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Purple rain dress

Added Nov 1, 2013

by NewYorkParis...

New York City, N...






I made this sun dress last year for the holidays as I was going to the south of Spain during the summer. I really liked the bodice of New Look dress pattern #6699 but I wanted to experiment with something new by making a pleated skirt instead of the suggested skirts in the pattern.
What I found out the hard way is that the pleats made the skirt MUCH shorter once it is sewn and assembled with the bodice than anticipated. So it’s lucky that I was mostly going to wear it in Spain where I blended in perfectly. If you haven’t been to Spain, be prepared: most of the girls there wear VERY short and VERY sexy dresses when they go out!
Honestly I have never worn this dress in Paris since… Besides its length I do like its shape, especially the beautifully gathered bodice.
The fabric is a bright purple cotton voile with very thin self-stripes. I lined the entire dress as it is quite see-through.

Material Notes

Cotton voile




Garment Type


New York Paris Needle

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    Nov 1, 2013, 08.29 PMby BiscuitBem

    Beautiful, I love this colour

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    Nov 1, 2013, 05.34 PMby Mary Athey

    This is lovely on you and i love the colour x

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      Nov 4, 2013, 04.31 PMby NewYorkParisNeedle

      Thanks! Yes the color is so bright and cheerful :-)

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    Nov 1, 2013, 04.05 PMby liliv-1

    It’s very flattering and no too short! I love this color!

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    Nov 1, 2013, 11.13 AMby asperge11

    Lovely! i don’t find it to be too short :)

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      Nov 4, 2013, 04.32 PMby NewYorkParisNeedle

      OK I will try it next summer then if you say it’s not too short! (maybe it’s a Paris thing…)

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      Nov 5, 2013, 12.14 PMby asperge11

      Haha i don’t know, i was only in Paris in the winter… Maybe my take is more of a spanish on as i live near the mediteranean :)

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