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Liesl von Trapp Inspired

Added Nov 28, 2011

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Portland, Oregon...






This is the dress I have put hundreds of hours into over the last few years, and it’s also one of my favorites to wear! Remember that ethereal dress that Liesl wore for her dancing sequence in “The Sound of Music”? Well after hours of meticulous research, drafting, testing, and re-testing, I finally arrived at a very close replica of the original costume.

This dress has the most gorgeous billowy sleeves, twirling skirt, and detailed bodice that make it so much fun to wear and dance in. I finished the hem with a lettuce edge and enjoy hand sewing the tiny ribbon bows in place. Technically this style is straight from the late 1930s, but I think it’s much more flattering that a lot of 30s dresses I’ve seen.

I released the pattern for this dress last year, and while it’s rated intermediate, I’ve known complete beginners who have tackled it along with an sewing teacher. It usually takes me about six to seven hours to sew, and for those who don’t want to sew with chiffon, I do on occasion custom make these dresses for ladies all over the world. (You can contact me if you have any questions.)

My favorite occasion to wear this dress for was a Sound of Music sing along event, where I was the most authentically dressed person without a question! But of course it’s also perfect for dances, parties, anniversaries, and vintage themed events.

Auf weidersehen!

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Material Notes

China silk lining and polyester chiffon




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage
Chiffon, Polyester, Silk


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    Jan 9, 2012, 07.58 AMby tirrs


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    Nov 30, 2011, 05.49 AMby dimoni

    The dress is wonderful! I’ve admired it for years, actually since it has been shared by Jenny Chancey from Sense and Sensibility patterns :)

    The color and quality of the chiffon fabric are gorgeous!

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      Dec 3, 2011, 04.05 AMby EdelweissPatterns

      Oh, did you see her post about Edelweiss Patterns? She was very kind to do a giveaway on her website! I sincerely appreciate her promotion of my pattern. : )

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    Nov 29, 2011, 05.05 PMby Isabel Alexander

    Very pretty.

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    Nov 29, 2011, 08.51 AMby lydster

    By the way: It’s “Auf W I E dersehen”.

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      Nov 30, 2011, 03.45 AMby EdelweissPatterns

      Ah, thanks for kindly catching the typo.

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    Nov 28, 2011, 09.44 PMby adi1985

    lovely dress..

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    Nov 28, 2011, 06.29 PMby imagiono

    wow thats cute

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    Nov 28, 2011, 06.29 PMby imagiono

    wow thats cute

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