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A dress to match the cuffs.

October 28, 2018

“Don’t buy a suit to match your tie,” is a proverb that has served me very well… except when it should be ignored, such as with this project.  It started with a picture of knit+crochet cuffs I saw online, which led me to grab knitting needles and some cotton yarn from my stash, and experiment with the design.  Soon I had a set of cuffs I loved, with nothing to put them on.

Cuffs RSR

So, with cuffs in hand and no plan except that I might like them on a dress, I went fabric shopping, and came home with this lightweight rayon plaid:

Fabric RSR

For a pattern, I decided on the “Coco dress” from Tilly and the Buttons.  The dress has simple, basic lines; is fast to construct; and worked well for me on a prior dress.


I sewed the dress and attached the cuffs before deciding what to do with the neckline.  At that point, the answer was obvious–make a collar to match the cuffs.

Collar RSR

The finished dress:  Tada!

Dress on form2 RSR

I’ve now worn the dress once, and am quite happy with it.  Here are a few thoughts on the dress and fabric:

  • The A-line skirt makes the dress bicycle-friendly.
  • The cotton cuffs and collar, and lightweight rayon make a very comfortable dress.
  • The lightweight fabric makes the dress fit easily under a blazer when called for at work, or under a jacket for chilly Fall mornings and evenings.
  • The weight of the dress feels quirky on the hanger because the fabric is lightweight and flowy, while the cuffs and collar are weightier cotton.  The weight disparity isn’t evident when the dress is being worn.
  • The rayon fabric is not very durable.  It will be susceptible to snags.  The edges of the fabric fray profusely, so I had to finish all of the edges first thing.
  • About that plaid.  I should have had my head examined for buying flimsy fabric with a plaid that had to be matched.  Eventually, I figured out a method that mostly worked, but not before several frustrated do-overs.  Marking a straight hem was a bear, too, because of the shifty fabric and the plaid.

A few more views:

The back neck closure was finished with two self-fabric covered buttons and crochet button hole loops.


The horizontal plaid matching.

Match stripes 2

Hall mirror selfie.

IMG_20181021_175030488a RSR

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From → Bicycling, Music, Sewing

  1. SUPER cute! The shot of the buttons was worth the effort, for sure. Great job. And the plaid matching! Nice.


    • Thanks! The back closure was unplanned–a happy accident, since I was making the whole thing up as I went. Sometimes things work out on their own. 🙂


  2. You dress is super cute! You mentioned you could even wear this riding a bike, so do you ride your bike a lot?


    • Thanks! Yes, I do bike a lot, and always in regular clothes. I’ve been a dedicated bike commuter for several years, and also bike to the grocery store and other errands whenever possible. Do you bike?

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      • I think it’s an awesome idea! It’s not ever been possible for me to bike commute. I was either hauling kids, a carpool or a large dog. We’ve been talking about getting bikes to ride around here, but it would only be for pleasure. Other than a dollar store, everything else we need is 25 miles away.


      • Hopefully you can come up with places to ride to. I bet once you get bikes, you’ll notice places to go, even in a rural area, that you hadn’t considered before. I really enjoy biking for transportation. Your 25 miles for errands does pretty much rule out bicycling. That’s a bummer. My commute is 4.3 miles each way, and I remember when I used to think that was too far!

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  3. Even if it was a happy accident, the back of the collar looks well thought out and well done.

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  4. badfinger20 permalink

    Thanks for the Gordon Lightfoot!

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  5. seweverythingblog permalink

    Your cuff inspired dress turned out very chic. Perfect plaid matching, too.


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