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Added Jan 11, 2011

by imogens

Melbourne, Austr...






I am fairly obsessed with sewing work dresses of late – there’s just something about only having to deal with one item of clothing that suits my non-morning-person self.

This one is from an early 60s Spadea pattern, designed by Herbert Sondheim (for any musical theatre lovers out there (NOT ME), that’s Stephen Sondheim’s father), with the colour scheme Mad Men in inspiration. I’ve made this from wool tweed and silk dupioni, both backed with silk organza because the tweed was a little too drapey for the tailored design.

I did make a muslin but didn’t bother sewing the hated sleeve gussets before deciding the fit was perfect – mistake! So its a bit roomy around the shoulders. No matter, I still rather love the dress.

Material Notes

Ellen Tracy wool tweed
Silk dupioni
Silk organza




Garment Type

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    Feb 17, 2011, 11.22 AMby anajan


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    Jan 12, 2011, 11.12 PMby smallone

    GREAT! just GREAT!

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    Jan 12, 2011, 07.03 PMby redslippers

    woman this is just stunning! the colours are brilliant and I love the use of the silk vs wool tweed. i can tell your fabric selection is always so thoughtful. it’s sewn very nicely and It suits you beautifuly! As a huge stephen sondhiem fan, I’m just going to check out those patterns….. are you going through a huge vintage brooch love at the moment? I am too- have to get into making some e-bay purchases. hehem, pls send me your address ;)

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    Jan 12, 2011, 05.55 PMby bmapso

    Great job. Love the color and the silk panel down the middle. Drapes well and very stylish!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 10.09 PMby Erin E

    I like that the sleeves are a little drapey! Gives it just another feminine touch. LOVE the colors and the fit—you did this pattern justice! I have a similar vintage one in my stash, but instead of a straight line down the front, it’s triangular. Starts small at the top and widens towards the bottom. I have yet to figure out a color combo I like! Yours is stunning!

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      Jan 11, 2011, 10.45 PMby imogens

      Thank you! I am seeing the sleeves in a new light now!
      Hope to see your version on here some day :)

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      Feb 3, 2011, 06.46 PMby Erin E

      I featured your dress on my blog :)

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    Jan 11, 2011, 08.00 PMby Pisto

    That is so nice!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 05.51 PMby janesays13

    I love this! The colors, the style, everything about it!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 03.26 PMby joost52

    Very nice colors, and you really look nice in it. Great job!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 03.19 PMby libra-s

    Very adorable!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 12.23 PMby stars

    I love the colour combo and the style is very chic . It’s dresses like this that ALMOST make me want my old job back (which I hated but did get to wear nice clothes rather than my scruffy ones I wear now!)

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      Jan 11, 2011, 10.47 PMby imogens

      I find dressing up is one way to make the long work days more interesting and fun… doesn’t quite make up for the wage slavery though!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 12.22 PMby tonierenee

    I really like this. The color is great on you as well. I would like to make one a bit shorter and fuller at the bottom. Have you made any altered versions of this?

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      Jan 11, 2011, 10.48 PMby imogens

      Thank you! This is my first version and I didn’t make any alterations whatsoever … aI’ve got a heap of patterns to get through so it might be an only…

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