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Feathered Breaths

Added Sep 16, 2012

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






I don’t use border prints all that often, given the need to be much more deliberate and particular with pattern choices. But this batik-like fabric was just so lovely – even if I’m not sure exactly what sort of birds they’re meant to be (Peacocks? Lyrebirds? Birds-of-Paradise?). Anyway, in looking through my stash of patterns, I found this one: Advance pattern 4272, circa 1946, which has a rectangular skirt. I adjusted it at the front slightly to make it straight across rather than shaped so I could take advantage of the selvedge and the print. I also made the skirt flat at the front and pleated from the darts around to the back, instead of the recommended gathering, again to try and make the print stand out more clearly. It did take a ridiculous amount of time to get that pleating even – an entire hour, in fact – but that’s what internet TV is for.

Given that the front bodice and skirt already had perfect selvedges, there was no need for hemming, making this a quick dress to make – one hour for pinning pleats notwithstanding. And because it was so quick to make, it was done in time to wear to a vintage fair today! Great to have something new to wear for an event.

Photos (taken by Ezzles) accentuated by the early spring late afternoon sun. And a fortunate find for the photoshoot location – as well as this stream and bridge, there are a number of other little bridges along the stream, plus two lakes. It’s sure to be the location of more photoshoots in the future.

Material Notes

2m Poly/cotton blend
1 45cm zipper




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Polyester

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    Dec 30, 2012, 10.09 AMby Rebecca Ryan

    Love this dress. Am going to try and make one similar for my hols to italy in the summer. X

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    Sep 17, 2012, 04.21 AMby jrandle

    Love the print. It moves with ease!

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      Sep 20, 2012, 05.25 AMby pambox

      Thanks, it does have a nice soft and easy flow to it.

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    Sep 16, 2012, 05.57 PMby shanoky

    Wow… I really Love this one!, The fabric is really great.

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      Sep 20, 2012, 05.24 AMby pambox

      Thank you!

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    Sep 16, 2012, 01.06 PMby Mary Athey

    fab dress. love the colour and what lovely photos x

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      Sep 20, 2012, 05.24 AMby pambox

      The colour is beautiful.

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    Sep 16, 2012, 12.30 PMby MissCorsetLizz

    Gorgeous dress!!! Amazing fabric, I love it! :-D

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      Sep 20, 2012, 05.23 AMby pambox

      Thank you, it really is great fabric, isn’t it!

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    Sep 16, 2012, 12.29 PMby tomako

    So pretty!

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      Sep 20, 2012, 05.23 AMby pambox


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