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Post-hiking Dress

Added Jun 11, 2012

by imogens

Melbourne, Austr...






I just spent six weeks hiking across Spain in hideous hiking clothes, so when I got home I was in the mood to sew up something classy.

Enter Vogue Special Design 4627 from 1955. I’ve had this pattern and the fabric – which I knew was destined for this dress – in my stash for more than a year. I knew I’d have to fiddle a lot to get the fit right on the bodice though, so I’d been putting the whole thing off. I’m glad I finally made it up, even if I did have to spend a whole day on the muslin.

Material Notes

Dana Buchman wool jacquard in navy
Belt is from grosgrain ribbon and an antique buckle from Chapel St Bazaar




Winter, Fall
Garment Type

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    Jun 13, 2012, 01.42 PMby libra-s

    Wow! Very pretty!

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    Jun 12, 2012, 05.30 AMby peppit

    What a stunning figure you got there girl! It sure makes the dress looking even more stunning. Well, well done!!. I particularly like the design of the bodice. All in all a snug dress on the right body. I’m jealous… Again. P.S. Extra points for the effort on the woven label, once supplied by the pattern maker.

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    Jun 12, 2012, 04.04 AMby caterina1980

    Great dress and colour this looks stunning!

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    Jun 12, 2012, 03.17 AMby poppykettle

    This dress is totally gorgeous – I love the colour and style lines. And I felt exactly the same way after backpacking through south america – a desperate need to make and wear something a bit pretty!

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    Jun 11, 2012, 08.52 PMby jacquipardue

    very beautiful!

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    Jun 11, 2012, 07.42 PMby Glenville Hughes

    Yep well worth the effort it,s lovely

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    Jun 11, 2012, 06.33 PMby anneecharri

    love it!

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    Jun 11, 2012, 06.23 PMby LiverpoolFi

    Wow! Just love this, beautiful x

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    Jun 11, 2012, 06.23 PMby LiverpoolFi

    Wow! Just love this, beautiful x

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    Jun 11, 2012, 05.32 PMby step-van-b

    Wow, this dress is so classy. I’m sure you will wear it many years. Looks great on you.

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    Jun 11, 2012, 04.55 PMby Irene Jones - Arias

    Great dress, you look beautiful in it!

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    Jun 11, 2012, 03.22 PMby apfelbluete

    WOW! great! very good fit and great job!

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    Jun 11, 2012, 02.47 PMby Mari Np

    What a nice dress and a perfect color and fit! Very classy indeed.

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    Jun 11, 2012, 12.31 PMby schnui

    This is so lovely this dress and so well worth the effort. I am about to go on a hiking journey in Bulgaria, so I hope I come home to Brisbane as inspired and determined as you to sew up such a lovely dress.

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    Jun 11, 2012, 11.04 AMby Binita Shrestha

    Wow, what a perfect fit. Love your belt too.

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    Jun 11, 2012, 11.02 AMby redslippers

    just stunning!! perfect fit on the bodice- well worth the effort i think.

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