Rainbow Cutout!

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While I was browsing the designer spring/summer collections online, I discovered these fabulous stripe dresses from Dolce and Gabbana.

Dolce & Gabbana



Source: Net-a-Porter.com


I loved all of the elements of the dresses and the striped fabric and I decided that I could make this look work for my everyday life.  And I knew the perfect pattern I would use to execute my look.

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I picked Butterick 6351 and found this fabulous Italian Multicolor Striped Cotton-Lycra Sateen fabric from Mood Fabric.com.

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I cut the size 14 in the C cup. I added an inch to the length of the bodice for both front and back.  I also pivoted the horizontal bust dart around to a vertical waist dart. There was nothing wrong with the fit of the bodice. I changed it simply for aesthetics. I wanted my stripes to match as closely as possible at all seams.

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So I felt that dart move worked out best for me. I tweaked the fit somewhat. I typically cut slightly larger and just make nips and tucks wherever needed. I took in the sides a bit to refine the bodice fit.

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For the skirt, I cut the same size and added an inch to the length.  As you see this time, I strategically placed the stripes vertically. Such a slimming effect.

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I added the band to the skirt and flipped it back to horizontal.  And the dress has an elastic waistband in the back of the skirt.

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The stripes were pretty simple to match because it is a large enough scale pattern.


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The dress is partially lined at the bodice. I used a white cotton batiste from my stash. The dress has a side invisible zipper. The only thing I don’t really like is the elastic back waistband. I don’t understand the point of that if it has a zipper. If I make this again, I’ll eliminate the elastic waistband and waist gathers and change the skirt portion and use a simple pencil skirt with darts and a waistband.

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When I tried the dress on, I didn’t like how the back of the bodice didn’t lay right. It kept falling open, exposing my bra and it just overall looked sloppy.

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I just ended up slipping stitching it down.

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Even with the changes I made, it didn’t take a lot of time to make this dress and the fabric was incredible to work with.



  • Girls in the Garden
    July 18, 2016

    Gorgeous dress, Erica. That is a great idea about the vertical dart.

  • Marina Villalobos
    July 18, 2016

    Great dress, Erica. It looks good on you. I must say, you have impressive sewing skills. Congrats!

  • Jeny Soto
    July 18, 2016

    Love the design and color of the dress, as well as the accessories!! Great job!

  • Fiona
    July 21, 2016

    Oo you look fabulous in that outfit! love how you’ve taken that beautiful inspiration picture and made it your own

  • Cennetta
    July 24, 2016

    Love, love it!