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My sister's a greenie!

Added Sep 28, 2012

by cynthia-1

Wollongong, Aust...






My sister had been looking around the shops for a bright green dress, but to no avail. So I thought I would make her one instead. Initially, she had described a shift dress with bust darts, back darts and NO waist seam. After some weeks of drafting and fiddling, we decided to base it on a pattern I already had in my stash instead. ….that was back in April… and now, after some delay, it’s finished and ready for the Australian Spring/Summer!

This retro 1996 Style pattern was passed on to me by a work colleague. The dress is based on Dress D (see last pic) with a few minor modifications. The original pattern had the bilateral side seam side-splits that were oh-so-popular in the late 90s (ahh, fond memories!) which I omitted and instead added the slit at the back of the skirt at the midline seam. I also had to adjust the pattern slightly to achieve a more fitted silhouette. As usual, I substituted the dress zipper with an invisible zipper. It was an easy pattern to follow, with very few pattern pieces involved.

Thanks sis for your creative modelling!

Material Notes

Premium cotton sateen (green) 127cm wide ($12.99/metre from Spotlight- luckily I waited for the 30% off sale); interfacing; 56cm invisible zipper (black); hook and eye; thread;

Pattern notes also suggest cotton and cotton blends, silks and silk types, crepe, crepe back satin, laundered silk-rayons, linen and linen blends.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic
Cotton, Blends, Linen, Polyester, Rayon, Silk


Style 2796

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    Oct 4, 2012, 04.11 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    looks lovely! good fit and great colour!

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    Oct 3, 2012, 09.43 PMby Mary Athey

    its a lovely dress and looks so good on your sister x

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