Hot! The “Just Hanging Around” Dress

The Facts

Fabric: One (half of a ) curtain!
Pattern: Colette – Rooibos
Year: 2011
Notions: 16″ invisible zipper
Time to complete: 6+ hours
First worn: Jan. 14, 2012
Wear again?: Most certainly!
Total Price: $6.00

My inspiration for this dress was a simple black beaded necklace that I have no idea when or where or how I acquired!

Looking at this dress you would never guess that it started it’s life as a curtain! I would never have thought to use a thrifted curtain as material for a dress but last year Veronica Darling taught me that you can create some amazing new, one-of-a-kind garments from clothes, curtains & bedsheets purchased from an Op Shop!

I had already planned to use the curtain for a Rooibos but I couldn’t decide on the contrast material. I was tossing up between using plain black or material with some sort of pattern. This challenge and the necklace had me settling on the black contrast.  The weave of the main material reminds me of denim, so I decided to try out a new technique on this dress and I flat felled the seams on the front and back of the skirt. I love the simple detail it adds!

I cut myself a size 12 instead of my usual size 14 for this dress because I’ve lost a bit of weight and supposedly my bust was down 1″, but the dress is a touch tight across the bust (not that I think anyone other than I can tell), but I will be sticking to my usual bust measurement…Wore this today to my cousins Kitchen Tea party and was pretty damn chuffed when a family member asked where I had bought my dress so she could get one…
Sorry Darl, this is one of a kind!



Anna is a Melbourne girl and started sewing early 2011 when her Mum suggested sewing clothes since Anna had such a difficult time finding RTW clothes that fit her well and suited her body shape. Little did Mum know that her suggestion would soon become Anna's obsession...


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  1. I love this pattern and your version is fabulous. In fact you’ve just reminded me that I need to make another myself…

  2. Gorgeous dress – that colour is stunning. :-)

  3. How satisfying to have been asked that (as long as it wasn’t followed up with a request to make them one). Great dress and great recycling.

  4. What a cool dress, through and through! It’s extra awesome when someone wants your dress and it started off life as a curtain! :)

  5. This is adorable and so flattering! Who doesn’t love a curtain that turns out this epic :D

  6. Thanks ladies!!! :)