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Autumn dress (BERNINA 3 Series)

Added Nov 4, 2010

by verypurplepe...

Tokyo, Japan






My entry for “BERNINA Party Through the Decades” competition.

The pattern is from the book ‘Pattern Drafting vol. II’, published by Kamakura-Shobo Publishing in 1970. The drafting techniques used in the book is from Japan, but the book is in English.

I used a pattern for simple A-line dress with diagonal stripes and decorative button details on one shoulder. The wool fabric has black thin fabric as a base with rows of white wool dots on it. It was so beautiful that I was always afraid to cut it!

I was starting to draft my pattern when I noticed something. All the drafting samples in the book used the same set of body measurements, scaled to 1/10 of the original size. Incidentally, they were my body measurements! What does it mean? It means that I can scan the pattern and enlarge them by 1000%, print them out, and I have pattern in my size! So I cheated and did just that. All I needed to do after that was adding the seam allowance. Hurrah!

also blogged here

Material Notes

wool, lining fabric, invisible zipper, buttons




Garment Type

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    Oct 24, 2011, 07.31 AMby Simona Lazarovici

    Wow, very nice. I love how simple the cut is, but the fabric really makes it very interesting. Where could I get the pattern? I’d love to make this dress, too!

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      Oct 24, 2011, 07.35 AMby verypurpleperson

      Thank you! The pattern is from a vintage Pattern Drafting Book mentioned above. The book is kinda hard to find, but maybe you can try looking in ebay :)

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    Oct 23, 2011, 02.00 AMby neenkster

    absolutely loving this! wish i had the pattern!

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    Aug 3, 2011, 12.37 AMby cyndi-de-crafti

    I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress. I would love to make one and wear it proudly! ;)

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    Nov 30, 2010, 03.06 PMby crocka

    This is a fantastic dress, I would love to rock this!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 10.36 AMby anajan

    So cute and suits you so well.

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    Nov 18, 2010, 09.28 PMby tinybows

    love the simplicity of this, its absolutely adorable.

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    Nov 15, 2010, 09.03 PMby hyunjoo

    Lovely! I would buy it! :)

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    Nov 15, 2010, 03.21 AMby nishavinod2009

    very nice!

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    Nov 9, 2010, 07.05 PMby lillasyrran


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    Nov 6, 2010, 02.55 AMby shellidawn

    I want this.

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    Nov 5, 2010, 09.47 PMby BeYou TiFul

    Fabulous, I love this!

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    Nov 5, 2010, 08.14 AMby tamaracaracol


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    Nov 4, 2010, 07.54 PMby charlotteauzou

    You are so pretty !

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    Nov 4, 2010, 07.54 PMby charlotteauzou

    You are so pretty !

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    Nov 4, 2010, 07.02 PMby Najdiz Gore

    Wauw, I really love the cut and the print

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    Nov 4, 2010, 05.03 PMby sallyy

    stunning dress i love it

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    Nov 4, 2010, 01.28 PMby bmapso

    love it!

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    Nov 4, 2010, 11.42 AMby liaspace

    so so so so pretty!!!

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    Nov 4, 2010, 07.53 AMby janene

    This dress is so stylish and looks fabulous on you. So simple and I love the ‘diaganol meeting’ of the lines! Great photos as always :-)

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    Nov 4, 2010, 07.52 AMby magdamagda

    hehe very smart trick with the pattern! and a lovely charming dress:)

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    Nov 4, 2010, 07.16 AMby zaarissima

    I would like to make it! I like it very much!!!!

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    Nov 4, 2010, 07.14 AMby Zane Tanqueco

    simple yet elegant.

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    Nov 4, 2010, 07.14 AMby apfelbluete

    Wow! I love it! I’m excited! The spirit of the time over jumps. Your dress is an absolute eye-catcher!

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    Nov 4, 2010, 06.24 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    this is a very lovely and elegant dress, living of its pure and plain line and the lovely material! great job!

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      Nov 4, 2010, 07.05 AMby verypurpleperson

      Thank you Ralf!
      Glad that the dress turned out okay, the fabric was a bit difficult to work with :)

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