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Purple Parlor Dress

Added Apr 24, 2010

by radicaledward

Canberra, Australia






My first ‘real’ piece of finished clothing!
Made this dress for my sister-inlaws wedding
The purple cotton was picked up one sale and was supposed to be a test to make sure the pattern fit in all the right places
The pattern was simple to follow, although I needed to add about 10 cm to the length of the bodice so that the waist actually sat in the right place -I have an incredibly long body and short legs though, so this may not be the same for everybody
I also closed the pleat on the back, it looked funny on my broad shoulders
Took me a day to cut all the pieces and sew them together and another day to finish the topstitiching and cover the buttons
All in all very very pleased with how this came out!

Apologies for the terrible photos, I’ll post the wedding pics when they’re sent through

Material Notes

Purple Cotton
Self covered/fabric buttons




Garment Type


Ceylon Dress

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    Apr 26, 2010, 11.49 PMby radicaledward

    Thanks all for your comments!! I’ll chase down those wedding photos asap :)

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    Apr 25, 2010, 05.21 PMby frkbustad

    This pattern seems never to fail… it looks fabulous! Great work!

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    Apr 25, 2010, 08.07 AMby msgems

    Gorgeous! I love this pattern and really really want it.. one day it will be mine!! Looking forward to full photos!

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    Apr 24, 2010, 11.14 AMby gillthecat

    covered buttons, mines are always rough any tips, your frock looks fab

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      Apr 26, 2010, 11.48 PMby radicaledward

      This was mt first time with the buttons, so I followed the instructions
      ~cut the circle of fabric
      ~stitch running stitches around the circle
      ~Pull tight around the button facing
      ~Add plastic backing and force tight onto button facing

      But I found that going around the little circle of fabric a couple of times after I’d pulled the running stitches tight around the button facing to pull the fabric really taut before adding the little plastic round thingy helped make them look alot nicer, and then making sure the plastic thing was pushed as far as I could get it to go (making sure the fabric was really tight) I used the back of a butter knife for that
      I also ironed all of my little circles before stitching them to make sure they sat flat against the button facing
      I hope that helps, they’re not perfect, but they suit their purpose!

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    Apr 24, 2010, 07.00 AMby tilly-vanilly

    Ooh it looks great in purple. I made this dress in red. Love it!

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    Apr 24, 2010, 01.17 AMby brenda42

    Gorgeous – Love the color and pattern. You did a great job. I’ll look forward to the wedding photos!

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