Etsuko dress, take 2


Remember this dress? It wasn’t good. Shapeless and very, very unflattering. I like the fabric though, and being that it’s double gauze, it wasn’t cheap, so I knew I wanted to try and make something out of it.

The other day I pulled it out, chopped off the top part, opened one side of the new top and smocked it, following Heather’s smocked dress tutorial. I hemmed the bottom (which is now a bit shorter in length than I was originally intending!) and sewed the side and ta da!


So now it’s better. It’s still not great – I feel kind of ‘eh’ about it, but at least it is a wearable dress, and I’m hoping that it’s a bit more flattering. I will say that if nothing else, it’s really quite comfortable — that double gauze is very soft and lightweight. I think I’ll add some straps and then I’ll wear it at the beach!


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25 Responses to Etsuko dress, take 2

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    kim says:

    You are so brave! I really like how your dress looks! I am really having problems sewing clothes – just can’t get them fitted correctly. You’ve inspired me to keep trying!

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    jeanette says:

    This looks so cute now! Good job. 🙂

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    Valerie says:

    Great save, it’s adorable now!

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    Robin says:

    I love this dress….I need to try to make some dresses….just too scared!

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    mon ami says:

    Good for you for giving it another try and ending up with such a cute dress.

    I’ve been wanting to try this pattern for awhile and am inspired even more now. I just wish I had some lucious double gauze to make it with.


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    Shannon says:

    Great beach dress and bathing suit cover up. I think it looks great!

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    Sara says:

    Ooooh, I like it! But then again, I like it the first go ’round as well. Maybe it’s the fabric; you just can’t go wrong!!

    Either way, you are adorable in it.

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    Lisa says:

    Beautiful fabric. I love the dress. I posted about you and some other quilting inspirations on my blog today. If you get a moment, stop by and say hi.

    Take care,

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    Chantry says:

    It looks great! Although I didn’t think it looked too bad the first time. But this is wonderful! Congrats!

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    Jane Swanson says:

    You are so beautiful! Love the dress too!

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    Linda says:

    You look terrific in that dress. Don’t feel ‘eh’ at all. I don’t think it even needs straps, unless you’re just too uncomfortable without them. I do adore the cotton gauze……’s hard not to order tons of all of it….8-). The price does help rein me in…….lol.

    Keep up the good work. I love your blog.

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    erica says:

    Adorable! I don’t know how you feel about this but….I think it would be super stylish with a pair of great fitting jeans and a cardigan!?! I love that fabric.

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    Faith says:

    I agree with erica! That way you can wear it year round. 😛

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    christine says:

    i think with a little cardi it would look stunning, and you might think it is more than just ‘eh’. i think you did a great save!

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    Helen Yoo says:

    I actually like the first dress. Very pretty fabric. I bought so much double gauze back from Tokyo and I wish I can cut into it to make something for myself!

    I saw the little video clip of Heather Ross on Martha stewart explaining the elastic thread “smocking.” what thread did you use? I am wondering because I have no experience with it.


    p.s. After reading your blog about your sewing machine (and another) I went out and bought a brand new Bernina 630 with bsr foot!!! All this reading of sewing and knitting blog makes me spend more money! But I have to say it’s very exciting – as I never bought a sewing machine this nice brand new. I always bought them in excellent secondhand condition.

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    Too funny! I just made a shirred top the other day. I think they are a great addition to any summer wardrobe. Your redo of this dress looks great. The straps sound nice, too!

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    Alissa says:

    Such a cute dress!! Nice fix!!

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    Tif says:

    you don’t look “eh!”!!! it looks great!

    great modification!

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    Jabba says:

    It looks great! I made the Heather Ross sundress as well, and I found I had to space the smocking much farther apart than recommended but it came together in the end.

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    kyla says:

    LOVE the improvements!!!! i am a big fan of that fabric. GREAT job!!!!

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    Mary Beth says:

    Love the fabric, love the dress.

    Would you make a recommendation for a first time quilt to sew?
    Thanks, Mary

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