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The Flower Shop

Added Mar 4, 2014

by Brahdelt

Warsaw, Poland






This time something classic in the 1940’s style which is a buttoned up shirt dress. It’s a 114 dress from Burda 09/2012.

My alterations: I skipped the pockets, added the collar and changed the sleeves – I didn’t have enough fabric for the long ones, I didn’t like the idea of long sleeves for a cotton Spring dress anyway, so I went for a short sleeve instead. I wanted to stress the 1940’s fashion so I made a pleat on the sleeves and it made them boxier. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough fabric for the belt so I’ll be wearing this dress with a leather one.

I had some problems with a standing collar. When I sewn a beautiful collar and tried to attach it to a dress it turned out to be about 3 cm longer than the neckline…. I have no idea what went wrong because I was very carefull while copying the pattern on the paper and then onto a fabric. Luckily, I was able to substract pieces of the standing collar on both ends and didn’t have to cut it and sew it again! v
I also had problems with buttonholes – my machine finally refused to sew the buttonholes (and I generally see some problems with transporting the fabric, I guess it’s time to take my machine for a checkup, but when? I sew all the time…). I finally made the buttonholes using my machine but moving the wheel by hand, and it was a long and painful process.

I’m really happy with the top part of that dress but I’m not so sure about the skirt part… It’s neither full nor pencil skirt, and I don’t like such undecided solutions. I knew it’d be like that looking at the photos in Burda, but I didn’t know how this fashion might fit my figure and I don’t think I like it. I might change the skirt into a pencil one but I’d have to rip some seams and I really hate ripping… We’ll see how this dress behaves while worn.

Material Notes





Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage

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    Mar 6, 2014, 02.15 AMby nadia r

    what a great dress!

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      Mar 6, 2014, 12.25 PMby Brahdelt

      Thank you!

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    Mar 5, 2014, 12.26 PMby Winnie Nkosi

    Lovely dress,nice fabric.

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      Mar 5, 2014, 08.13 PMby Brahdelt

      Thank you!

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    Mar 5, 2014, 12.04 PMby liliv-1

    It’s a lovely dress-don’t change anything, it’s perfect!

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      Mar 5, 2014, 08.14 PMby Brahdelt

      Thank you, I won’t for now, I’ll wait till it’s warm enough to wear and and give it a go a few times.

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    Mar 4, 2014, 08.28 PMby SassyT

    Love this. The fabric is to die for.

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      Mar 5, 2014, 10.44 AMby Brahdelt

      Thank you! Yes, I love it too, I’ve been thinking about buying another version of it with red flowers instead of blue ones.

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