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Oregon Rail Dress

Added Aug 16, 2010

By burdastyle

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Today marks a new series of projects in which our members are given a chance to create a BurdaStyle pattern variation and tutorial to be spotlighted on our homepage! Today’s project was created by Grosgrain, and if you haven’t seen her blog, you should really check it out. Grosgrain used BurdaStyle friend Twinkle by Wenlan’s blouse pattern and truly transformed something formal into day wear. You can comment on Grosgrain’s blog to WIN this dress!

“With the collar, neck ties and skinny pencil skirt, I thought the end look was a little 1940s.” We agree that this frock is a lovely spin off of the 40s, yet the modern sleeve design and silhouette makes this dress a current hit. The bright yellow buttons, accessories and contrasting white and navy fabric lend this dress a retro look. This project translates so well in solid navy & white fabric with contrasting yellow buttons— it would be cool in a print as well.

Material Notes

The original Twinkle blouse featured on BurdaStyle was made in silk chiffon and crepe. Today’s project is much easier to work with in cotton = much more welcoming to beginners:

Self: 2 yards (1.8 m.), 1/2 (.45 m.) yard of piping, 11 plastic yellow buttons




Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Preppy, Punk, Rock, Romantic


Pattern Designer
Variation Designer
Creative Director of Featured Projects

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    Jul 26, 2011, 01.00 PMby toupinette

    perfect! i m in love!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 05.49 AMby tinymonster

    When I click on ‘Instructions’ I get a 500 Error (Internal Server Issue)… Are there instructions for this variation?

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    Aug 27, 2010, 04.26 PMby thestoryofkat

    great job, it’s such a lovely dress! i notice the yoke/bib is a bit more narrow at the shoulders here than so many of the versions users have made with the original blouse pattern. Is there an option/explanation in the pattern for this or is it just varied results of varied seamstresses? i really prefer the more narrow look but am reluctant to buy the pattern if that’s not how it actually is.

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    Aug 19, 2010, 03.04 AMby maxathon


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    Aug 18, 2010, 09.03 PMby lunatepetal

    so very cute! I am so convinced to purchase this pattern now!! member pattern variation -what a great idea to spice things up on Burdastyle!!

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    Aug 18, 2010, 02.17 PMby pink-cornelia

    just love it.

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    Aug 18, 2010, 12.56 PMby corduroysarcasm

    this is really great….i love vintage…i don’t care if it’s in or out of style-i love it!! i love the neck—i’m gonna have to try that out sometime! thanks for sharing..

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    Aug 18, 2010, 11.49 AMby sallyleigh

    WOW! Divine.Grosgrain is such a talented lady…very inspirational!

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    Aug 18, 2010, 01.09 AMby sewingqueen-1

    As always, Grosgrain, I love the look you put together. To Burdastyle: unfortunately, I won’t be making it – at $8.00 for the pattern – it’s a little pricey for me.

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    Aug 17, 2010, 08.38 PMby Pamela Snook

    Love the dress and love the denim navy blue looks. I think I would like the dress and a cross country train ride, too. I hope the denim, the navy blue, and the dresses stay in vogue for a very long time.

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      Aug 17, 2010, 09.32 PMby alisondahl

      I think they will— they are totally classic colors which outlast fleeting trends. You never can really pinpoint which era these classic color combos come from, yet you know they work wonders together.

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    Aug 17, 2010, 08.27 PMby chrisjalys

    Love this dress – perfect encouragement to continue losing weight!!!

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    Aug 17, 2010, 02.11 PMby carottesauvage

    I agree with Juebejue, The colour combo is impeccable!

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    Aug 17, 2010, 12.08 PMby sandrasews

    Great dress! I love how different fabrics and trims can completely change a pattern. Both this one and the original are beautiful and unique.

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    Aug 17, 2010, 09.01 AMby madscouser

    Hmm, the BurdaStyle images problems strikes yet agin! I can’t see any images :-(

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      Aug 17, 2010, 09.34 PMby alisondahl

      I apologize you can’t see the images. I highly recommend to anyone who wants a better internet experience to browse in Firefox or Safari— it makes a world of difference. Good luck!

      Madscouser— you’ve misunderstood me, I am not patronising you at all, I was offering a solution that has helped a lot of others be able to see images on our site. We are trying to solve this issue with our programmers while offering any more suggestions we’ve got.

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      Aug 18, 2010, 10.30 AMby madscouser

      Alison – I already use Firefox – it’s not my screw up but BurdaStyle’s ongoing problems & I don’t apprecaite being patronised! :-(

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    Aug 17, 2010, 06.28 AMby juebejue

    love it more than the original!

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    Aug 17, 2010, 03.22 AMby ninaribena

    G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S ! ! ! Love it, and really loving the colour hits. xx

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    Aug 17, 2010, 12.52 AMby llt

    I love this. Super cute and colours are perfect. Good job!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 11.50 PMby prairieponygirl

    I am so making this! I just love it! Beautiful job! Perfect!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 06.39 PMby bopippdo

    I looooovveeee it!! Very ……(speachless)!!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 04.56 PMby seasidelaundry

    What an adorable presentation for perfectly detailed dress. I love piping around neckline.

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    Aug 16, 2010, 04.33 PMby kimboat

    too cute, love it!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 03.30 PMby burdastyle

    Any users interested in creating a pattern variation like this one? Email ideas to: alison@burdastyle.com

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