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Princess Dress with a new flair - from vintage fabric inspi...

Added Feb 1, 2014

by Irina Schwab

Aylesbury, Unite...






As soon as I saw this pattern I had to do it.

I was reading “Holes” by Louis Sachar to my older son, and I pictured the teacher turn outlaw Kate Barlow .. just like that. The hair happened to be red :-)

I initially planned a plain colour frock, however, in the meantime, I discovered this very unusual jersey dating back to late 60s or early 70s. Older than I am!

Here is the result!

As described by the pattern authors:

“A pointed hip yoke and box pleat skirt make this architectural style stand out. This proper princess style is mature and original, perfect for understated elegance at a cocktail or office party. It would also look lovely without sleeves!”

I had to choose the buttoned version with button loops. I have placed three buttons on each cuffs and four on the shoulder. Simply because I was restricted by the number of available buttons!

Styled with tweed jacket & velvet accents, by Joules. Tweed brown shoes by Joules. Leather polkadot shoes with patent leather detail by Alberto Bertini. Leather satchel, Jones Bootmakers

Material Notes

vintage polyester




Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Vintage, Classic

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    Feb 21, 2014, 07.54 PMby calatrava92

    Lovely dress, I like it much better with a print patterns!

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      Aug 24, 2014, 06.11 AMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you, calatrava. I only noticed your comments now. My activity feedback did not work for a while! Prints, no prints… I have to try this in plain fabric as well so I can compare!

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    Feb 11, 2014, 05.41 PMby Jelena Mitic

    Very chic, very classy, well done!

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      Aug 24, 2014, 06.10 AMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you, Jelena. I only noticed your comments now. My activity feedback did not work for a while!

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    Feb 4, 2014, 07.38 AMby Debbie Alli

    Gorgeous! I love the vintage fabric – it complements the dress style and agree that just above the knee is a perfect length.

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      Aug 24, 2014, 06.10 AMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you, Debbie. I only noticed your comments now. My activity feedback did not work for a while!

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    Feb 3, 2014, 01.24 AMby rita61

    Great dress; nice fabric.

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    Feb 1, 2014, 06.08 PMby Mary Athey

    This is gorgeous irina and you have styled it perfectly. I love your photos x

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      Feb 2, 2014, 12.14 AMby Irina Schwab

      Oh, Mary, thanks!! How comes you haven’t tried the pattern yet ;-)?

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    Feb 1, 2014, 05.38 PMby sleepy-dumpling

    Gorgeous dress! I love the colour and print of the fabric and the cuffs are so pretty.

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    Feb 1, 2014, 04.39 PMby tessi

    You look wonderful in this dress! I LOVE that you chose the print……I really think I like it better than the solid, even if one can’t see all of the seam details. And, I agree, the dress looks just right with a shorter length. Well done!

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      Feb 2, 2014, 12.13 AMby Irina Schwab

      Thanks, tessi. I agree, the detail is a bit lost… that is why I went for contrast buttons.

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    Feb 1, 2014, 03.41 PMby Irina Schwab

    It should fit ok, because it is a petite dress. I still had to cut 8cm off the hem, it looked a bit too lonk and it is so easy to make it look like a granny’s dress. Ideally it is kept just above knee.

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