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After Dinner Mint

Added Jul 10, 2012

by heatherlou

Montreal, Canada






This dress was the result of me wanting to play with a striped fabric. I love the chevron trend and searched for a pattern that would allow me to create one on the bust. This Butterick reproduction pattern (#5605) has a great back cutout and button detail that I fell in love with. I shortened the sleeves, made it a mini and added a matching exposed zipper with the hope of modernizing the New Look shape.

I have a lot more details on my blog about how I made this dress. It’s my new favourite!


Material Notes

cotton stripe, white batiste lining, exposed zipper, plastic button




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Classic, Preppy, Romantic, Vintage

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    Oct 7, 2012, 05.50 AMby Super Jeanette

    This is a “just-perfect-dress”.

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    Sep 13, 2012, 09.43 PMby jumena

    What else can I say – it is just splendid!

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    Jul 22, 2012, 01.41 PMby laurii

    this looks perfect! x

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    Jul 13, 2012, 02.26 PMby step-van-b

    A real WOW dress. Goes straight to my favorites :)

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    Jul 13, 2012, 11.03 AMby reynalay

    I love this dress! Will have to make it also! LOVE! New follower of your blog now:)


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    Jul 13, 2012, 08.33 AMby EdieWalicki

    Beautiful Dress! I love your application of the stripes. It created a most flattering silhouette.

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    Jul 13, 2012, 04.35 AMby hankorange

    Great job! Love the stripes and the way you used them together. :)

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    Jul 12, 2012, 09.57 PMby tmcguire

    That is ADORABLE!!! Great job!

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    Jul 12, 2012, 09.53 PMby hellagabrielle

    Girl, that dress is amazing. Also, I love your blog. I’m surprised I haven’t stumbled across it before.

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      Jul 13, 2012, 04.12 AMby heatherlou

      Oh thank you!! Yours too! The nice thing about Burda is that we can just trip all over each other (with pleasure).

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    Jul 12, 2012, 01.24 PMby Swirlz1

    Great job…You did an awesome job!!!

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    Jul 12, 2012, 10.41 AMby Martch

    Amazing! I love how you modernized the pattern and matched up the stripes!

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    Jul 11, 2012, 11.58 PMby Haley Jarret

    I completely love this! Great job!

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    Jul 11, 2012, 07.57 PMby wildcatspow

    Congrats on being featured! This dress is the coolest!

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    Jul 11, 2012, 07.09 PMby AnneOlgaard

    Fantastic dress – so perfected and so perfect on you!

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    Jul 11, 2012, 06.32 PMby Olufodun ThemmyThorpe

    Nice work and great work there……WOW

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    Jul 11, 2012, 03.21 PMby sewknitting

    Pretty dress, looks well made. Especially getting all the stripes to match up!

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    Jul 11, 2012, 01.16 PMby SassyT

    Well you already know I think it’s da bomb . . .

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    Jul 11, 2012, 12.48 PMby scuffsan

    All I can say is: WOW! :)

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    Jul 11, 2012, 11.00 AMby jadealamode

    fabulous dress!!

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    Jul 11, 2012, 01.44 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    p.s. just bought that pattern online teehe

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      Jul 11, 2012, 02.50 AMby heatherlou

      AMAZING! If you’ve never sewn gussets before check some of the links on my blog about them. They are tricky beasts but I linked to a video that shows you exactly how to put them in.

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      Jul 11, 2012, 04.16 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

      cheers :) will do

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    Jul 11, 2012, 01.40 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    great colour and effect

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    Jul 11, 2012, 12.57 AMby coruscater

    That looks amazing! And the construction is so neat and tidy – well done.

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    Jul 11, 2012, 12.09 AMby infinite-plus-one

    this looks incredible! I really like this

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    Jul 10, 2012, 08.39 PMby laracrj

    Amazing – love the stripe work!

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    Jul 10, 2012, 08.09 PMby Amelia Midgley

    So cute!

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    Jul 10, 2012, 07.49 PMby nookie

    great dress. you have definitely given this pattern a modern twist.

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    Jul 10, 2012, 07.31 PMby Mauude

    Loveee the dress !! Really cute :)

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    Jul 10, 2012, 07.21 PMby G-A-

    Just gorgeous! I love the stripes placement.

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    Jul 10, 2012, 05.59 PMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress and its so lovely on you xx

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