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Retro autumnal ensemble

Added Oct 22, 2011

by Irina Schwab

Aylesbury, Unite...






This is a two part outfit based on Simplicity 8090, an original pattern from 1969.

I had to adjust the pattern to fit my size, and I used the collar as a neck interfacing, but, otherwise, it is a faithful project to the original pattern.

I wanted to sew something for the colder days of autumn, more wearable and classy at the same time. I chose the pattern and initially intended to make a block colour outfit. I changed my mind when I came across this low stretch retro, geometric print fabric which I bough last year.

The skirt is fully lined and has a pearl button at the back. For the top, I chose the sleeved version with a a belt and a bow on the side.

I accesorized it with Rupert Sanderson nude patent leather shoes (as featured in the August and September issues of Burda Magazine), Wallis coat and chuncky ring, fabric rose from House of Fraser, Radley bag and Joules boutique beads.

Material Notes

stretchy polyester fabric with retro print




Garment Type


Simplicity 8090

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    Nov 14, 2011, 07.37 AMby zarreen

    wow, I love this fabric!

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    Nov 13, 2011, 10.15 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    ooh! love the fabric choice for the pattern!

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    Nov 13, 2011, 04.01 AMby mstadabsta

    thats so cute. your poses are so cute. you are so cute. go youuuuuuu. you da bomb.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 04.40 PMby runningwithscissors1

    Very classy! I love it. The print suits the outfit so well.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 04.04 PMby Tracey McGowan Wirth

    This is really awesome! Great Job!

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    Oct 27, 2011, 10.12 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Wow, very successful! Love the fabric, it works so well with the pattern. Great stuff!

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    Oct 25, 2011, 04.41 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Great colors and styling.

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      Oct 25, 2011, 06.12 PMby Irina Schwab

      you are so kind, as always. Thank you.

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    Oct 23, 2011, 02.46 PMby janene

    I love this dress very much! It is so so chic! Im so glad you decided to use this fabric. Its amazing! Very inspiring. Im just working on a muslin for a vintage dress and this has really spurred me on!

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      Oct 25, 2011, 06.12 PMby Irina Schwab

      yes, go for it! I cannot wait to see it!

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    Oct 23, 2011, 12.23 PMby sewtake2

    Oh wow-that is a fantastic outfit. You’ll get so many flattering comments when you wear it!

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      Oct 25, 2011, 06.11 PMby Irina Schwab

      I am over the moon, I went out for a meal and a lady told me she was 100% this was a designer outfit. I am sure you guys get this for the made dresses you wear. We are sooo cool!

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    Oct 23, 2011, 05.57 AMby libbysharf

    I love it!! wow, such a pretty retro dress! I would kill for that fabric :-)

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      Oct 25, 2011, 06.09 PMby Irina Schwab

      I bought it in East Europe – Romania, where fabrics are sold per kilogram in some shops! whenevr I visit I come back with kilograms of different fabrics, works a lot cheaper!

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