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New Penzance Island

Added Dec 28, 2012

by alekat

Sydney, Australia






I love Wes Anderson and his heroines who are always strong and clever. Suzy Bishop (Moonlight Kingdom) while the youngest, has the cutest dress sense. Mini Dresses in the 60’s! Hello how could I not copy this?? She wears pink for most of the film but at the end she wears a yellow lace dress. Pink is not really my thing, so yellow it is!

I used a buttery soft yellow linen from ‘The Fabric Shop’ and a pattern which I have used before – Style 2475. The linen is very see through so I have to wear a slip.

I self-drafted the collar (which ended up being a tad short) and borrowed the cuffs from another shirt pattern.

In retrospect I could have added pockets where the seams meet at the insets – but then it would have disturbed the hang. Also I keep forgetting to let the hips out on this pattern, so it’s a bit tight around there. Hopefully the linen will stretch out a little. I pre-washed so no danger of it going the other way

see more at my blog Sewing The 60s

Material Notes

Lemon Yellow Linen from ‘The Fabric Store’ in Surrey Hills, Sydney




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Geek, Mod, Preppy, Vintage

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    Jun 1, 2013, 07.55 AMby wassernixe

    how lovely! It suits you very well

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Jun 1, 2013, 09.44 AMby alekat

      Thanks! xo

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    May 17, 2013, 09.41 AMby DorisS

    Beautiful, the collar and the cuffs really make this dress.

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    Jan 1, 2013, 03.24 PMby pampula

    Ah, your dress is so lovely, the feeling is just the same than in the movie! I think that pale yellow is quite tricky color but it suits you very well:)

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Jan 2, 2013, 12.41 PMby alekat

      Thank you! i was hoping the yellow wouldn’t clash with my hair, so thanks for the compliment!

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    Dec 29, 2012, 10.33 AMby kess

    Love this! Very cute!

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    Dec 28, 2012, 08.39 PMby kihli

    I like this movie, too, and was immediately reminded of it when I saw your photo! Very well done!

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Dec 28, 2012, 11.15 PMby alekat

      Thank you! =D

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    Dec 28, 2012, 07.45 PMby Gigette

    I love so much what you sew … This dress is beautiful;)

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Dec 28, 2012, 11.18 PMby alekat

      Thanks Gigette! i love your stuff too. so chic!

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    Dec 28, 2012, 02.40 PMby Mary Athey

    Fab vintage pattern. The dress is lovely on you. X

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    Dec 28, 2012, 01.16 PMby taketina

    This looks so nice! The yellow is wonderful on you. And the white collar makes a very good contrast.

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Dec 28, 2012, 11.19 PMby alekat


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