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Dummies & Elephants Blouse

Added May 14, 2014

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






one of my previous co-workers brought me this fabric as a souvenir from California some years ago. the design is by Fabrice de Villeneuve for Robert Kaufman, called “Dress Up”. it has little images of dummies (or mannequins) with all kinds of different dresses, and my ex co-worker said that she immediately thought of me when she saw this fabric. that was so sweet of her!

for years i’ve been saving it for something special, and now finally i found just the perfect pattern for it. it’s one of BurdaStyle’s retro collection, pattern no. 7255. the size starts at 38, so i downsized it as i usually use size 36 for all my previous BurdaStyle patterns… and let me save you from all the trouble of doing it by yourself, because it turns out that the result was a bit too tight. i guess the pattern also has vintage sizes or something, and 38 then is the equivalent of 36 now. d’oh!

but anyway, it ‘s still wearable (it wouldn’t be me if i just declare it a failure!). all i needed to do was put more buttons than the original version, because otherwise i would be stripping even with the slightest movements. :p

the special detail about this pattern is the back side, where there’s a small …er… flap (?) in the middle. this is perfect for me, because the fabric i got was actually not big enough for me to make this shirt… so using the old trick, i combined it with another fabric, just for that flap thing in the middle of the back side. that’s where the elephants came in. :)

the elephant fabric is an Indonesian batik fabric, and i think the colours are just perfect to be combined with the Robert Kaufman fabric, don’t you? and since i already put the elephants there, i thought, what’s the harm in putting them also on the bow tie?

Material Notes

about 1,5 m of cotton fabric in total (1,10 m wide),
7 buttons,
safety pin (for the bow tie).




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Mod, Preppy, Vintage



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    May 15, 2014, 10.34 AMby liliv-1

    It’s super awesome, very inspiring and unique!! The pattern is just wonderfull and I looove both fabrics.

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      May 15, 2014, 08.25 PMby saxsilverain

      thanks so much, liliv! i love the pattern too, as it is simple but with just enough amount of “hidden” detail that it becomes special. :)

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    May 14, 2014, 10.11 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    What a great inspiration!! I like it a lot ♥!!

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      May 15, 2014, 08.23 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you, Ellen dear! so glad you like it :) :)

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    May 14, 2014, 08.54 PMby maggieg5

    Just love the blouse, the mix of fabrics are wonderful, looks fantastic :0)

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      May 15, 2014, 08.19 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you! it was fun to make too, i’ll probably make more (but gonna use size 38 next time, LOL).

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