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Once Upon A Time

Added Jun 29, 2012

by Nickiejc

Angers, France






This is the “Bette” dress (again!) which was a free downloadable pattern from Sew Mag. It is really easy and satisfying to put together and I tried REALLY hard to be neat inside and out…..something I am not really so very good at, probably far too impatient. For a change, I sewed in an underskirt for added “pouffiness” but I didn’t manage it very well and have since thought of a better way of doing it. Ho hum! To compliment the lining I made a little cummerbund (sp?) and sewed on some pretty vintage buttons which I had triumphantly bought last weekend at a vide grenier.

Material Notes

Cotton , inside and out !




Garment Type

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    Jan 31, 2016, 02.43 PMby anneclaire2984

    Bonjour, Quelle jolie robe, c’est magnifique ! Bravo ! J’ai réussi à récupérer le patron sur le web et j’aimerai me lancer dans cette robe. As-tu des conseils à ce sujet ? J’avoue queça fait longtemps que je n’ai pas cousu de robes pour moi et là c’est pour un mariage, il ne faut pas que me le loupe …J’ai lu ailleurs que les dimensions du tissu à acheter n’étaient pas justes sur le patron et qu’il en fallait bien moins. Te rappelles tu combien de coton tu avais acheté ? Merci beaucoup pour tes précieux conseil. Bonne journée, Anne-Claire

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    May 3, 2015, 07.10 AMby ABiP3418

    Hi! Please can you tell me how you made your cummerbund? I’m trying to make this dress for the leaver’s summer ball in July, I’m not the most experienced of sewers so I thought I’d try and start now. :) Thank You

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    Jul 1, 2012, 06.09 AMby momsgotanewhobby

    This is gorgeous, and your insides look great!

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    Jun 29, 2012, 10.36 PMby Mandy Denham

    Checking out Sew Mag right now, thanks for letting us know where you got the pattern, the dress looks spectacular!

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      Jun 30, 2012, 08.08 PMby Nickiejc

      Hi, it was some time ago so I don,t think it is available any more. I don,t know if this is acceptable practice or not but as it was a free download I could scan mine and mail it to you…size 36 if that is any good?

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      Jul 1, 2012, 01.41 PMby Mandy Denham

      It took some digging, but I found it on their site. Thanks for the offer though, I can’t wait to try it!

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      Jul 1, 2012, 06.13 PMby Nickiejc

      Great, I will download a spare then if I can find it as I love this dress’s shape…the instructions don’t always make good sense so use your own know-how when assembling the dress. I look forward to seeing your one!

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    Jun 29, 2012, 07.54 PMby Testosterone

    Terrific fabric choice, great dress!

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    Jun 29, 2012, 07.28 PMby lisa g

    cute dress! i really like the button detail on the sash, smart idea!

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