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Pumpkin Spice

Added Mar 3, 2013

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






Vogue 8433: One Piece Dress with collar options and choice of short cuffed sleeve or three quarter sleeve, copyright 1954

I really love this pattern. I used it to make my I Love Lucy costume a few years ago, but felt like I needed another version for everyday wear. That, and I had not played with the darted skirt pieces for my original make and was curious to see how I would like the feature.

I did make a few significant changes. I knew that I wanted a long-sleeve for my silk dupioni version, so I combined the sleeve head of the existing pattern with the bottom of a reproduction.

Turns out, I did not have enough of my pumpkin silk for the over-sized collar and long sleeve version I dreamed up in my head, so I had to find a suitable contrast.

Once I found my brown silk, I had to decide where to put the contrasting accents. The collar was obvious, because I simply could not fit those pattern pieces on the scraps I had leftover. But I thought it needed more brown, so I added a covered ring backing to my bodice buttons, and brown loops to the cuff. The belt was the final finishing touch.

I believe I am more pleased with this two-tone design than I would have been with a solid orange frock. Sometimes things work out for the best!

More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

Material Notes

Silk Dupioni




Garment Type

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    Mar 8, 2013, 04.33 PMby Eliza Barger

    This is beautiful, you’ve done a fantastic job!

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    Mar 5, 2013, 03.29 AMby Chuleenan Svetvilas

    Whoa – impressive job! Love Vogue Vintage patterns.

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    Mar 5, 2013, 01.07 AMby EmmaDarwin

    WOW! That is an awesome job. good on you. It would have been really rewarding putting in on I bet!

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    Mar 4, 2013, 04.11 PMby bjr99

    Fabulous dress. I love the color!

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    Mar 4, 2013, 02.33 PMby mokosha

    lovely dress.. and that orange color is just amazing

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    Mar 4, 2013, 06.48 AMby flowergirl22

    its really lovely,,, is that the colour you originally thought of , or just by chance came a cross it..

    i can see it it a nice christmas red,, with a fury hat and a muff in winter..
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    Mar 3, 2013, 10.30 PMby Mary Athey

    This is stunning on you. everything about it and i think you did an amazing job on the dress x

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