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Pattern Magic, linked front dress

Added Aug 28, 2011

by carolyn-s

Perth, Australia






Based on the design on p49 of the Japanese pattern book Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi, made of teal silk jersey, and with added elbow length sleeves. I make a separate self-drafted petticoat… this is necessary because the dress not only has an extreeeemely low neckline but is completely open at the front. And spring here can be pretty breezy!
I left the front open like this because I like the idea of the contrasting yellow being a strong feature in the final look. The daffodil yellow is swimwear fabric, I chose it because the colour was just what I wanted. Being able to swim in it if I want wasn’t planned, but is a bonus. Bring on summer!

also on my blog here

Material Notes

teal silk jersey, yellow swimwear fabric




Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Other
Polyester, Silk

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    Sep 7, 2011, 01.02 PMby karenH44

    Very pretty. I love your color choices.

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    Sep 1, 2011, 05.50 AMby nouvellegamine

    Wow! The contrast between the teal & yellow is beautiful :D

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    Aug 30, 2011, 07.11 AMby RoniBarr

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love it!

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    Aug 29, 2011, 05.01 PMby slinkykitten

    This is just gorgeous. Congratulations on the perfect outfit.

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    Aug 29, 2011, 03.38 PMby stars

    That book has been on my amazon wish list for a while but I think it’s now going to end up in my basket! Gorgeous dress and fantastic colour combination.

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    Aug 29, 2011, 02.57 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    That’s great! Love the colours

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    Aug 29, 2011, 02.48 PMby magdamagda

    such beautiful images and an awesome choice of pattern!

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    Aug 29, 2011, 10.04 AMby daisylynn

    Absolutely gorgeous! The colours, the fabrics and the way you made the design your own…. beautiful!

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    Aug 29, 2011, 07.17 AMby poppykettle

    This whoops ass – Love it!

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    Aug 29, 2011, 03.46 AMby urbandon

    Simply beautiful. You are a the best with Pattern Magic.

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      Aug 29, 2011, 06.20 AMby carolyn-s

      thank you Don!

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    Aug 29, 2011, 02.42 AMby tessi

    WOW! Simply stunning and the color combo is spot-on!

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      Aug 29, 2011, 06.21 AMby carolyn-s

      thank you very much!

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    Aug 28, 2011, 11.41 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

    oh so lovely! what a great dress to run around in the sunshine with :) oh and silk jersey? amazing!

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      Aug 29, 2011, 06.21 AMby carolyn-s

      thanks! and thank goodness for sunshine! The fabric was on special ;)

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    Aug 28, 2011, 06.37 PMby suribabe

    Stunning dress and I like the contrasting colours.

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      Aug 29, 2011, 06.22 AMby carolyn-s

      thank you!

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    Aug 28, 2011, 05.43 PMby taracat

    Love love love this!

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    Aug 28, 2011, 05.35 PMby lizah

    this is adorable! love the color combination. I have that book, and I’ve been thinking about making this for a long time now but never gotten to it. But I might just do it now after seeing your lovely dress!

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      Aug 29, 2011, 06.22 AMby carolyn-s

      thankyou, and I hope you do make this dress!

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    Aug 28, 2011, 05.23 PMby smallone

    ah you always make the most inspiring stuff…i just love what you did here!

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      Aug 29, 2011, 06.23 AMby carolyn-s

      thank you!

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    Aug 28, 2011, 03.42 PMby dottty

    Another WOW, you must be chuffed to bits jj:)x

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    Aug 28, 2011, 02.10 PMby tamezdc

    Lovely dress. It seems very comfortable too.

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      Aug 29, 2011, 06.23 AMby carolyn-s

      thank you, and yes it is very comfy. All the fabrics are stretchy!

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    Aug 28, 2011, 01.35 PMby max

    Love the color combination and the twist.

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    Aug 28, 2011, 01.32 PMby Lora Martinez

    Love the dress, the contrast in colours look great!

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    Aug 28, 2011, 12.08 PMby nocjestciemna

    bueatiful dress, and the colours really suit you!

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      Aug 29, 2011, 06.25 AMby carolyn-s

      thank you!

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    Aug 28, 2011, 11.36 AMby mokosha

    amazing dress.. color combination is great, and fit is perfect.. and you can change petticoats and give your dress as many different looks as you like..

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      Aug 29, 2011, 06.24 AMby carolyn-s

      thank you! I hadn’t thought of changing the colours underneath, but that is a great idea!

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      Sep 8, 2011, 12.04 PMby pattipalmer

      carolyn, plz DO let us see if you ever pair the outer dress with something else…
      i’d love to take a look!

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    Aug 28, 2011, 10.56 AMby ilksen bahşi

    wow very nice

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    Aug 28, 2011, 10.50 AMby luxihere

    lovely! good work!

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      Aug 29, 2011, 06.24 AMby carolyn-s

      thank you!

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