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black forest frock

Added Mar 2, 2008

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






My newest dress! Made from a vintage pattern (again… I have two boxes of these and I’m actually starting to use them! gasp). I tweaked the original design here and there. Most notably I shortened the dress length by about 9”, since I knew the loose-fitting shape would one be flattering if its knee length or slightly above on me. I also used the shorter sleeve view (that is pictured in the tunic-top view on the original pattern), widened along the sides and re-shaped the bottom edge. I added a narrow, 3/8” band as a “cuff” to finish the sleeves. I love how they bell-shape turned out!!

The fabric I purchased on the clearance table at my favorite fabric store. Its a super-soft, cotton, black and white windowpane plaid. I love, love, love windowpane plaids!! Problem was, the entire piece was less than 2 yards and had a large chunk out of one end. So it took a bit of figuring to get the pieces to all fit, but they did—hurrah!

Its finally starting to warm up, so I wore this to church and can’t wait to wear it again and again; it’ll be perfect through the early summer!

Material Notes

cotton, vintage buttons




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    Feb 1, 2010, 03.13 PMby ink

    I absolutely love this dress and all of your creations! Is there any way you can include a pattern name and number?

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    Jan 28, 2010, 06.11 AMby heartspromise

    OMG. This is definitely awesome. I love this stuff and your style, its very similar to mine.XD GREAT WORK!

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    Jan 27, 2010, 11.58 PMby Natalia *

    Love, love, love this dress. Need to get myself a copy of this pattern.

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    Jul 1, 2008, 06.35 PMby kozimoto

    Thanks for posting – your creations have really inspired me!

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    Mar 19, 2008, 07.30 PMby calicocouture

    I love love love this dress! It’s adorable =D

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    Mar 18, 2008, 02.01 PMby karencilla

    very nice, i loooove dresses

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    Mar 9, 2008, 02.39 PMby whitetigerlily711

    this is cute, i like how the skirt sort of “fluffs out” at the bottom (ok weird way to say it, but hopefully you get my point) anyways nice job

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    Mar 5, 2008, 02.50 AMby emptyorchestra

    you make it look so easy. :-)

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    Mar 4, 2008, 08.59 AMby lilo

    sweet, crisp and lovely!

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    Mar 4, 2008, 02.16 AMby lauriana

    Well, I can’t add anything original here… I also think you did a great job and you’ve got a really nice sense of style!

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    Mar 4, 2008, 01.34 AMby lybu

    I love this dress. It is really gorgeous and fits you perfect.

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    Mar 3, 2008, 12.44 PMby petchy

    Another great vintage creation!!! :) I love your style!!

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    Mar 3, 2008, 12.29 PMby unbutton

    hey. i just love this dress!!! it’s sooooo beautiful!!!

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    Mar 3, 2008, 06.21 AMby sewlikecarolyn

    I love all of your designs, You are quite inspiring, I would wear dresses like that everyday, now all I need to do is make them… Great job!

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    Mar 3, 2008, 02.06 AMby kicchan

    A very sweet dress, stylish and so very cute on you! The red belt makes a nice accessory and gives it more life, the dress color being neutral. I bet it would be lovely without it too, though. I agree with both JJ – the neckline is really nice. The sleeves, though, the puffyness.. that’s what I like the most. :D Is the lace from an undergarment, or is it an extra skirt sewn onto the dress?

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    Mar 2, 2008, 05.22 PMby yoshimi

    You did a great job, indeed. It’s so nice on you. I love the fit, the skirt length and…, in fact, everything!

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    Mar 2, 2008, 05.04 PMby jj1

    I love it, I like the neckline so much.

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    Mar 2, 2008, 04.41 PMby allie31991

    i really like this dress! it looks really versitile and cute!

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    Mar 2, 2008, 03.59 PMby staticstasy

    2 boxes???? wow!

    nice dress,,,,,,,

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    Mar 2, 2008, 01.33 PMby nikkishell

    gorgeous! You are making me want to sew all those vintage patterns i have stashed in my filing cabinet!

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    Mar 2, 2008, 01.16 PMby emilykate

    Another great vintage pattern! You did a lovely job on this one too! BTW I love your blue walls, it’s such a perfect colour!

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    Mar 2, 2008, 12.57 PMby kasia26

    Very pretty!

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    Mar 2, 2008, 11.02 AMby fashion1

    another great creation, and so stylish! your alterations are looking very very good!

    I love your style :)!

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    Mar 2, 2008, 10.39 AMby opalmn

    That’s really cute.

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