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Topic: Sundress made from vintage French duvet  (Read 5854 times)
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« on: October 07, 2009 07:36:21 AM »

One day back in early March I was strolling around Gare du Nord in Paris, waiting for a friend to get in from London. I wound up coming up on a shop selling reused goods, and in a bin on the street I found the most fabulous vintage duvet cover. I mean, this is the kind of fabric we all dream about, right? Now, it was freezing cold and I was living out of a 32 L backpack, but I HAD to have this fabric. And it HAD to be a sundress. I wore it with tights and a tan long sleeved shirt for a loooong time.

So the duvet was 3. I bought thread and elastic at another street market in a town near Limoges for 1,80. So the dress cost about $7! Now here's the tricky part: I had to sew it all by hand! I'd never sewn something like this by hand, and all those stitches across the bodice for the elastic.... Well, what else was I going to do?!

This dress has been a great souvenir. The materials are all from France, and I remember details of each purchase. I remember doing that green stitching on the skirt while on a train from Barcelona to Madrid. I got those awesomely comfortable shoes that look great with the dress in Munich. I now I can wear it in New Orleans!

Later I used a bit of fabric to make a tote bag for a friend in France. And I still have enough fabric to make another dress! But I might do it as an apron... The right project will eventually reveal itself.

The pockets match up with the skirt pattern, so they don't stand out. They are the perfect size for holding a beer bottle, leaving you free to wave your hands up in the air if you happen to attend a student festival in Krakow... just in case!

These pictures were taken in September at the Old Spanish Fort on Bayou St. John in New Orleans.

check it out on my website! http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=79
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009 07:40:20 AM »

Fabulous dress!
I love the story and that you sewed it by hand, and that a beer fits in the pockets!
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2009 07:53:51 AM »

I love this dress. I totally want it.

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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2009 09:31:04 AM »

Its lovely & so is the story behind it  Grin
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2009 10:51:57 AM »

the pattern is UBERcute! i love the fact you made the pockets match with the actual fabric Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2009 11:06:45 AM »

I can't believe this in hand sewn! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! If I saw that fabric it would have been a must buy for me too! Love the story that goes with it Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2009 11:32:11 AM »

i've NEVER heard a better story about sewing a piece of clothing :-)

love the dress, the fabri is lovely
and i have to say, the hand-shirred top part looks great.

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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2009 12:55:20 PM »

What a delightful dress!!! I love the story too

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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2009 03:37:01 PM »

Very cute. I love the fabric.
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2009 02:41:06 AM »

The dress is outstanding itself, but the story behind it.... OMG. And an other OMG for living out of a 32 liter backback. I've been planig to do somethinig simmilar, but I'm the king of girl who brings an 80 liter backback for a 4 day trip....

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