Hot! The ‘Tangerine Roses’ Dress

The Facts

Fabric Orange, white and grey jersey knit, free from ebay!
Pattern C dress by Masty – free pattern from Burdastyle
Year 2010
Notions Thread
Time to complete 2.5 hours – ish
First worn For photos
Wear again? On holiday in two weeks time
Total price Nothing! (unless you count the thread)


I have been waiting for the chance to use this fabric.  Orange really isn’t a colour I would choose, even if it has been re-named Tangerine Tango, but this fabric was an absolute bargain.  I bought it from this seller on ebay. It was very cheap anyway but the seller then contacted me to say that she had found some imperfections in the print of the fabric. She had posted it anyway and not charged me for it. So it was actually free! The imperfections were hardly noticeable and easy to cut around, so I think the least I can do is recommend this seller for their excellent service.

In keeping with the free theme I used a pattern I have been dying to try since seeing this version by distie – the C dress from Burdastyle.  I made virtually the whole thing using my serger, missed off the sleeves, used a double layer for front and back bodice pieces as recommended here, meaning I could miss out the bias binding.  I also hand-stitched the front to stop it gaping.  No fit adjustments needed – I love knits!  I will have to remember not to eat too much though, or else drag out the ‘hold it all in’ underwear.


The thing I love most about this dress is the back.  Look – how cool is that!

I should have made more effort to hide my bra strap, but I am running late again this week. I wore a different one when making the dress and it was definitely hidden.  Overall despite this being a colour combination I would not normally choose, I have to say that I absolutely love this dress, and I can’t wait to wear it on holiday in a couple of weeks.



Taracat is a beginning seamstress, scientist, teacher, mother, gin drinker, almost author, drama queen and a bit of a stroppy 'mare. She discovered The Sew Weekly in February 2011 while using the internet to teach herself to sew. She's getting there.


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  1. Oh! very pretty dress! the shape and the fabric!

  2. Can’t beat free, can you?! The leaves also look grey so you can say it’s also “Driftwood” too. Great job!

  3. Love the front folded look and the back hole – great job!

    • Cheers, I love the back, and of course when you make things yourself you can adjust them so no bra strap showing – at least in theory…

  4. Brilliant and I can’t believe it was free! Even better and you look stunning in it.

  5. I love that fabric! What a great print! And how thrifty can you get! FREE fabric! And knit fabric too! FREE AND EASY! xoxo

    You look gorgeous in it!

  6. I love the fabric and the dress! You look gorgeous in it! You’ll be turning some heads when you go on holiday-

  7. That’s a perfect fit! I’m envious! I’ll have to try that pattern sometime. The fabric is so right on with the Pantone colors. Oh, and the opening in the back is lovely.

  8. That’s a lovely dress – the colours and fit look great.

  9. Hey , aren’t you the cat meow!! What a gorgeouse color combo and the back peek-a-boo is gorgeous.

  10. Oh man! I have the perfect! “orphan” button for the back closure. An orange bakelite rose. Wish we were neighbors, girl, cause I would run it right over. Nice job on the dress.

    • You’re right, it definitely needs a button. I’m off to have a rummage through my button tin.

  11. Love the really cute back detail

  12. I love this dearly…the print and the sexy fit of that knit. Gorgeous!

    • Thanks Najah! I have just started cutting another one in blue polka dot, I think I am going to end up with several.

  13. You look so cute! I love the orange roses.

  14. Thanks Margaret!