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my Jess dress

Added Mar 31, 2014

by kelerabeus

Beograd, Serbia






Same as a bunch of other New Girl fans out there, I thought that the red dress Zooey wears in the opening credits is just plain adorable. And same as all of the sewers among New Girl fans, I thought that recreating that dress is a must. The funny part is – despite all the hype, there isn’t really anything that much special about the dress! But I guess It’s the kind of thing that grows on you after you watch opening credits for millionth time :)

Dress is made with pattern #121 from Burda 11/2012. Model is almost identical to the one Jess is wearing so I didn’t have to do any modifications, aside of shortening the sleeves and raising the skirt hem. I really love the skirt portion of the dress, but bodice was way too loose and ill fitting. I was stupid enough to not make the muslin first, and I didn’t have enough of fabric to cut another bodice pieces. In the end I solve the problem somehow but in the process I lost about 3cm of the bodice length, which resulted in skirt sitting above my natural waistline. Because of that pockets are too high as well, but I was too exhausted to redid them. I decided that it’s gonna be one of those things you just learn to live with.

In the end I really love the dress, although is very far from being perfect. Oh, and did I mention that my red dress is actually yellow? Yellow was always my favorite color to wear, and also that was the only monochrome fabric I had in my stash :)

Hope you’ll like it!

Material Notes

The fabric is some kind of heavy cotton, maybe a bit too thick for the dress but it keeps the shape really well. I made neckline facings out of some printed cotton I had in my stash, and I also used strips of same fabric for finishing the hem on skirt and sleeves. And there’s an invisible zipper in the back.




Fall, Spring
Garment Type
Romantic, Vintage


Master behind the camera

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    Aug 26, 2015, 02.38 PMby SassyT

    Thanks I will let you know when I do.

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    Aug 26, 2015, 12.13 PMby SassyT

    Would you mind me sharing this on SSB in the future? I link to your post and let you know when shared. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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      Aug 26, 2015, 12.46 PMby kelerabeus

      Oh, of course I wouldn’t, share away! Glad you like it :)

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    Apr 7, 2014, 02.57 AMby izbott

    This is a great color on you. It so pretty & very wearable. You did good. It looks like something from modcloth. I love the pattern you selected.

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      Apr 7, 2014, 09.06 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I love everything from Modcloth so this is kinda ultimate compliment for me :)

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    Apr 6, 2014, 12.12 AMby nrobson

    cute, love the pleats/ruffles

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      Apr 6, 2014, 07.40 AMby kelerabeus

      Thanks, glad you like it! I think these should be box pleats, or something like that :)

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    Apr 1, 2014, 08.32 PMby SassyT

    Absolutely love the dress, and the colour is just up my street. PS Your tights are adorable

    SSB. https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees
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      Apr 2, 2014, 07.25 AMby kelerabeus

      Thanks! I waited a whole year for those tights to get on sale so that I can buy them, so worth it :D

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    Apr 1, 2014, 02.17 PMby liliv-1

    The shape is great and the color is amazing! A perfect dress!

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    Apr 1, 2014, 06.51 AMby Carien Dolittle

    Love this even more than Zooey’s dress!

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    Apr 1, 2014, 06.19 AMby chevronclutchbags

    wow! the colour is fab!! and the shape and style is great… I think I am going to copy this as well!!! <3<3<3

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      Apr 1, 2014, 10.30 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! Copy away, I would love to see your version :)

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    Mar 31, 2014, 09.06 PMby Mary Athey

    This is one fabulous looking dress!! I love everything about it including the gorgeous colour x

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      Apr 1, 2014, 10.29 AMby kelerabeus

      Thanks Mary! I do love yellow, especially in this rich shade.

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    Mar 31, 2014, 08.53 PMby ellie-sew

    Oh my God! The dress is just gorgeous! It looks so great on you! Love the colour, the details and the whole outfit including tights and shoes. Feel like copying it. ;-)

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      Apr 1, 2014, 10.28 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much! I would love to see your version! I always thought that copying is ultimate form of flattering, maybe that’s why I make so many copies :D

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