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A Dress to Drink Tea in...

Added Apr 22, 2010

by mollykatherine

Sydney, Australia






This was the first dress I’ve made unassisted! Having just returned to sewing for the first time since high school I started with this retro mcalls pattern and am super happy with the way it turned out – keeping in mind I ended up making and un-picking the entire thing 3 times over!
I used a beautiful quilting fabric which admittedly, may be a little heavy but i fell I love with the pattern and colour so I used it regardless.
This is the perfect girly tea dress and i just adore the shape and the full full skirt- I already have plans to make it again in red!

Material Notes

100% quilting cotton




Garment Type

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    Aug 31, 2010, 08.50 AMby janetheclerk

    fabulous! i know just the fabric for this dress . . .

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    Apr 27, 2010, 02.29 AMby mollykatherine

    Hi Guys, thanks so much for all the compliments – they gave me goose bumps! After a little digging through the pattern box it found it! Its actually a Retro Butterwick #B4792. Its out of print but can be found on the Butterwick website with a limited few still for sale. Tip – just check on ebay (where I got it) there’s quite a few making the rounds ;) x x M

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    Apr 25, 2010, 05.31 PMby frkbustad

    This is oh so nice for upcoming summer days! Makes me want to run through misty grass… The neckline is beautiful!

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    Apr 24, 2010, 07.14 PMby seussian

    Pretty!! Please post the other (red) dress when you make it =) God bless

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    Apr 24, 2010, 07.16 AMby galatina

    Wow – this is gorgeous. Haven’t been on the site for ages and this really stands out. Totally with the others – any chance of finding out what pattern you used as I’m fascinated by the halter in front/slope in back contrast.

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    Apr 23, 2010, 09.09 PMby d3liriums4m4

    This is adorable! You did a fantastic job.

    I’m with everybody else, though: what’s the pattern?

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    Apr 23, 2010, 08.59 PMby abarefoot

    awww…super cute

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    Apr 23, 2010, 06.51 PMby gray

    It looks really great..

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    Apr 23, 2010, 12.39 PMby mini27

    Wow! I love the neckline :-)

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    Apr 23, 2010, 04.43 AMby sewgurlwmu

    LOVELOVELOVE! Do you have any information about the pattern? Fabulous!

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    Apr 22, 2010, 07.26 PMby corra

    this is really gorgeous, and the silhouette with the belt is perfect, what pattern number is it?

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    Apr 22, 2010, 12.31 PMby skwarynia

    I can see that you’ve made many beautiful dresses:) I like the style-very feminine and elegant:) Congrats:)

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    Apr 22, 2010, 10.08 AMby robygiup

    I love it!!!

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    Apr 22, 2010, 07.46 AMby roarah

    So pretty! I love the way the halter neck at the front blends into the back. If you saw the two photos individually you’d be forgiven for thinking they were different dresses.

    Also, I’m going to chime in with lefeverna – any chance you could tell us what pattern you used?

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    Apr 22, 2010, 06.29 AMby eatthatmonkey

    reminds me something of alice in worderland, scarlett and ozz!

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    Apr 22, 2010, 05.19 AMby nadia42

    very elegant. i love the back!! all your dresses are soo lovely.

    (sorry for the triple post before ><)

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    Apr 22, 2010, 03.07 AMby micbrown

    Beautiful- I love the design, the fit and the material. I think that many of the intersting fabrics are quilting material. This dress would look fantastic in red. Well done – I like your other dresses too.

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    Apr 22, 2010, 03.07 AMby dilshadburman

    OH SO PRETTY!!!!!

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    Apr 22, 2010, 02.21 AMby lefeverna

    its so amazing btw

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    Apr 22, 2010, 02.20 AMby lefeverna

    do you have a pattern?

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