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Printemps & Jonquilles

Added Mar 27, 2010

by threadsquare

Somerville, Mass...






My February project, posted at the end of March. I actually started this dress a couple of years ago (gasp!), but really wanted to finish it before moving on to bigger & better things. I had it entirely cut out and partially sewn up when I a) got engaged and focused on the total DIY wedding, and b) became frustrated with puckering seams. Now that I’ve had more practice with sheer & flimsy fabrics, I was able to tackle unpicking everything and putting it back together.

I knew I’d need a slip, and my lovely vintage full slip is just a tad too long at the hem, and the bust peeks out too much above the collar. (Do women not wear slips any longer? I love them so much better than all that Spanx junk, and they feel so sexy!) So the night before these photos were taken, I found the Bambi pattern & whipped it up the next morning (separate post to come) from left over charmeuse. I lengthened the chemise to what I thought would be an appropriate slip length, but after seeing the photos, I realize I’m going to have to make another, even longer version. Looks like a total faux pas doesn’t it? All that difference between the slip and the dress. Eek!

What else would I do differently? Not wait so long to finish! I’d also use a light sew-in interfacing. When I started this dress, I was still using fusible interfacing, and the collar and armbands are a bit too stiff for my liking. I do have more fabric, so could have re-cut the pieces, but simply wanted to finish. Oh, and I wouldn’t lose the neck facing piece, whip one up on the fly, then find it upon clean-up! Overall, I’m pretty happy to be finally be able to wear this.

Material Notes

polyester (I know, I know…but the print was so cute!), invisible zip, interfacing, buttons



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Garment Type
Classic, Romantic


Burda magazine

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    Mar 30, 2010, 09.57 PMby Isabel Alexander

    Lovely, and you look incredibly cute in it. I’d love a black one like this with a white collar. Sort of like a Wednesday dress, I guess.

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    Mar 30, 2010, 07.49 PMby samanthaapril

    I think this dress looks lovely, and fits you so well. I had an idea for a quickie-fix for the slip…how about adding a piece of vintage-looking lace or eyelet to the bottom to make it a few inches longer? I think that would add to the sexiness too ;o).

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      Mar 30, 2010, 08.39 PMby threadsquare

      Ooh, great idea! I’m going to make a second, just so I can keep this one for shorter garments. But the longer version would be sexy if I lengthened with lace, versus more charmeuse :)

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    Mar 30, 2010, 06.01 PMby heatherbee

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    Mar 30, 2010, 07.34 AMby celesteb

    I love this pattern! I don’t have the magazine it was in – does anyonw else know where I could get it? Thanks

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      Mar 30, 2010, 01.59 PMby threadsquare

      Sometimes they sell patterns from the magazine as a stand-alone set. I did a quick check on the site and didn’t see it, though. You may be able to purchase a back issue through them or on ebay.

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    Mar 30, 2010, 07.20 AMby tilly-vanilly

    Such a pretty dress! I thought the difference in lengths between the dress and the slip was intentional – v. sexy!

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    Mar 30, 2010, 03.12 AMby mlssfshn

    Beautiful work and I love the print…………even though(GASP!!!)it’s polyester( how dreadful)=)

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    Mar 29, 2010, 08.35 PMby fraiche

    OMG, are you on the Minuteman bike path?? LOVE this dress!

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      Mar 29, 2010, 09.04 PMby threadsquare

      Nope, but it sure looks like it! Thanks! I was just checking out your romper…wish I wore shorts, because that is adorable. And seersucker!.

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    Mar 29, 2010, 03.19 PMby prudencerabbit

    Very cute! I love the rounded collar. Your dog is adorable, too. Is she part Border Collie?

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      Mar 29, 2010, 04.53 PMby threadsquare

      Thank you :) We think she is…she’s intelligent, high-energy, and moody (that last part we think is from her dogmom, who was a Cocker Spaniel).

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      Mar 29, 2010, 07.01 PMby prudencerabbit

      Yup, sounds like it—my young BC is a sweetie and super smart, but went through three homes before I adopted her, just because she is so high-energy. By the way, congrats on your feature today!

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      Mar 29, 2010, 07.41 PMby threadsquare

      No way! I didn’t even notice I had made to the featured projects. That totally made my day :) My dog is crazy, but I’m such a BC freak now. They rock!

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    Mar 29, 2010, 09.46 AMby nessys

    I think this dress is very cute! Slips can be a pain in the butt and I like you, prefer the older style that don’t suffocate your body I will have to sus out the Bambi creation when you post it. It will a lovely dress for the warmer weather.

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    Mar 28, 2010, 06.32 PMby threadsquare

    Thank you, everyone! It feels so good to finish an old project. The result isn’t perfect, but perfectly wearable :)

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    Mar 28, 2010, 04.15 AMby carolyn-s

    Great looking dress! I like the black buttons with it, too.

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    Mar 28, 2010, 01.49 AMby scheryka

    Looks lovely and lovely on you. You’ve done an awesome job. I am loving the collar.

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      Mar 28, 2010, 06.27 PMby threadsquare

      So sweet…thank you! I was afraid the collar was a bit much, but it’s really grown on me.

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    Mar 27, 2010, 10.42 PMby loyl8

    really cute and adorable on you!! great job!!

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    Mar 27, 2010, 07.04 PMby amandamechele

    What a fantastic day dress. It has a wonderful 1940s vintage appeal. Congrats on finishing the project!

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      Mar 28, 2010, 06.13 PMby threadsquare

      Thanks! I felt it had a reall 40’s vibe going on, too :)

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    Mar 27, 2010, 04.30 PMby frkbustad

    It’s a gorgeous dress! I totally agree on the fabric being really cute. The collar is very nice, and makes the shirtdress style very elegant. And slips are great… They make you feel so elegant and feminine!

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      Mar 28, 2010, 06.14 PMby threadsquare

      I know, right…I want to live in slips now. Thanks!

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    Mar 27, 2010, 03.30 PMby BeYou TiFul

    Wow I love this, I like the vintage look!

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    Mar 27, 2010, 03.08 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    i actually kind of like the difference between the slip hem and the dress hem, very sexy!

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      Mar 28, 2010, 06.24 PMby threadsquare

      Really? I feel like I made a big mistake, like Tim Gunn would be knitting his eyebrows, holding his hand to his chin, questioning the look. It’s good to get another perspective though!

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      Mar 29, 2010, 12.33 AMby oscarthegrouch108

      it’s not like the dress’ hemline is at mid thigh and the slip is even shorter!

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    Mar 27, 2010, 02.28 PMby sewingjuliet

    nice dress and a lovely dog!

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      Mar 28, 2010, 06.28 PMby threadsquare

      Thanks! She’s a bit of a rascal, but I love her madly.

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    Mar 27, 2010, 01.48 PMby helenadoll

    The collar and the buttons are very cute!

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    Mar 27, 2010, 11.31 AMby irmchen

    Great dress, it just suits to my taste…. and your pictures are fantastic! :-)

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    Mar 27, 2010, 08.05 AMby bbug59

    Looks terrific. What pattern did you use??

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      Mar 28, 2010, 06.17 PMby threadsquare

      Thank you! It’s a pattern from the February, 2007 issue of Burda magazine, pattern number 124. The series features black, white and red garments with a vintage & French feel to them. I want to make more :)

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    Mar 27, 2010, 07.24 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    congratulations to this dress! and also to your ability to see yourself what you could do better on the dress. this is such a big step and it helps you to improve with your projects. i do NOT think, that your collar and wriste looks too stiff it is really just right. the lenght of your slip might look great if it is either much shorter (very sexy) or just the right lenght. this inbetween lenght just does not do it.

    aside of this, the dress (and your pictures!!!!) are GREAT!!!!!

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      Mar 28, 2010, 06.19 PMby threadsquare

      Danke! I agree…finishing something instead of giving up definitely helps me learn and improve (along with all the amazing people here!). I’m off to order more silk for a longer slip. I’m addicted to them now :)

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    Mar 27, 2010, 05.39 AMby nglalala

    Looks great!

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    Mar 27, 2010, 03.16 AMby cquinn13

    it looks great! (even with the slip difference) congrats on finishing! i’ve got so many old projects lying around, it’s scary :D

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      Mar 28, 2010, 06.21 PMby threadsquare

      Thank you! I have a few more oldies that need to be finished, too. It feels great to wrap them up, though. You can do it!

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