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Afternoon Tea top - 50s dress

Added Nov 3, 2009

by lizrincon

San Jose, Costa ...






Used the afternoon tea top and modified it to make a 50s circle skirt and bodice combo.

I cut the pieces and then sewed the bodice by hand, because I was, ironically, working on a deadline, and for the last week you would see me sewing like a crazy woman on the bus, on my breaks, etc. But I found that I liked the dress so much more because of the hand sewing. I joined the circle skirt to the bodice using my sewing machine, and used a rolling hem foot to do the circle skirt hem. On the side, I improvised a petticoat to add volume to the skirt.

Material Notes

regular cotton fabric




Garment Type

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    Jun 17, 2011, 06.19 PMby kaitiek

    how did you adjust the pattern?

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    Feb 16, 2011, 12.45 AMby Maira Rocha

    just perfect!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 12.45 AMby Maira Rocha

    just perfect!

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    Mar 19, 2010, 06.41 PMby helenadoll

    It’s lovely and it looks so good on you :)

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    Nov 14, 2009, 12.26 PMby lizrincon

    Thank you all. I had a great time making it.

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    Nov 4, 2009, 05.45 PMby bellamabella


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    Nov 4, 2009, 11.46 AMby ichigogirl

    Niiice, it looks just right! And I really like twist with the purple petticoat in combination with the dots :-)!

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    Nov 4, 2009, 03.18 AMby lizrincon

    By all means, it was a very easy sew, specially if you have experience with dresses (I didn’t!) . The only thing that I would modify when I sew it again is to really measure my real waist, because I measured at hips, and then I had to gather the circle skirt into the bodice at waist level. Go for it!

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    Nov 3, 2009, 11.39 PMby coachgrazina

    this is the cutest and most feminine looking dress I’ve seen in a long time :o) and I can undestand your passion for hand sewing; I have a piece of beautiful silk and I want to make a blouse, totally hand sewn using Gutermann silk thread – old fashined luxury, isn’t it?

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    Nov 3, 2009, 11.00 PMby dingogroupie

    Beautiful! I’ve been wanting to make this pattern into a dress in just the same way but I was waiting for someone else to prove it worked! So thank you ;)

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