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Naughty Secretary

Added Mar 31, 2010

by sunnilj9

Salt Lake City, ...






This is a dress made from Simplicity 2724. I was thinking about Zoe’s post over on the Colette Pattern’s Blog of how to break up a printed fabric with a solid or subtle printed fabric. Then I saw this pattern and knew it would be the perfect dress for this application. The top section is made from Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane printed cotton and the bottom is a wool/poly blended herringbone. This dress has a smashing side zip that is applied with the best lapped handpicked zipper application known to man. There were a few fitting adjustments made to the original pattern to get it to fit like a glove and there were a few things I altered with the pattern itself. I made a lining for the skirt portion which the pattern didn’t call for and I eliminated the facing for the sleeve and gave it a bias binding instead. I’m thrilled with how well it turned out and absolutely love the fact that its so easy to wear to work or a night out. For more on this dress visit my blog.

Material Notes

Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane Cotton, wool/poly blend herringbone, bemberg lining, zipper, thread




Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic, Preppy
Cotton, Blends, Polyester, Wool


Simplicity Sewing Pattern

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    Oct 1, 2015, 06.29 AMby carlsmith

    soo beautiful.

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    Sep 30, 2015, 10.09 AMby mayshawn

    i like this.

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    Sep 29, 2015, 06.58 AMby FrancesAnchondo

    wow nice skirt.

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    Jun 7, 2010, 06.56 PMby clabrazil

    Loved the blue lining. Good job!

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    Apr 20, 2010, 10.14 AMby Ophelia K

    Wow, I am so inspired by your works. This one is great color combination, and yet style is gorgeous too!!

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    Apr 18, 2010, 01.05 PMby kraftykuka

    ooh i just love this! The fit looks perfect, and the fabric is just gorgeous!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 10.59 PMby dilshadburman

    SO GREAT!! Just beautiful!!

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    Apr 7, 2010, 02.24 PMby cheekie

    absolutely gorgeous! beautiful job !!!

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    Apr 3, 2010, 01.42 AMby nessys

    This is just gorgeous!!! Having been a secretary (fond of glamor) in a not so long ago past life – I know this outfit would have rocked the office world! This is beautiful, harmonious contrast. That blue lining on the skirt is “wow”!

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    Apr 2, 2010, 05.51 PMby smallone

    wow! this is lovely…such style!!!

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    Apr 2, 2010, 02.04 AMby gdac

    This is jaw-dropping! I had no idea that it was one piece. It looks great! PS love your face in the second pic!

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    Apr 2, 2010, 01.11 AMby scheryka

    I am loving the unexpected…the blue!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 10.49 PMby eugeniaofthewasps

    beautifully executed!! Gorgeous!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 09.28 PMby alden


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    Apr 1, 2010, 09.11 PMby Ashlee Nemo

    Looks like the cover to a J. Crew catalog!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 08.40 PMby urbanjill

    I never would have thought to put those 2 fabrics together. You are so creative. I might have to copy this too. Luvluvluv it.

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    Apr 1, 2010, 08.32 PMby pixelink

    WHOAHH…. STUNNING!!! Think you just stole the bosses job!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 08.15 PMby pieriangirl

    I thought this was a skirt and blouse at first. I like the idea of combining the two into a dress so you don’t have to worry about the blouse coming untucked! Great fabric choice for the top, it looks really good on you!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 07.47 PMby bttn

    It’s just amazing! I love every detail about it

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    Apr 1, 2010, 06.11 PMby dnembhard

    Great job! A few of my students are making this project (the skirt only). I’ll definitely show them the pictures as inspiration to make the complete dress.

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    Apr 1, 2010, 05.32 PMby rifka

    So stylish! I’ve passed over this pattern a few times and never thought to break it up this way. Thanks for the inspiration, very well done.

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    Apr 1, 2010, 03.08 PMby oonaballoona

    YAY please give this to me! haven’t you always wanted to give a perfectly made garment to a perfect stranger???

    awesome awesome awesome.

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    Apr 1, 2010, 02.37 PMby threadsquare

    “I’m your secretary.” Love it! The print combo, fit, fancy sleeve finish, and that lining peaking out. Off to the blog, where I hope to find out more about this amazing zipper application :) Ima get this pattern, too. What a copycat, hehe!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 02.28 PMby irmchen

    Klasse! :) Your creation is full of contradictions… but nevertheless it is all in harmony. I like it very much!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 01.45 PMby Natalia *

    I love it. It looks amazing. Great job!

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