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English Tutor Dress

Added Nov 20, 2009

by elainemay

Aachen, Germany






I made this dress using the pattern for Simplicity 2473 as the basis. It’s inspired by the L’Wren Scott Headmistress Dress (but cost me $2850 less!). I drafted a sleeve, collar, and cuff and added them to the Simplicity bodice and skirt. The dress is made of black double knit (poly/rayon/lycra, I think), and the contrast collar and cuffs are are made of white ponte di roma. I’m also attaching the picture of the original on Nicole Kidman, but you probably can’t tell us apart since I look JUST LIKE HER.

UPDATE: Check out my blog for more info and a FREE pattern kit download so you can make your own! (Just the pieces I drafted in my size; you’ll still need the pattern for Simplicity 2473.)




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    Mar 5, 2010, 06.24 AMby hokidoki

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I can’t wait to make one for myself

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    Dec 25, 2009, 12.47 AMby bluebean

    Soo cute. You are very talented :-)

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    Nov 22, 2009, 10.50 PMby Heather D. Childree

    L O V E IT!

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    Nov 22, 2009, 03.58 PMby frkbustad

    Very, very cute, classy and also hot dress! Nice work!

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    Nov 22, 2009, 09.33 AMby Bernadine Sengalrayan

    The outfit is very sophisticated. And it was indeed a wonderful idea to add your details onto an exsisting pattern, making your dress truly unique.

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    Nov 22, 2009, 08.04 AMby emjaen

    Love it, very 1960s. SO much nicer than Nicole’s!

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    Nov 21, 2009, 04.36 PMby toucan

    You suit this dress way better than Nicole. I love it.

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    Nov 21, 2009, 02.56 PMby reliablechef

    you should add your pattern pieces that you made so we can all make one! Trend Setter, awesome!

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    Nov 21, 2009, 12.04 PMby merbecky

    Another great creation! You are very talented, and for the record, you look better than Nicole Kidman.

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    Nov 21, 2009, 10.34 AMby pitocia

    Another great creations from you. Like it! Just put on a pair a white gloves and here you go….a 60’s style ;-)

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    Nov 21, 2009, 02.55 AMby scheryka

    You really need to change your sewing level from Intermediate to Advance Expert! Another outstanding dress. I love your simple, sassy, chic, sexy style.

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    Nov 21, 2009, 12.48 AMby nessys

    Lovely job! And I think you look much cuter than Nicole!!! Very classic.

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    Nov 21, 2009, 12.35 AMby joboenvogue

    Gorgeous, despite the icky feeling polyester. Ah, if only the world didn’t run out of the right type of fabric when you need it! And as a side note, your blog makes me smile every day. =]

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    Nov 20, 2009, 10.43 PMby alden

    Great as always!

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    Nov 20, 2009, 07.31 PMby fairytale-thirteen

    The dress is adorable you look a million dollars – to make such an amazing copy for a fraction of the price is one of the joys of sewing. Thanks for sharing your talent B0)

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    Nov 20, 2009, 05.59 PMby bjorgg

    like it :) looks very nice!

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    Nov 20, 2009, 05.35 PMby pumpkinprincess

    The dress looks so cute as do you .. great job :-)

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    Nov 20, 2009, 03.55 PMby kono

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaw it is fantastic

    thank u

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    Nov 20, 2009, 12.38 PMby zickzack

    Fatastic! I’m wondering if something like this would look good on me. Not sure. On you it definitely does!

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    Nov 20, 2009, 10.49 AMby fnm

    Wow, is the right word. You look stunning! Everything you make is absolutely beautiful.

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    Nov 20, 2009, 10.29 AMby zozowahine

    LOVE this! I like your version better actually. The collar is much cuter.

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    Nov 20, 2009, 10.22 AMby anajan

    The dress is absolutely gorgeous! Such a classic design, love it! Great work, as always!

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    Nov 20, 2009, 10.01 AMby seemane

    Yet ANOTHER f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s creation! :) Well done

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    Nov 20, 2009, 09.53 AMby elisana

    great dress!!!! and you look much better than"her"

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    Nov 20, 2009, 09.26 AMby milkyway

    Oh girl, your dress is just great!! I love it, the combination and the line is so sophisticated!! well done

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    Nov 20, 2009, 08.53 AMby jd98

    it’s another gorgeous dress Elaine!

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    Nov 20, 2009, 07.06 AMby irmchen

    Sehr Klasse! Obwohl man natürlich sagen muss, dass dieses Kleid Nicole nur halb so gut steht! :) Wenn ich es wagen darf: Vielleicht in der Länge noch ein ganz bisschen herauslassen? Das ‘Little black dress’ fand ich einen Tick zu lang und hier ist es genau umgekehrt.

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      Nov 20, 2009, 10.01 AMby seemane

      I have just used Google Translate to translate this from German to English (I selected the “Detect Language” option :) )…. it reads as follows:-

      “Great class! Although, of course, have to say that this dress Nicole is only half as good! :)
      If I may dare: Perhaps in the length or let out quite a bit? The ‘Little black dress’, I found a bit too long, and here it is just the opposite”

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      Nov 20, 2009, 10.33 AMby irmchen

      Thank you Seemane! I will try to find this ‘Detect Language’ option because my comment now seems to be written in good english? ;) (Oh, oh… now everyone notices that I critized THE Elainemay.) ;)

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    Nov 20, 2009, 06.46 AMby miss-g

    Another inspiring creation from you Elaine. You look good enough for the red carpet.

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    Nov 20, 2009, 06.28 AMby freakusbzzz

    I think yours looks quite abit nicer too. Bolder.

    I’d take you over NK any day as well.

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    Nov 20, 2009, 06.16 AMby cornsey

    Another gorgeous project Elainemay! You’ve copied the dress with your usual attention to detail. Never mind Nicole Kidman, you look utterly cute in your dress and you have great talent and generosity!

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