Most successful sewing projects depend on choosing a suitable fabric.  A clingy bias skirt pattern, for instance, will look completely different in a quilting cotton than it will in a silk charmeuse. 

Many people avoid using quilting cottons and upholstery fabric for apparel because they are supposedly unsuitable materials.  However, I have had quite a bit of success with them, understanding that neither is going to drape very much at all!

And some of the prints and colors are so very pretty, they are impossible to resist!

Step 1: Fabric Re-Imagined

This upholstery fabric was originally intended as a slip cover for a chair.  Well, that project never happened, although I have used some of the yardage as small home décor and craft projects, here and there.  It sat in the corner, on its roll.
Love the fact that you upcycled upholstery fabric to make a dress. And awesome tutorial! I tried making a tutorial like this and it turned out horrible. I hope you don't mind but I will be taking some tips from you as to how to go about the next one. Lovely dress!
This is a great dress. I also use quilting cotton and upholstery fabrics for clothes. You are right, the colors and prints can be irresistible, and there are only so many chairs you need to reupholster. Deb
lovely..how was the pleated bodice part done?
The bodice under cups are darted and fit the body; a larger piece is pleated, sewn to the upper edge of the under cup and the raw edges are stitched to the piece that fits the body. This is difficult to describe in words, but basically there are two pieces - one pleated for the design, and the other fitted to keep everything in place. Those two pieces are then treated as one when attached to the bodice. <br> <br>This is actually a current pattern, Butterick 5882, if you are interested in making your own!
So cute!!!
Lovely work! I love your fabric choice and I love the flared skirt.

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