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Painted Dress

Added Jun 23, 2010

by rifka

Denver, Colorado...






Second dress from this pattern. It’s a vintage Butterick (5448), which I also used for my Babar dress. It’s amazing how different the same pattern can look! This time I used a Pendleton wool for the top and a lycra wool blend for the bottom. I can’t seem to stay away from this color combination lately. Embellished it with hand painted details on the collar, pockets and buttons. Very nerve-wracking, but well worth the result.

Material Notes

Pendleton wool and lycra wool blend




Garment Type
Classic, Mod
Blends, Wool

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    Jun 26, 2010, 07.38 AMby Ophelia K

    I love this color combination as well! I love your work. It’s just hit my heart every time. Wish you were my sister so I can borrow your clothing:D I just love your sense too much.

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    Jun 25, 2010, 07.08 PMby twoboos

    LOVE IT!!! I’d like to see how it looks on….

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    Jun 25, 2010, 08.53 AMby fosteretalk

    I love it all. I would wear that dress – in a much bigger size – but I love it.

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    Jun 25, 2010, 08.38 AMby ellie-sew

    It’s just fantastic! I love the collar, the buttons, the pockets and of course the two tone feature! Great job!

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    Jun 25, 2010, 06.13 AMby irmchen

    I love this special ‘rifka style’ too! :-) Can’t believe that you have painted the fabric – which kind of paint did you use? I am wondering whether mashine wash would be possible after using the colour?

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      Jun 25, 2010, 09.58 PMby rifka

      Thank you. Everyone’s kind words are so encouraging!

      I use Jacquard Textile Color and have had good results with it in the wash. This dress will have to be dry cleaned as it’s wool, but I have used the same paint on other garments which have been through the wash many times.

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    Jun 25, 2010, 03.08 AMby missdandy

    Amazing mod creation! Love the hand painted details!

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    Jun 25, 2010, 01.14 AMby nessys

    This is stunning – I wish my hand was that steady! I really love the idea of painting the details. Nice work!

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    Jun 24, 2010, 09.00 PMby smallone

    Hello Rifka, knew this was you as soon as I saw it…sooooo cute!

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    Jun 24, 2010, 06.16 PMby laurwyn

    The angles of the dress are stunning, and so 60’s looking, almost like a plane stewardess! I would love that dress in the winter too!

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    Jun 24, 2010, 02.34 PMby sunnilj9

    So darling and I love the color combination! The hand painted detail is lovely! Fabulous and wonderfully color creation!

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    Jun 24, 2010, 12.48 PMby baroness

    this is so cool! the collar is the best feature. well done!

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    Jun 24, 2010, 06.57 AMby sewella

    So meticulously done! Perfect! Love the colour combination – you’ve incorporated it well with the design of the dress!

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    Jun 24, 2010, 04.33 AMby solsticefire

    Great job! The white detail is very well done… looks like the buttons and the blue fabric came like that :)

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    Jun 24, 2010, 12.59 AMby mcloughlinsarah

    this is utterly fabulous!

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    Jun 24, 2010, 12.44 AMby kelepso

    The painting technique is clever and incredible. I would have never thought to do something like that.

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    Jun 24, 2010, 12.19 AMby mardou123

    Really lovely. Your strong color palette is very inspiring. great job.

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    Jun 23, 2010, 11.09 PMby hstorm799

    love love love this dress! I totally want one! (but don’t think I have the patience for the hand-painted embellishments!) Great job on this. LOVE IT!

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    Jun 23, 2010, 07.57 PMby tamezdc

    very nice dress! I love the color combination and the buttons.

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