Another flannel dress

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My red flannel dress is one of my favorites, so when I saw a pretty turquoise and black plaid at the fabric store, I knew exactly what to do with it. The shape of this dress is similar to my other one, with a waistband and a-line skirt, but the construction is actually pretty different. The bodice is cut on the bias, giving it enough stretch that it didn’t need darts. The waistband is cut with the grain to give the dress some structure, as are the sleeves. The buttons in back are useless – they don’t go through the waistband which is the smallest part of the dress. It actually closes with an invisible zipper on the side.

In making this dress I learned that side zippers should not go all the way up to the top and poke into your arm pit, because that is uncomfortable. There is a reason every side zipper I’ve seen ends a couple of inches bellow the sleeve. Now I know.

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One Response to Another flannel dress

  1. Michele says:

    So delighted to have found your blog, your skills with fabric and wool are excellent and so inspiring. How do I get updates or follow your blog? Love this dress, and who doesn’t love a dress with pockets.

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