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Pandemonium Extreme!

Added Feb 8, 2009

by sarsaparilla

Brisbane, Australia






Pandemonium seems an appropriate word for this dress! My grandmother gave me all of her old fabric a few years ago, and amongst that wonderful, albeit slightly dusty, stash I found this crazy retro print. This fabric probably hailed from the 1970s I’d guess. It’s a heavy fabric – possibly flannelette? Not really sure. Anyway, I decided to go with a 70s theme and use a real 70s pattern (1976 to be exact!) my other grandmother gave to me :) Although the pattern was a girl’s pattern, I managed to squeeze successfully into the largest size (about a women’s size 6). I just LOVE old patterns – the instructions are INFINITELY easier to understand and the diagrams are perfect! I just wish modern patterns could be the same… I made this dress about a year ago, and still haven’t worn it yet – mainly because I cannot find the right pair of shoes! I think I might wear my Roman sandals or white Converses with it… something to think about :)

Material Notes

A few metres of a crazy retro print; zipper; two wooden buttons





Me! Also Simplicity and both grandmothers for the fabric and pattern!

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    Dec 24, 2011, 04.10 AMby bernieandi

    LOVE the fabric and the dress. Excellent work!

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    Jan 23, 2011, 10.57 AMby taleska

    I don’t know would I wote for the fabric first, or for the pattern. and the story is what holds it together ;) I love it, it’s original, looks awesome on you. bravo!

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      Jan 24, 2011, 10.17 AMby sarsaparilla

      Thanks! Glad you like it, the fabric is my favourite part :)

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      Jan 24, 2011, 10.17 AMby sarsaparilla

      Thanks! Glad you like it, the fabric is my favourite part :)

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    Feb 14, 2009, 09.08 AMby bettyschaefer

    I really like it. The fabric is so cool. And I really do agree about the old patterns ;) (for the shoes..maybe an espadrille shoe but a “girly” one? Take a look at the Pare Gabia collections…maybe?)

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    Feb 8, 2009, 06.34 PMby bcheese06

    I love the dress, esp the flowyness of the skirt! Although I have a really hard time following older patterns (60s-70s) It’s probably b/c I don’t know the terminology and they are harder to just ad lib.

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    Feb 8, 2009, 12.10 PMby vintageluvr

    I love your use of vintage fabric and patterns, great story! ;-)

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    Feb 8, 2009, 08.46 AMby dressdummy

    Adorable on you, and I love the story and history behind your dress. I cast a 3rd vote for the Roman sandals.

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    Feb 8, 2009, 03.19 AMby polychromatin

    Great fabric again! Looks very cute!

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    Feb 8, 2009, 02.10 AMby madamewu

    lovely :) great idea. Congrats!

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