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Added Jun 14, 2013

by cris orange

Vienna, Austria






I still had so much of that yellow flamenco fabric with white polka dots and I wanted “get rid” of it: a petticoat style dress seemed appropriate for me because it needs 4-6m of fabric! I decided for the „Vogue Pattern V2903“:http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v2903-products-4894.php?page_id=850 – this is an original pattern from 1957. I liked this pattern because it hasn´t a waist seam, and I wanted to know how to construct this kind of dresses.

The whole dress has a fusible interface, a strong one, to make the dress stiff.

Sewing on this dress didn´t make much problems, fitting was ok from the beginning, I just had to adjust a little bit but not so much as earlier… slowly I develop a feeling for the Vogue sizes…

I fully lined the dress with a wonderful cotton batist, on which edge I stiched a ruffle tape (also from my flamenco pool), from which I have some kilometers :-) On the inside of the dress hem I stiched a lovely lace… and I also made a hair ribbon from the dress fabric.

The dress has an interesting construction, the sleeves are stitched at the yoke, which is connected to the facing of the neckline.

The zipper stops underneath the back neckline, this makes it difficult to put on or out the dress. Anyway, I made the zipper ca. 10cm longer, now is a little bit easier.
But I hardly can raise my arms up to the horizontal…

As a compensation to this constraint of my free moving space, I unconditionally wanted to have pockets in my dress! I feel, this makes the dress more modern and… how cool is this!!! Especially because in the 50-60s it was absolutely frwned upon for a lady to put their hands in the pockets 

Initially I also wanted to make a petticoat for this dress, but now, after 2 weeks of work, I just want to begin another project… but some day I surely make this petticoat!

For the photoshooting I tried to dress my hair in Betty Draper style – well, I am a HUUUUGE FAN of MAD MAN! Sadly I am extremely untalented in dressing my hair, so this is the best result I could achieve after 2 hours of teasing…

At the end… I didn´t reach my goal: I still have 5m of this fabric!

Material Notes

Cotton Blend




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage


Vogue V2903

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    May 11, 2018, 02.54 PMby Sidera

    It’s fantastic, I love it! Perfect colour as well :))

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    Jul 29, 2013, 06.57 PMby trploceanmoon

    LOVE THIS! everything about it! The color is amazing! I actually have this pattern, but have not worked with it yet. I love the vintage patterns. Great job!

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      Jul 29, 2013, 08.34 PMby cris orange

      thank you so much Amy, I feel honored! you should try this pattern, is really nice – and maybe you find a better solution for those uncomfortable sleeves :)

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    Jul 16, 2013, 03.16 PMby papermothballvintage

    Love it! Fits you so perfectly!

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    Jun 19, 2013, 02.47 AMby sewingentusiast

    Hey, Chris Orange! Amazing result! Dress really looks gorgeous on you. Excellent ideas with pockets, lining and interfacing… you really have excellent sense of style. SMcB

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      Jun 19, 2013, 11.49 AMby cris orange

      thank you so much sewingentusiast! I had doubts about the interfacing, but at the end I think it was a good idea, because there is no necessarily need for a petticoat. And yes, I loooove the pockets :) cris

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    Jun 19, 2013, 02.46 AMby sewingentusiast

    Hey, Chris Orange! Amazing result! Dress really looks gorgeous on you. Excellent ideas with pockets, lining and interfacing… you really have excellent sense of style. SMcB

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    Jun 18, 2013, 05.29 PMby flowergirl22

    wow, amazing colour,, der schnitt is so super,, I have the same one,, but not attempted it yet.

    vielleicht in hell blau, oder braun,,

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      Jun 18, 2013, 05.34 PMby cris orange

      thank you flowergirl! I love the pattern too, the only things I would change (if I knew how) there would be: the zipper until backline and more room for the sleeves. hell blau wäre sicher schön, braun… weiß ich nicht

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    Jun 16, 2013, 03.14 PMby dana-88

    what a vantage dress<<<< looooove it

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      Jun 16, 2013, 03.45 PMby cris orange

      Thank you, I’m happy you like it!

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    Jun 15, 2013, 05.35 PMby bjr99

    Everything about this outfit works! Maybe you could make a solid yellow coat and line it with this fabric. Just love the color.

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      Jun 15, 2013, 05.42 PMby cris orange

      thank you! that`s a great idea, using this fabric as lining, i love it! indeed I would make a double face coat, cause I like the fabric so much that it would a pitty to be just lining… great, I´ll do this!

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    Jun 15, 2013, 07.11 AMby noaslibellule

    This is an awesome dress! And I love the styling of it! You even have shoes matching the dress!

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      Jun 15, 2013, 09.25 AMby cris orange

      thank you so much! well, I generally love shoes, but especially that yellow ones are my favourites :-)

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    Jun 14, 2013, 10.21 PMby rita61

    How nice! Lovely styling, (including the nails)!

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      Jun 15, 2013, 09.24 AMby cris orange

      oh, the nails are just coincidence, I made them 3 weeks ago… but yellow is anyway my favourite colours, I wear it rather often…

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    Jun 14, 2013, 08.41 PMby freakusbzzz

    Really fabulous, yellow looks amazing you.

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      Jun 15, 2013, 09.23 AMby cris orange

      thank you, indeed I love yellow!

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    Jun 14, 2013, 07.27 PMby camis

    Beautiful dress. You definitively got the 60s look right.

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      Jun 15, 2013, 09.22 AMby cris orange

      thank you, I´m happy to read this :-)

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    Jun 14, 2013, 07.08 PMby omgdora

    I always love a yellow summer dress but this one is particularly fab! Chapeau!

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      Jun 15, 2013, 09.21 AMby cris orange

      Thank you for your kindness! well, yellow is my absolutely favourite colour :-)

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    Jun 14, 2013, 06.15 PMby martinK

    this syle is just amazing!! make a fitting coat from the 5m of fabric you have left.

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      Jun 15, 2013, 09.20 AMby cris orange

      thank you martin, this is a good idea! I want to make a coat, pants, blazer, shorts… because the fabric is 1,80m wide, so I can make a whole wardrobe of it!

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    Jun 14, 2013, 05.14 PMby BeeZee

    After watching an old episode of Mad Men I stopped by Burda to see the new projects. How appropriate to find your “Betty Draper Calling” dress amongst the latest! It’s fantastic and you wear it well. I think your hair looks great too!

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      Jun 15, 2013, 09.18 AMby cris orange

      Thank you BeeZee! oh, my hair, it´s a drama, it takes me so much time making my hair… I like this 60ies style, but I can´t do it every day… I don´t understand how did it the ladies that time!

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    Jun 14, 2013, 04.40 PMby kisses

    Beautiful..nice fabric

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    Jun 14, 2013, 04.34 PMby cathysews

    Fantastic fabric and dress

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      Jun 15, 2013, 09.15 AMby cris orange

      Thank you so much!

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      Jun 15, 2013, 09.15 AMby cris orange

      Thank you liliv!

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    Jun 14, 2013, 03.49 PMby Mary Athey

    wow wow wow!!! cris you look amazing. the dress is fabulous and the photos are wonderful. i would love to be able to wear something like this but it would look awful on me. On you now its just divine and i think your styling of it is pure magic .love your shoes as well x

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      Jun 15, 2013, 09.14 AMby cris orange

      thank you mary, you are so kind! I love this 60ies style :) yesterday evening we went to an event and I got so many compliments for the dress :))) and a friend whispered to me: “you are gathering a lot of gazes… all men are turning around after you” Hi hi…ladies, I think we love hearing this, sometimes :)))

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      Jun 15, 2013, 10.09 AMby Mary Athey

      its great to get compliments, i think it makes a night out more special especially in a homemade outfit. i love getting compliments from women as we are more critical of one another and therefor i take it as a huge compliment ven more if its someone i don’t know. men compliment as well but they look at the figure i think and then the dress lol. you looked stunning in your dress which is why all eyes where on you cris xx

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