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Drop-Waist denim dress


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Last Saturday I found myself sort of rooting around in my fabric stash, with the stated goal of “cleaning” and sorting things out a bit, but the secret goal of finding something with which to whip up a quick dress to wear to a party.

I was starting to despair, because I just didn’t seem to have anything appropriate- how is that I can accumulate SO MUCH fabric and yet never seem to have any that I want to actually use?  Does anyone else have this problem?  Anyway, I was on the verge of admitting defeat when I decided to hop over to my pinterest inspiration board to see if anything struck my fancy.  I found this boxy Cheap Monday denim dress that I had pinned months ago, and the lightbulb finally lit up. I dug some dark-wash denim out of my stash and got going.

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Dress: me made, tights: Loft, Shoes: Need Supply. 

I used a tried and true pattern- the BurdaStyle Lousia Drop Waist Dress. I’ve made it twice already, and it’s never failed me (version one, for a fancy dress party, and version two in cozy ponte).

For this verion, I redrafted the neckline to be more high and round, and I added a pleated skirt.  I really love this pattern- it’s so easy to modify, and it’s really fast to make.

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I added a chunky exposed brass zipper to the back-  no surprise there. Normally I would put strips of interfacing along the seamline to support the zipper, but I didn’t think that the denim would need the support, so I skipped it and I think it worked out just fine.


I love, love, love the way this dress turned out.  I was going for something with a boxy silhouette and big, stiff skirt, and I think I nailed it.

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Expect to see more of this pattern to come- I’m nowhere near sick of it yet!

5 thoughts on “Drop-Waist denim dress”

  1. I’m also buried in fabric and have nothing to sew with! And I’m about to buy more fabric!!! Don’t tell anyone, but during my last move the number of sewing boxes was equal to the number of boxes holding the rest of my apartment. I think my condition is terminal! We need a support group.

  2. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who has been doing a little research on this.
    And he in fact bought me breakfast simply because I discovered it for him…
    lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending the time to talk about this subject here on your website.

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