Madras dress

Madras dress
I think I’m inspired by madras dresses that I’ve seen a lot lately. So when I found this madras 2 m cut fabric in Yuzawaya, I snatched it right away and carried on to make this dress.

This dress is sort of my experiment of making clothes without pattern. I measured myself and drew straight on the fabric. The checks pattern really helped a lot for positioning.
Madras dress
The top part stops above the bust, and the bottom part is just a pair of ruffled long rectangles. The sleeves are a pair of long rectangles, each folded in half and then ruffled. That way they don’t need to be hemmed. I added a loop and fabric-covered button on the front closure and that was it!

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  • Please, tell me about the pattern!!! I love it!!!
    Have a look in my website, you could find some tipical spanish shoes with a similar fabric:

  • Mandu

    Hello! Love the dress and would like to make a similar one with a thrifted battik fabrik. Could you explain some more how you did the sleeves (a drawing would be awesome) ^^
    also I see that the neckline has some extra peice of fabric on the inside, is that a way of hemming?

    Thank you very much!

    • verypurpleperson

      Hi there, the sleeves are shape like a long rectangle with every corners rounded. Then you fold the rectangle in the middle length and make gathering stitches along the rounded side. The folded side will then be the hem of the sleeves.
      I guess the extra fabric that you see inside the neckline is the neckline facing? Yes, it is a way of finishing the neckline.
      I hope I could make a drawing of the sleeves sometime πŸ™‚

      • Mandu

        Great! now I get it! Thank you very much! I’ll put a pic in your Flikr pool when Im done πŸ™‚

  • Dane

    Beautiful dress! Love your blog =)

  • trinsch

    i've been reading through your older blog posts randomly. completely in love with each new post i opened πŸ™‚ i pretty much made "ooohh" and "wow" and deep sighs every time i looked at another item of yours!

  • Josie

    I recently discovered your blog and I really enjoy it. I've nominated you for a 'lovely blog' award. You can pick it up at my blog –

  • ica

    duh mbak… buatanmu selalu keren !!!! πŸ˜€ salam kenallllll

  • Trisha

    Love that fabric pattern! I have a pair of flat shoes that are in that same pattern. Looks faaaabulous on you!

  • smallVille shop

    lovely dress. i love the fabric, too.

  • H

    oh and i wanted to say, that i really like how you did the sleeves! it looks so nice without a hem.

  • H

    that’s a perfect summer dress!

  • Applesushi

    It’s a really lovely dress, and a great style!

  • verobirdie

    You’re very clever. I like it.

  • Karencilla

    ohhh i am in love with this! want one! beautiful as always novita! =)

  • EmilyKate

    ooooooh, sweet! It looks comfy and very stylish :o)

  • sushipie

    I love the colors. It turned out lovely.