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Time Team dress

Added May 27, 2010

by frankiesoup

Bury St. Edmunds...






This garmet is so-named for two reasons: I made it as I was watching Time Team, and because it’s only fit for burial.

I used a 1967 Butterick pattern (4348) which looked deceptively simple. When I tried on the finished garment, I found that the size was all wrong and that the unusual empire line of the waist made joining the pattern pieces incredibly difficult.

I don’t like the fit of the dress at all, and though the ribbon at the waist goes some way towards compensating for the dress being too big, it doesn’t do enough to make me want to wear this out and about.

On the plus side, I’m taking this as part of a learning curve – it’s my first dress and I’ve learned a lot that I’ll take over to my next project. Another plus point is that the materials hardly cost me anything. This revoltingly kitch green fabric (which I love) was only £1 from a charity shop, whilst the white of the top and the lace sleeves were offcuts from my friend’s wedding dress.

For the forseeable future though, I’ll be sticking to retro patterns which say “easy sew”.

Material Notes

Misti’s wedding dress train – lace and white synthetic
Purple/aubergine ribbon
Funny green cotton stuff




Garment Type
Bohemian, Evening Wear, Vintage

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    May 31, 2010, 08.36 PMby loyl8

    I actually really love this dress. The bottom fabric looks like a Liberty of London print. I love it all. Just don’t discard it. You can maybe figure out a way to adjust it with pleats. Once you have more sewing experience you’ll know how to fix it. Keep the colors though. From what I can tell it looks just like the neckline needs to be a little tweeked to lay better. Did you use velvet or satin ribbon for the neckline? IF you can find petersham grosgrain ribbon or some type of bias tape in that color it will lay nicer. I think Fab job!!!! :)

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      Jun 1, 2010, 07.14 AMby frankiesoup

      Thank you :)

      The neck is satin ribbon, which kept slipping on the synthetic white. In the end I gave up on the machine and hand stitched it, which is where I think the problem lies :P

      I think when I come to play around with the dress to make it fit, I’ll put a proper collar on. There was one included in the pattern so I might give that a try and see if it looks any better. There are also some darts on the back which I might play around with in the hopes of making it fit.

      Thank you again for the encouragement and tips! :D

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      Jun 1, 2010, 09.23 AMby loyl8

      no prob…keep up the good work!!! a cute little peterpan collar would be cute :) Always keep handsewing skills up to par. That’s what couturiers do….all hand sewen.

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    May 28, 2010, 06.22 PMby misssylver

    Nah, that’s you petal. You’ve set them right!

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    May 28, 2010, 11.27 AMby jimsalmon

    I would save this dress, the colors and style are great for you. Too large a size can be adjusted using the pattern adjusting tutorial under the Learning tab. I found it on page 10. Vintage patterns usually require adjusting because you have to buy what is available and it is not usually in your size. Your beautiful dress is there it just needs a little assistance.

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    May 28, 2010, 07.35 AMby gillthecat

    im glad im not the only one who stuffs up alot,, looks kinda nice,, i used to live in aberdeen, im coming over in a few weeks for a holiday/,, keep going i think ill be good in 5 years,,ish

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    May 27, 2010, 07.44 PMby misssylver

    The sleeves look good, I wish I couls get the hang of them the way you have xx

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      May 28, 2010, 07.15 AMby frankiesoup

      Thank you! :) I think it’s the lace making them look good, to be honest. :) It hangs PERFECTLY no matter what I use it for!

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