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cartoon capers dress and bolero

Added Aug 18, 2013

by Mary Athey

Antrim, Co Antri...






this is mccalls 6326 top’s pattern lengthened. this is the second dress i’ve made from this. the first is in my what was i thinking pile!! right next to the what possesed me to try making this pile lol. i will fix the first one and post it as the fabrics lovely. this pattern is for knits so i thought i’d use this bright cartoon fabric. its supposed to be cotton jersey but it has minimal stretch so i gave myself more work than i had planned. with the scraps i made a matching reversable bolero. its fully lined im a nice red ribbed cotton jersey and can be reversed as well.
my lovely mums in one of the photos plus my two helpers!! fizz and toffee lol x

Material Notes

cotton based jersey




Garment Type

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    Aug 24, 2013, 01.58 PMby Super Jeanette

    You look amazing and happy and the neckline is really cute!

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      Aug 24, 2013, 02.29 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so.much for your lovely comment, i do love the neckline on this x

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    Aug 20, 2013, 04.49 PMby rachp

    This is just great. I love it – and love your big smile on your pics, too!

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      Aug 20, 2013, 05.04 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much rachp, its easy to smile when you’re having a great night out x

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    Aug 19, 2013, 04.07 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    You play with patterns and fabrics like a magician – and any of your work surprises with its brightness, dare spirit and original interpretation!!! Very nice, I caught myself on the thought about adding boleros to some planned dresses… and this neckline is really to die for, very beautiful.

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      Aug 19, 2013, 05.26 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much oksana, thats such a lovely thing to say.you should give the boleros a go. i think they look lovely over dresses. its a very 50’s thing to have a matching bolero or cape and i love them x

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    Aug 19, 2013, 10.20 AMby Debbie Alli

    WOW!!!! That’s a great dress, Mary . Fun fabric too – who couldn’t help but smile? :) x

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      Aug 19, 2013, 05.24 PMby Mary Athey

      thamk you so much debbie, i thought the fabric was fun x

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    Aug 19, 2013, 03.41 AMby ronnielee

    Sexy Mama!! Dress looks fab and the fabric is fabbo! Fun night out as usual! cheers xx

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      Aug 19, 2013, 08.04 AMby Mary Athey

      thanks ronnie, i do love my nights out i’ve finally recovered now lol x

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    Aug 19, 2013, 02.20 AMby rita61

    What a fun dress ! Looks like your fingers are healed. :-)

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      Aug 19, 2013, 08.05 AMby Mary Athey

      thanks rita, i’ve been getting physio so its mending well thank you xx

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    Aug 19, 2013, 12.58 AMby bethmaryharley

    Great dress, Mary! I love your two “helpers”! The ginger one looks just like my parent’s cat!

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      Aug 19, 2013, 08.07 AMby Mary Athey

      thanks beth, i have to laugh at their antics. as soon as i start cutting fabric or tracing patterns they’re up sitting on it?? toffee the kitten loves the elastic and my pins while fizz just loves sitting on my projects lol x

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    Aug 18, 2013, 11.57 PMby MissCorsetLizz

    Great Dress!!! You look Fabulous!!! :-D

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      Aug 19, 2013, 08.08 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you lizz it was nice fun fabric and i love the fact no.one would have one like mine x

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    Aug 18, 2013, 07.07 PMby Irina Schwab

    Mary, all your projects are so hot! Wow!

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      Aug 18, 2013, 07.09 PMby Mary Athey

      oh irina thank you so much for that lovely compliment. x

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    Aug 18, 2013, 07.03 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    What a smashing fabric! I like your style and you look lovely in the outfit! Lucky you to have helpers :) Nice photos – sweet little helper trying to organize the pattern in your box :)

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      Aug 18, 2013, 07.11 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks ellen, the little ginger helpers toffee. shes a rascal but is adorable so she gets of with it. the big ones her accompolice fizz lol. toffee pinches elastic etc out of the box and they both run of with it x

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      Aug 18, 2013, 07.22 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      That’s a very clever :)

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    Aug 18, 2013, 06.27 PMby zsyzu

    Love it Mary! Fits well and looks comfortable!

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      Aug 18, 2013, 06.51 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks zsyzu. i adaped my bra as well.so i could wear it with the dress. i elasticated the back as well so it was mega comfortable x

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    Aug 18, 2013, 05.15 PMby cris orange

    Hi Mary, you look amazing in this dress, on both sides :) I find it great that you and your mother danced all night!!!

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      Aug 18, 2013, 05.21 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks cris, my mum really is my best friend, we get on so well and always have a laugh when we’re out and about x

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    Aug 18, 2013, 02.40 PMby liliv-1

    Wow Mary I love this!! The neckline is very flattering on you and I love that it is reversible! I wouldn’t have thought make a dress like this reversible! I have to try it, it’s great!!

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      Aug 18, 2013, 02.52 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks liliv, i was just going to line it but the red fabric was so nice i thought i’d make it reversable.it does look good on the red side as well x

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    Aug 18, 2013, 01.59 PMby kisses

    Fun fabric Mary…love the neckline. Your photos are always screaming happy and you look good

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      Aug 18, 2013, 02.16 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks kisses, i’d a great night out with mum. we have such a laugh to’gether. the band was really good and we danced all night. i’m so tired now though lol x

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    Aug 18, 2013, 01.58 PMby Trudy McGrath

    Mary I love it, is this pattern still available somewhere?

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      Aug 18, 2013, 02.14 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks trudy, i got it from sewdirect.com a couple of years ago. if you go on etsy theres a free downloadable pattern thats identical. its a nice neckline x

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