaimed zip. This is the first time I have fully lined a dress, completed by trial and (a few) errors.




When I first completed this dress, I had an awful big gape at the back of my neck. After googling for some advice, I'd either cut this dress pattern to the wrong size, have a narrow upper back, or both. I had to un-pick the zip, completely remove it, cut into the back (risky), and re-sew. Time consuming, but thankfully got it right the second time.

I used leftover cut away patches to sew a fabric flower, backed with eco-fi felt, and hair grips, so that I can either wear it in my hair, or on a band around my waist. I chose a white silk scarf to tie around my waist as a belt, as I felt it looked a little plain without anything.







 
I am so happy with this dress, but now have to find an occasion to wear it?
 
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22 comments:

Isis said...

neat idea

OrloSubito said...

beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

You are amazing Erica!! This is fab!! I must start sewing myself!! Hope all is well with you and yours? Best wishes Steph xx (Squires)

Erica Louise said...

Steph - if only we lived closer :) thanks for commenting and reading my blog x

Isis and OrloSubito - thanks also

Nelly said...

Smart little cookie you.Last time I did patchwork on a dress was for my now 27yr old when she was little.You did a great job on yours.

redwitch said...

Very clever! Well done :)

Donna said...

That dress is divine! Love it!

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Mongs said...

wow I love it, it's so beautiful. The dress looks complicated to make with all the patches and lining, you amazed me with your skills. I hope some day my sewing skills can be as good:-)


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Kelly Raine said...

This is awesome.

grunge-queen said...

Love it! Congrats. I am not at all crafty but so admire it in others!

Anonymous said...

That is an absolutely awesome dress! I love it.

Ruby Murray said...

Love this, so pretty and cute. I'd never even thought of making a dress from upholstery samples, such a great idea and the samples are always in complimentary colours too.

Carolyn said...

your dress is gorgeous! And, not to worry about the season, you will get a heap of wear out of it in summer, for sure!

NessaKnits said...

Sew clever. You need a granny spencer under to keep you warm.

lozzalea said...

here via craft gossip...

Gorgeous! I especially love the flower belt/hair piece.

Seeing this i'm promted to ask - did your samples have paper stuck to the back? I've recently picked up a similar book of sample fabrics (Robert Allen for Beacon Hill) and have been having dificulty removing the paper backing...

Erica Louise said...

Thanks for all that have commented :)

@lozzalea glad you asked. Sometimes, depending on the fabric, I'd manage to rip off the sticky paper, but most of the time I would cut the paper off completely; not using the bottom part of each fabric sample - I wish I had a magic solution to get rid of the sticky paper bits!

Sofie said...

The dress is AMAZING!
Your blog is,too!
I'm following :)
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Erica Louise said...

Sofie thanks for following, I have been to check out your blog also x

Indigo said...

Just beautiful! Love this!!!

credible upholstery said...

I love on how you made the dress from upholstery. This is really great and it could even be sold too.

Stacey said...

This dress is amazing! I'm convinced that I need a patchwork dress now.

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