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Added Jan 4, 2010

by sarsaparilla

Brisbane, Australia






A variation of See & Sew 5469 I made from beautiful retro print patchwork fabric. Very fun to twirl in!

I omitted the cap sleeves and made the skirt out of the remaining fabric because I was about a metre short. This worked out well, because the fabric is quite heavy (as all good patchwork fabrics should be) and wouldn’t have sat quite as nicely if it were gathered as heavily as the pattern suggested. This is a great project for beginners, very quick and easy (apart from the many, many buttonholes, which my mum did because I ran out of time and had to go back to uni). I’m planning on making one with the sleeves in a soft blue fabric with black buttons :D

Material Notes

Patchwork fabric; cream buttons; metal snaps




Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage

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    Jan 28, 2010, 09.25 PMby sophielophie

    This is beautiful! Very 50’s and i love the fabric!

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    Jan 5, 2010, 01.00 PMby elegantmusings

    This is so, so pretty! :)

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    Jan 5, 2010, 12.04 PMby BeYou TiFul

    It is a very simple but LOVELY, dress. Very nice fabric too. Looking at your dress makes me sing la lala lalaaaaaaaaaaaaa……….

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    Jan 5, 2010, 07.46 AMby sarsaparilla

    Thank you everyone for the very kind comments!

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    Jan 5, 2010, 02.56 AMby Ana B

    Beautiful; great dress. You did awesome!

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    Jan 5, 2010, 12.24 AMby prairieponygirl

    So AWESOME! It looks perfect and I love the fabric choice. snaps to you! :)

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    Jan 4, 2010, 07.33 PMby keren

    I love it!!! Looks unique and retro and has character and looks flattering even if one is carrying a few extra pounds (e.g. me) I would love to get the pattern.

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      Jan 4, 2010, 09.56 PMby sarsaparilla

      Thanks keren! I think it’s one of those styles that suits everyone. I did a quick search, and the only place I could find the pattern is here: http://patternstash.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=4728333. I’m sure there are other places!

      The skirt is just a big, big rectangle, and the bodice is very simple, so it might be worth trying adapt another pattern to suit :)

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    Jan 4, 2010, 06.08 PMby applesnoranges

    I love it!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 06.02 PMby wzrdreams

    Nice pics, sweet dress, great legs!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 11.13 AMby ichigogirl

    Very pretty! I love the subdued but at the same time bright colours of the material, and the style is really nice and fits you so well. Hope you get loads of use from it!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 10.29 AMby irmchen

    This dress is so classy!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 08.12 AMby frkbustad

    Looks great, and it looks like the bodice is fitted very well.

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    Jan 4, 2010, 04.01 AMby cquinn13

    very cute! this looks like it would be a very versatile pattern.

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      Jan 4, 2010, 07.22 AMby sarsaparilla

      Thanks! It really is one of the best basic patterns I own.

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    Jan 4, 2010, 03.50 AMby Ady McLeod

    This is adorable! A great dress for a normal day when one wants to feel fancy!

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