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Smoking Room Dress

Added Dec 31, 2009

by jam and ivy

St. Paul, Minnes...






This dress started out as a costume for a Film Noir party I was invited to. I got so many complements on it I wear it to work sometimes. I used the pattern V8280 from Vogue. (I am not sure if I am supposed to put projects that are not Burda up….So someone virtually yell at me if I am doing something wrong and I will stop!)

Material Notes

I used a tiny houndstooth pattern suiting material. I am terrible at knowing what I am actually using. It is soft like a flannel but much less heavy.




Garment Type
Classic, Vintage



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    Sep 18, 2011, 06.39 PMby patti-r

    Timeless Classic, Love It!!!

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    Jan 5, 2010, 08.26 PMby littlevigilante

    LOVE the neckline on this and houndstooth is my favorite! This dress looks really great! Great job!

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    Jan 3, 2010, 12.49 PMby jenna428

    Sorry for the repetitive responses…having computer lags!

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      Jan 3, 2010, 11.14 PMby jam and ivy

      Happens to me all the time!

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    Jan 3, 2010, 12.44 PMby jenna428

    Its gorgeous……very Marilyn Monroeish!

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    Jan 2, 2010, 10.37 AMby styles

    Looks very smart. Well done.

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    Jan 1, 2010, 05.14 AMby sew4my3

    I adore your choice of design and fabric. I can see why you get so many compliments, it is just gorgeous!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 08.34 PMby Heather D. Childree

    Love the neckline. It looks very comfy for work (and professional, too). I could teach high school in something like that and still feel fashionable.

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      Dec 31, 2009, 10.58 PMby jam and ivy

      I teach 1st grade and wear it. I think you would be fine. I wear a black turtle neck under it.

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      Jan 3, 2010, 09.05 PMby Heather D. Childree

      Florida doesn’t give us very many turtleneck days. Except for this week! Our highs will be in the mid40s. Very unusual to have 4-5 days of such weather.

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      Jan 3, 2010, 11.13 PMby jam and ivy

      Oh I know! I used to live in Winter Haven. Now I live in the Tundra that is MINNESOTA. YUCK.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 08.29 PMby elaine-bin

    Really like the dress, it looks very nice and stylish.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 05.01 PMby heartspromise

    LOL. This is too cute. Great work!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 04.46 PMby ojglo1

    beautiful dress! i love it!!! wow! its gonna really be great on african clothes (which i specialize in)

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      Dec 31, 2009, 04.56 PMby jam and ivy

      I bet! I think that dress would be great made with a Batik of some sort. it would make it very summery and cool for really hot days! Now you got me thinking….

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.56 PMby cquinn13

    It’s gorgeous! Good job. I suck at knowing what kind of fabric I’m using too, since most of it comes from a bargain bin, and the rest I forget to pay attention. Oops.

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      Dec 31, 2009, 04.56 PMby jam and ivy

      I shop at Walmart all the time.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.45 PMby scheryka

    Oh, your dress is well done. I like the neck line and want to make me a top with that type.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 03.08 PMby thejam

    cute dress

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.36 PMby jam and ivy

    Thank you so much for the info and the complement. This is just the outlet I needed. None of my friends sew, nor do any of my family. Everyone likes what I do but I just don’t get constructive criticism, or inspiration from them. This is such a great networking tool that leaves me wanting to run downstairs and sew up something! So I will keep uploading many many things to come! Happy New year all!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 02.36 PMby sewenggirl88

    looks very well made!

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