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Added Feb 29, 2008

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






This dress was made from a vintage pattern (McCalls 3803) that I found at a thrift store for 25¢. I really love the utilitarian style, so I decided to make it up in a lightweight, striped denim that I bought (and had earmarked for another project, but that’s okay! lol). I changed the collar by following Jenny’s tutorial for making a Peter Pan collar pattern (, as I wanted something more “storybookish” than ‘70s. I also redid the pockets (the final pockets were my third “draft”! lol), since I didn’t like the shape and placement of the originals. I really like how it turned out! Definitely a multi-season garment that I can wear through the spring!

Material Notes

lightweight, striped denim





vintage mccalls 3808

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    Jul 21, 2008, 10.29 AMby carottesauvage

    I really love it!

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    May 18, 2008, 07.25 AMby stephaniemorgan

    wow, what a beautiful garment!

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    May 5, 2008, 06.09 PMby littleladyluxe

    I have this pattern! My mum made it for herself years ago. You’ve inspired me :) Gorgeous creation!

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    Mar 5, 2008, 02.46 AMby emptyorchestra

    your stuff is really good. slightly in awe.

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    Mar 4, 2008, 02.56 PMby keelysews

    This is a great creation!! I love the oversized pockets and the collar, I too will be hunting down this pattern:)

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    Mar 4, 2008, 02.00 AMby lauriana

    Wow! I love everything about it! I want to make one too…

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    Mar 3, 2008, 02.08 AMby lybu

    Another great dress and perfect look. I love it.

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    Mar 2, 2008, 05.56 AMby petchy

    That is so cool!! you did a great job!! i have to see if i have a similar pattern, i collect vintage patterns so i might have one :)

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    Mar 2, 2008, 01.23 AMby emilykate

    This is so great! The peter-pan collar is perfect. You make me wanna go try and find this vintage pattern now!

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    Mar 1, 2008, 07.01 PMby wendyxo

    This is fabulous. Very inspiring.

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    Mar 1, 2008, 04.54 PMby ilovesondrelerche

    I love the coat! It’s great!

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    Mar 1, 2008, 02.14 PMby picky

    That´s a great coat! And I also like how you have arranged your jewellery. Is it a picture frame? Very nice!

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    Mar 1, 2008, 03.34 AMby fashion1

    yeah, really stylish! looks great on you!

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    Mar 1, 2008, 12.16 AMby justelaite

    very stylish:)

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    Feb 29, 2008, 07.58 PMby nikkishell

    So inspiring! And i love Wiksten Made too.

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    Feb 29, 2008, 07.21 PMby sweetpadee

    This is sooo cute! And it’s kind of funny, when I saw the first picture I thought to myself, “This looks like something from Wiksten Made.” It’s very chic and adorable!

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    Feb 29, 2008, 06.22 PMby oonaballoona

    wow, awesome— i gotta find this pattern.

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    Feb 29, 2008, 12.04 PMby queenb

    Stunning! And I just love the color on your walls too :)

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    Feb 29, 2008, 12.00 PMby jj1

    I like shirtdress too, your creation came out great.

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    Feb 29, 2008, 11.47 AMby franfaircloth

    I love this dress too!!! Please post more creations. They are are so inspiring. I really want to hunt down that pattern now.

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    Feb 29, 2008, 11.37 AMby britnlind

    Adorable. Vintage patterns are so much fun to play with.

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    Feb 29, 2008, 11.28 AMby sewlikecarolyn

    very chic and versatile. great job, I love vintage patterns!

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    Feb 29, 2008, 11.25 AMby katiec

    so cute! i really like your collar change, suits it perfectly!

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    Feb 29, 2008, 11.18 AMby peaudane

    I love it! I think Burdastyle should make a pattern like that. So versatile!

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