This cream-colored 204 was made as my
Easter dress. I made coordinating dresses for my daughters. This dress has tulip
sleeves and a sweetheart neckline. I edged this dress with white piping.
This crinkle rayon dress is the first 204 I
made. The changes I made to this dress were to add length to the bodice. It is
now nearly to my waist, and I made it a longer length.
My 204, the first I have made, is creative
in that I used the sleeves from the 207 because I like plain sleeves without
gathers. Also the skirt is a slight A-line, instead of the full bias-cut skirt
of the 204. The first picture is of the back of the skirt. I wanted a bit more
of a body-conscious fit, because I'm broad-shouldered and have a 36DD bust. If
a dress is too loose or hangs straight down from my bust, making me look bigger
than I am, I prefer to fix it. Therefore, I added princess seams in the back of
the bodice also, and put criss-cross lacing so that I could adjust the fit.
I wanted a really nice dressy dress to
wear out with my husband, so I chose a black panne' material. You can't see it
very well in the photo, but I put sequins around the neck edge and sleeve
I used a chambray to make this dress as
well as a matching sling. I forgot to take a picture of the dress with the
For this dress, I combined a small
Christmas plaid with a black panne' velvet. I redrew the back bodice into
three pieces so it had a center section, like the front. I made the center
and the sleeves from the panne' velvet, and the sides and sash from the plaid.
I made bias tape (for the very first time!) from the plaid to trim the neckline
and the sleeves. On the sleeves I used the tape as a sort of "cuff". It works
perfectly with a single gold button! (I plan on putting two matching gold
buttons on one shoulder at the seam, but I haven't done it yet). It was fun
coming up with "special" touches for this dress. I fringed the ends of the
sash. I used gold metallic thread for a honeycomb decorative stitch along the
bottom of the front overlay and the back center bodice section. For the bottom
of the skirt, I pieced plaid and velvet rectangles together to make a patchwork
border. This is the first time I have ever done any piecing, and I was so
excited that it turned out so nicely.
These three pictures are all of the same
EL 204 dress, just different views. I had the urge to make this dress after
looking at a picture of a 1950's party dress. I love the off-the-shoulder look,
but unfortunately couldn't accomplish it with only 3 yards of fabric. The
collar, which is fully detachable and reversible, allows the dress to be dressy
or casual. View 2 shows the usual sleeveless version of 204 to which I added
several small black buttons down the front. View 3 shows the same dress with
the collar snapped on. The bow conveniently hides the black buttons. To
add definition to the collar, I trimmed it using 1/2" black piping. To wear the
dress you see in view 1, I simply unsnap the collar, move the back collar to the
front, and resnap. I used a 6-8 sizing everywhere but the bodice side seams
which needed to be size 10-12. I also found adding 2-1/2" to the bodice length
worked well for my proportions. Since this was my first attempt at a sleeveless
dress, I thriftily used 3 yards of an inexpensive black rayon print, which
washed up nicely. Anxious to see how the dress fit, I used my serger to sew the
seams together. This was an easy and rewarding project. I call it my 3-in-1
This dress is a plain short sleeve 204
using blue paisley linen. I really love this dress. The fit and fabric are
fabulous. To fit me properly, I used the 6-8 sizing everywhere except for the
bodice side seams, which needed to be size 10-12. I also found adding 2-1/2
inches to the bodice length worked well for my proportions.
I did not alter the pattern of this 204 in
any way. I did however, match up the fabric, so the lines continued from the
bodice to the skirt without being obvious that they join.
This dress is a blue-green cotton floral.
It is nice because the print is so busy that wrinkles don't show. (Editor's
note: it sure looks easy and discreet to nurse in this dress!)
The bodice is a rayon-linen fabric that
looks like denim but is much softer. The skirt part is a burgundy-white check
cotton that I got for $1.88/yard. I had originally made the entire dress from
this but my husband said it looked like a table cloth. So, I ripped off the
bodice and replaced it with the rayon-linen fabric and now the dress is perfect
Since this is my first 204, I made it
pretty straight from the pattern and did not change anything. I made it with
the short sleeved version and with the skinny tie backs to pull in the fullness
of the dress. I positively love this dress and will definitely make some more
of this pattern! It makes me look and feel skinnier and gives me a waistline.
I gotta love that!
My dress is a soft rayon. It is very drapey.
The print is a purple paisley. I made the bodice two inches longer and made the
neckline one size smaller than the rest of the body.
This was an interesting version to do as I
needed to line up the varied striping and keep the pattern's continuity. I used
a blind hem stitch for hemming it for the first time. It turned out fairly well
hidden, I think. I also made matching dresses for my little ones and we wore
them together for Easter Sunday. This features the narrow ties and the longest
The creative aspects of my dress are: 1)
The center front skirt and overlay were cut as one piece eliminating the waist
seam. 2) The sash comes from the edges of the CF (center front) panel and
button in the back. 3) The sleeves gather at the cap and are pleated at the
bottom with a single box pleat. They are also 3/4 length. Not so obvious or
creative is that I raised the neckline to a more comfortable, modest (for me)
level. I made the dress as small as I could without having to add any fasteners.
This dress is a blue chambray with a
purchased lace collar. I altered the neckline to follow the curve of the collar.
I added length to the bodice (1") and I used the short sleeves from 109. The
sleeve caps are pleated instead of gathered, and the bottom of the sleeve has a
tuck to take in the fullness.
This dress is the basic 204 with short
sleeves. It is made from an interlock knit in a geometric block print in jewel
colors. The neckline and sleeves are finished with topstitching, the length is
long, and the sides are cut in a smaller size to give a slim
This dress is made from a rayon red and
white mini-check. The overlay sides are straightened to be vertical (they don't
curve toward the shoulder), and the overlay is pleated with deep pleats which
hide the openings. The neckline has a purchased lace collar, and is finished
with self bias tape. The sleeves are gently gathered at the top and have a
small pleat at the hem.
This sleeveless 204 is made out of a bright
floral challis print. This is the first time I ever worked with challis, so I
was a bit nervous. The dress turned out great, and hangs so well. This was the
first time I had ever used bias tape also. I am thrilled with the way the dress
turned out, and will be using this kind of material again often!
This 204 is made of a lovely linen, with a
delicate light blue background and a garden fresh floral print. This dress
needed no alterations, and worked beautifully, with attractive serging inside
to make the inside as beautiful as the out. When out in this dress, it is like
a walk in the garden, and nursing can be done discretely as well as easily!
This is a 204 with a modified skirt. I made it with no pockets and out of
only a front and back piece. Instead of full ties, I sewed small ties to
the back of the dress to take in any fullness.
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