The Garden's End

Added Aug 11, 2010

by melindalouise

Phillip Island, ...

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Description

I bought this gorgeous 50’s-style afternoon tea dress from Harem in Fitzroy recently, and have been on a mission to try and re-create it with my own fabric. I bought the Simplicity 2591 pattern, and with a bit of modifying, made this dress. It was essentially a muslin made from a vintage sheet from the op shop.

I followed the sizing on the pack but the overall dress is way too big, especially the waist.

Material Notes

Recycled cotton

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

Season
Spring, Summer
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Classic, Preppy, Vintage
Material
Cotton

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    Aug 11, 2010, 07.00 PMby camberwellgal

    Yup – I like the fabric too! A nice find for a bedsheet! I also made a dress with this pattern – and like you – found it came up absolutely huge. I don’t know where you had the fit issues, but despite fearing I was going to have to get technical with small bust alterations etc (well beyond my beginner’s skills!), I found that crudely taking in the side seams at least 2.5cm on each side (surprisingly without detriment to the fabulous pockets), worked very well. I’ve now worn the dress quite a lot .

    Now all I need to do is to work out what proper wedding-guest appropriate fabric I want to do the ‘proper’ one in. What are you planning for the post-muslin dress?

    [Still no pics to show you what I mean – think I may have to buy myself a camera tripod if there are ever to be any.]

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      Aug 11, 2010, 09.11 PMby melindalouise

      I agree with the terrible sizing – I used my measurements and according to the pattern I was a size 12 with a size 14 waist which started some alarm bells ringing. I’m going to take the waist in quiet a bit for this dress, and then make a complete size 10 in a different floral fabric. Good luck with your wedding-guest dress!

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    Aug 11, 2010, 02.20 PMby ara43

    I absolutely love the print on that sheet.

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    Aug 11, 2010, 12.05 PMby nookie

    nice sheet!

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    Aug 11, 2010, 11.53 AMby u120418

    I love the fabric!! I hope that you can alter it so it fits, it would be such a waste otherwise!

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    Aug 11, 2010, 07.10 AMby ohdearjessica

    This looks like the perfect summer dress. I love it!

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