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Green Silk Play Dress

Added Jan 10, 2010

by sunnilj9

Cedar City, Utah...






Just finished up with this dress, which has been the hardest thing I have ever made. Ironically enough, it is labeled a “Very Easy Vogue” pattern and would have been had I followed all the directions without going off on my own and using fabric and materials that weren’t even on the instructions. This dress is made of 3 layers of green china silk which I bought and cut out long ago but was never motivated to actually finish. I had serious trouble with the zipper, not to mention its white because I couldn’t find a perfect coordinating color. I thought it would be easy to do the zipper in white and then paint the zipper pull. Then the zipper showed through at the band and so a tab was created to mask this. I added pockets, which I’m not really sure that I love, but what is done is done, and also included a bias ruffle on the bottom. I’ve completed the look with a handmade brooch.

Material Notes

3 shades of green china silk; thread; zipper




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Evening Wear


Very Easy Vogue 8380

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    Nov 11, 2010, 05.07 PMby Natasha Venzke

    I’m in love with this dress. Everything about it is beautiful

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    Apr 8, 2010, 07.17 PMby madebymalwina

    Wow, this is gorgeous! I love your choice of colours, the green seems very bright and yet cozy, and together with the little flowers… Beautiful.

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    Mar 5, 2010, 06.14 PMby tallykay

    Wow! You did a great job on this dress! I love that coloe green. This dress really showcases the talet that you have. The pictures are very nice too! *(5 stars)

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    Jan 22, 2010, 11.22 PMby gdac

    Fantastic!!! Its an adorable dress – love the colour, it pops!!!

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    Jan 17, 2010, 09.21 AMby annelaporte

    Love the easy going style. looks like it will be great for casual summer days add a sweater and wear it spring and fall too! But really what is with Vogue? Very easy my left foot! Ain’t nothing easy about vogue! they write thier directions like they are writen in another language and translated by someone who doesnt speak/or write english well. No offense to anyone who speak another language just those vogue ninny’s! :) But love the dress! the directions on the zipper packs are easier to follow.

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    Jan 14, 2010, 03.25 AMby susanwrigley

    This is so pretty, the color is perfect with your hair and skintone.
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    Jan 12, 2010, 04.44 PMby mendel2803

    very cute, love the pockets and the colour!

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    Jan 12, 2010, 04.31 PMby sunnilj9

    Thank you so much for your comments everyone! I am so glad the pockets are so well liked. They do put a little fun into it and give the dress a very playful flair. Thank you, thank you!

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    Jan 12, 2010, 12.11 PMby bellamabella

    <3<3<3<3 i just love it!!!!!

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    Jan 12, 2010, 11.56 AMby laken

    Fantastic creation – ABSOLUTELY LOVE the pockets too! … my most loved and functional feature of dresses!!!

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    Jan 12, 2010, 06.13 AMby josephina

    I made the alternative version of this dress a couple of years ago and had problems with the zip also! I recently got the pattern out and was thinking of making it again but have been hesitant because it certainly is not ‘very easy’. I love the version you’ve made and the ruffle and pockets look fantastic. Nice work!

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    Jan 12, 2010, 05.05 AMby ninaribena

    Wow, Lovely. This is gorgeous, an insta favourite! I love the colour, the fabric, the design, the brooch, the pockets and the model! Gorgeous.

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    Jan 12, 2010, 04.02 AMby calicocouture

    So cute!!! I love the color, the flowers, the pockets, and that ruffle at the hem…adorable!

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    Jan 12, 2010, 02.09 AMby freakusbzzz

    PRETTY PRETTY PRETTY! How did you do the flowers?

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      Jan 12, 2010, 04.26 PMby sunnilj9

      Thank you! I’m actually going to post a tutorial on how to do the corsage later this week. I’ll keep you posted!

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    Jan 12, 2010, 01.22 AMby loyl8

    I think it turned out absolutely fab!! The green looks great on you and so does the dress. A++! ;)

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    Jan 11, 2010, 10.37 PMby kiraph

    I love the pockets that you added to this dress! Great job, fantastic colour!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 08.37 PMby frkbustad

    Despite all the hassle you seem to have had with this dress, I think it turned out gorgeous! I love the pockets, which gives the dress a more fun and girlish look. I hope you become truly friends with this!!!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 06.47 PMby maria-jose-bon

    It looks absolutely stunning! I love the pockets, the ruffle at the bottom and the brooch… you’ve made a wonderful job!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 06.44 PMby tothtimea

    ohh.. soo cute! i love the whole dress,every small part is perfect!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 06.25 PMby almresl

    i love the color and the applications. such a great idea! well done.

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    Jan 11, 2010, 06.07 PMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    GET OUT OF TOWN WITH THAT BEAUTIFUL CREATION!!!! i have to hand it to you, you really know how to pick colors that pop with that beautiful red hair of yours. and i can just imagine how dreamy that silk must feel….YUMMMMMMM!!!!! ditto sewella, i don’t see a thing wrong with it. at first i wasn’t loving the brooch, but only because in the initial picture it looked like it was crocheted and didn’t seem to fit the silkiness of the dress, but as i looked through the other pics, i could see that it’s from fabric. the pockets are refreshingly unexpected too!! if i would have seen this pattern, i would have never considered it. it’s always difficult to visualize a pattern’s potential. you really saw the potential here AND RAN WITH IT!!!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 04.47 PMby jkinsey

    This looks like such a fun dress to wear! I’m absolutely in love with the color and the waistband flowers.

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    Jan 11, 2010, 04.32 PMby juebejue

    LOVE IT! great color and workwomanship!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 03.41 PMby nenasew

    Its gorgeous. What beautiful fabric. It just radiates.

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    Jan 11, 2010, 02.55 PMby fabricaddict

    It’s really beautiful – stunning fabric and looks so good with the pockets and brooch! well worth all the effort!!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 02.49 PMby stefilu

    nice color, it suits you well!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 01.55 PMby melonhead

    I am in love with this!! I love the color! Tt looks good with your hair color too. : )

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    Jan 11, 2010, 01.45 PMby girlywhirly

    oh my god i love this! such a great colour, well done!

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    Jan 11, 2010, 01.45 PMby sewella

    I absolutely LOVE this! I love pockets and brooches and the whole look! I cannot detect anything of what you complain about and I think that you’ve done an excellent job! I am thus giving my highest rating! (I secretly wish I had this dress for myself!!)

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