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Dress for a nothing day, or ode to MTM

Added Jul 13, 2011

by threadsquare

Somerville, Mass...






When I first found this vintage 70s pattern, I knew I had to sew it up. And apparently when I first saw this fabric, I knew I’d use it…years later. But in my quest for stash-busting (re: consuming less fabric by using up what I have, and setting myself up for a future of more thoughtful textile purchases), I only thought these two would be an okay pair.

I was afraid the print was too girly, but I like how the keyhole gives the pretty flowers a bit of an edge. There was a lot of tweaking to be done on this one-size pattern, blogged here, but I marked up the tissue because I’d love to turn this into a little black dress, something my wardrobe is missing.

I took my time underlining the cotton with China silk, so I won’t need a slip, and also added in what I think is a crucial step of understitching the facings. Most of this was sewn on my new vintage straight stitch machine, until she started acting up ;)

Off to watch some Mary Tyler Moore…

Material Notes

Cotton pique, China silk, silk thread, hand-picked zipper, Simplicity 5564


Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Silk

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    Jul 15, 2011, 05.46 PMby mje2009

    Such beautiful pictures. I don"t think the print is too girly and you"re right the keyhole does make it look edgy. Nice work!

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    Jul 15, 2011, 11.36 AMby vasea

    a very nice dress

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    Jul 15, 2011, 12.42 AMby merbecky

    This is really beautiful, great job! From a former Somerville girl.

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      Jul 15, 2011, 02.56 PMby threadsquare

      Thanks! If you’re free on wed nights at 6, come to Grey’s Fabrics for the BS meetup!

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    Jul 14, 2011, 08.31 PMby threadsquare

    Thanks, all you lovely burdastylers :D All your input is making me feel much better donning such a flowery dress.

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    Jul 14, 2011, 08.01 PMby LimeSoda

    Very-well constructed. And what a choice print! This looks lovely on you as well…I’m assuming this pic is you ;-0

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    Jul 14, 2011, 01.57 PMby secondbedroom


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    Jul 14, 2011, 08.30 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    gorgeous! I love the combination.

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    Jul 14, 2011, 07.50 AMby virginia Argumosa de poo

    great fabric, pattern too!

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    Jul 14, 2011, 07.32 AMby cathysews

    really beautiful dress…perfect fit.

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      Jul 14, 2011, 08.24 PMby threadsquare

      thank you :) wow, you’re quite prolific, with 55 projects…awesome!

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    Jul 14, 2011, 03.42 AMby gillthecat

    yes indeed lovely all levels wonderfull pattern and fabric choice and nice photos well done you

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      Jul 14, 2011, 08.26 PMby threadsquare

      so sweet :) and speaking of prolific…yowzers! you’re sewing up a storm down under.

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    Jul 14, 2011, 03.18 AMby turtlegirl00

    It is a great dress in flowers and will be great in black too! the fit is perfect—excellent job!

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      Jul 14, 2011, 08.28 PMby threadsquare

      thanks, turtlegirl :)

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    Jul 14, 2011, 01.26 AMby micbrown

    Love it. Would be great in black too.

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      Jul 14, 2011, 01.31 AMby threadsquare

      Thanks! I’m hoping a black version is in my near future :)

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    Jul 13, 2011, 10.17 PMby fashionfreek

    Its nice. It suits you..well if that is you. I love the print.:-)

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      Jul 14, 2011, 01.29 AMby threadsquare

      Why thank you :D (and that is me)

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