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Blooming Almond Vintage-Inspired Dress

Added Mar 14, 2013

by sewingentusiast

Toronto, Canada






JJ blouse 6009 was the prototype for the bodice and the skirt is simply a gathered rectangle( length of the blanket case). I had to alter the pattern to close-up bust dart and to shorten the length. I also draw a neckline for front and back.
The biggest challenge was to line the bodice and to finish the sleeve opening. I did not look for instructions and improvised my way through but later on I found out that this is exactly the right way – each sleeve is stitched from wrong side from the side seam to the shoulder seem and again – in opposite direction.

This Horrockses-inspired dress is modeled with two petticoates that I created last month.
I am posting another project to show the dummy Alfoncina that I bought just this past weekend and the petticoats used for all of the dresses.

I look forward to summer to have a chance to wear the dresses.

Post-comment: I fell in love with this horrockses vintage dress
and the proect was inspired by it.

Material Notes

I used an odd colored bed set for this project. It only took one pillowcase for bodice and half of a double blanket-case for the skirt (it is still enough left for another dress).
it is 100% cotton but rather poor quality – made in Russia.
Very cheap poly is used for the lining – I better buy beter quality fabric next time :-)
I also used left-over clear buttons since I did not have a zipper :-)
I also found a small patch of fabric for the belt – just because it matched so well with the color of the blooms :)




Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage

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    May 8, 2013, 10.53 AMby pinkgribble

    your dresses are beautiful makes me want to make one……………………now.

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    Mar 14, 2013, 04.17 PMby sleepy-dumpling

    I love that it was a bed set! Really pretty dress.x

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    Mar 14, 2013, 03.45 PMby lilycansew

    I love it.

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    Mar 14, 2013, 03.19 PMby bjr99

    Beautiful dress!

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    Mar 14, 2013, 08.55 AMby lentretemps

    very beautiful!

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    Mar 14, 2013, 07.59 AMby apfelbluete

    very very beautiful dress!

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    Mar 14, 2013, 06.32 AMby Mary Athey

    STUNNING dress and congrats to you for making it out of a bed sheet, it looks like its made from really highbend fabric. THE belts fab as well xx

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