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A dress for Gladys

Added Aug 16, 2008

by cassielouise

London, United K...






I made this dress to wear at my Grandmother’s funeral earlier this year. Grandma was always proud of the fact that I like making clothes, and I know she would have been happy that I made this for her.

I didn’t have a tried and tested pattern in my collection that seemed just right, so I made the pattern for this myself, based this on a dress I had bought earlier in the summer. It’s almost an exact copy – I would have liked to have put more of myself into the dress, but I was up against the wire to finish it on time.

In my rush to finish I managed to snip a hole just under the armhole… and the silk I used for making this wasn’t quite stiff enough to hold the shape of the dress (which I solved with the help of a bit of starch).

Overall though, I’m happy with how it turned out.

Material Notes

Grey (Indian?) silk.





Cos Stores
Beth (my sister)

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    Dec 28, 2009, 12.17 PMby Laura Jane

    its beautiful she would have been proud

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    Nov 20, 2009, 03.34 AMby petitmoutonbleu

    jolie!!! trop jolie!!!!!!!

    nice silhouete!

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    Dec 30, 2008, 01.11 PMby lizah

    Very beautiful!

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    Dec 30, 2008, 10.09 AMby immerbeginner

    great dress! I saw this in one of the Burda albums and searched for more info on it – I thought there’d be a pattern to share: schade! and then when I found out it’s from COS—it had to be! I love COS … but not their prices ;-) good job!

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    Aug 28, 2008, 06.17 AMby carottesauvage

    Wonderfull dress!

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    Aug 20, 2008, 11.29 PMby ledthread

    “everything is beautiful”


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    Aug 20, 2008, 02.30 PMby onthefringe

    This is stunning both as a dress and as a commemeration.

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    Aug 18, 2008, 11.45 PMby jellybean

    Yes I agree with everyone else. This is a really stylish dress and I’m sure your Grandmother is very proud of you.

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    Aug 18, 2008, 09.43 AMby lillasyrran

    you have done a really great job! Beautiful fabric!

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    Aug 18, 2008, 08.49 AMby adgentry

    Very beautiful classic dress. I especially love the neckline.

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    Aug 18, 2008, 06.14 AMby cassielouise

    Thanks for all so much for your lovely kind comments!

    Hannah7laura7 and ARMYwife, I shall certainly try to upload the pattern, but it may take me some time (which is something I never seem to have enough of!) – and I’ll need to spend some time getting it to a state where someone other than me would be able to make sense of it.

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    Aug 17, 2008, 11.38 AMby mirela

    Beautiful creation! I see why your grandma was proud, you deserve it! Wish I could smell those flowers in the background!

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    Aug 17, 2008, 07.42 AMby hannah7laura7

    So sorry for your loss but love the dress and know your grandmother is proud of such a beautiful creation. If you ever decide to post a pattern please let me know!

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    Aug 17, 2008, 07.42 AMby hannah7laura7

    So sorry for your loss but love the dress and know your grandmother is proud of such a beautiful creation. If you ever decide to post a pattern please let me know.

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    Aug 16, 2008, 10.41 PMby oonaballoona

    what a wonderful way to celebrate your nan! this is gorgeous.

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    Aug 16, 2008, 05.32 PMby emilykate

    You look lovely in it, and it’s a lovely and fitting gesture for your nan.

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    Aug 16, 2008, 05.23 PMby polychromatin

    You look great in it, fabric and pattern are truly beautiful.

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    Aug 16, 2008, 05.22 PMby yoshimi

    I agree with everyone above. Your dress is very beautiful. It’s amazing that you did such a great job in a short time.

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    Aug 16, 2008, 04.58 PMby nikkishell

    Very classy. It’s a lovely shape.

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    Aug 16, 2008, 03.53 PMby mjb14

    I agree with all the above comments. It is beautiful and stylish. I love the neckline.

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    Aug 16, 2008, 03.49 PMby armywife

    I would love to see the pattern up here. It is very elegant.

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    Aug 16, 2008, 03.16 PMby pinkhibiscus

    The neck part is just beautiful

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    Aug 16, 2008, 03.13 PMby miss-g

    Lovely dress. It has a beautiful shape. I’ve had a few accidental “snips” myself.

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    Aug 16, 2008, 03.10 PMby karencilla

    it’s beautiful, the dress, the picture and I’m pretty sure your grandma is very proud of you!

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    Aug 16, 2008, 02.02 PMby maldrich

    Great dress :)

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    Aug 16, 2008, 01.34 PMby mandypandy

    Very classic and nice fabric—Grandma would be proud!

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    Aug 16, 2008, 12.28 PMby gjuliem

    beautiful dress!!!! i like the fabric, great job

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    Aug 16, 2008, 12.24 PMby corduroysarcasm

    very cool!! and i’m sorry about your grandmother but i’m sure she’s very proud of you!! you’re very talented!

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