Jaipur tablecloth dress!

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Our family go to the amazing Womadelaide festival every year. I usually pick up a few interesting pieces of clothing at the market stalls there. Last year I picked up two of these beautiful Jaipur tablecloths and bought them with the intention of making a dress out of them. The fabric appears to be wood block printed by hand, and has a border print.

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So in December I finally got around to making a dress out of it. Enter Burda 7547. This is a young, plus pattern. I love that Burda releases plus size patterns in younger, trendier styles! And this pattern is a perfect sundress pattern – you can wear a normal bra and have the straps completely concealed, and the body skimming fit quite flattering.

I traced the bodice in a size 42, the smallest available, and did a big FBA, sewed the side dart and lengthened the whole bodice.

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This resulted in a dress with quite high armholes which conceals those little fleshy bits under your arms, but does feel a little constricting to wear. I traced my hip size in the skirt section, but then ended up taking in both side seams considerably. I think I did not leave quite enough ease at the hip, it sticks a bit, but I think I just need to get over my preciousness about that. I am also not used to wearing straight skirts. If I made it again I think I’d deepen the back darts and let out the side seams from the hip down.

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The front and back deep V necklines are my favourite part of the dress. The front is low, but not unwearably so.

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The pattern instructs only the bodice to be lined, but I lined the whole dress. The lining hangs free on one side, and is caught in the side seam on the side with the invisible zip, as that was much easier.

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You can see that the hem drops a little at the sides due to my use of the border print.

The gathered shoulder is a nice feature and I finished it according to the instructions.

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I was a bit unsure about this dress when I first made it. A relatively fitted, straight dress is not something I’ve worn before, and the print is quite out there. However a close friend gave me some very positive feedback on it yesterday, so I think I will wear it. I shall certainly give it an outing at Womad itself when we go in March!

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8 thoughts on “Jaipur tablecloth dress!

  1. This is so lovely! Don’t be shy about wearing it out in public, I think it looks great! I really, really love the deep v in the front and back and how you lined up the print on the bodice.

  2. Very clever work with the pattern matching! And I love your choice to line it in blue – I would have used white, and probably robbed the colours of their intensity?

  3. I love it – what a wonderful way to ultilise such gorgeous fabric. I think that you’re amazing to be able to do so. I have sari fabric that I keep with the intention of getting a skirt made out of it (‘cos really, I just don’t have that many sari-wearing opportunities!)…one day!
    I love the neckline, love that it plunges back and front but without being too revealing. You should wear that one LOTS!!!

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