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Built By Wendy 3835 Tunic Dress (or whatever) and Boy Haircut

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Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. A couple of weeks ago I was stricken with the worst sinus/tooth pain of my life and was unable to function for about a week. After an emergency trip to the dentist and a few days of antibiotics and pain medication I’m finally starting to feel better. Man, that was rough.

So since I haven’t written in so long I have quite a bit to show, but because there are a lot of pictures I am going to post a little at a time. For today, a tunic dress that was inspired by the Built by Wendy 3835 dress/shirt pattern and the dress in view C in Sewing Talk, one of my favorite Japanese pattern books. I wish I had a photograph of view C, but I don’t right now. It’s basically a simple sleeveless dress with no darts and an elastic casings at the neck and the armholes. So easy!

built by wendy 3835sewing talk

I referred to both patterns for the body, basing my dress on the shirt in the BBW pattern (another “view C”) but using the Sewing Talk pattern to lengthen the BBW top. I also used the raglan style BBW sleeves and the BBW pockets. Okay then, I guess it’s actually best described as a modified Built by Wendy 3835 but I only made it because I liked how my first Sewing Talk View C dress came out so much. I have pictures of that dress, but they really suck so I’m not sharing.

The dress was made using a weird crinkle-gauze type blend I got for $1 a yard from Joann’s. It was really easy to work with but the fact that it is crinkly stretch fabric made the pockets tricky to apply – or it could have been difficult because I bias cut the pockets. You can see how they are a bit “off” in the dress form photo.
I read an article recently that said the best skirt lengths for us short folk is either mid-thigh or ankle – *not* right at/above the knee or mid calf. I never realized that, but it’s true. The dress is quite short but I plan to wear it this fall with asphalt American Apparel leggings. I am wearing biker shorts underneath it in the photos. Stylin’!

built by wendy 3835 on dress form

Check out my boy-hair below. I told y’all I went a little crazy with my razor cutter after my last haircut! It’s so much easier to have it this short, though, and I’ll sacrifice beauty for ease any day.

tunic dress bbw 3835

tunic dress bbw 3835


Written by sewfussy

October 14, 2007 at 6:06 pm

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  1. christy, you are way too cool. the dress … the haircut … *love*


    October 15, 2007 at 3:24 am

  2. I love the haircut. Very pixie-like. I’m way too tall to pull-off a super short “do” like that.

    Very cute dress too. LOVE the sleeve-length!


    October 15, 2007 at 3:53 pm

  3. I Love your hair!!! I just found your cool blog! You look awesome.
    Nice dress! Very European looking


    October 17, 2007 at 8:44 pm

  4. Simply adorable! Found your blog via NaBloPoMo. Gad I did.

    TX Poppet

    October 21, 2007 at 6:09 pm

  5. You are one hot mama! I love, love, love your haircut and that dress is simply adorable on you.


    October 25, 2007 at 3:42 am

  6. […] it because of the minimal gathers, but I think it’s cute.  It’s a bit longer than my last tunic, but if it makes me look short I’ll take it up a few inches.  I mean really, at this length […]

  7. you’ve sacrificed nothing! absolutely adorable, the dress, your hair = you! 🙂 really sweet.


    June 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm

  8. Great job! I was planning on making this BBW dress with the shirt top, but have been a bit lazy! yours is so cute and is just the kick in the pants i needed. thank you!


    May 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm

  9. Love the pattern…love the haircut even more. So Audrey Tautou of you.


    June 3, 2009 at 11:33 am

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