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Retro Wool Dress

Added Jan 26, 2016

by SeamRacer

St. Louis, Misso...






Sooner than later, while the weather here is quite cold, I’ve made Burda’s new vintage re-release pattern into a warm and cozy coat-style dress. It is listed as a winter 1957-1958 winter pattern, so I chose a thick wool in a purple hounds tooth check and lined it in grey broadcloth to keep it from being itchy. I had some problems fitting the pattern as it seems to run small, especially in the sleeves and skirt portion. My slight changes are that I added my own self drafted, snap-down triangular flaps to keep the side seam pockets closed, added underarm gussets to give me room to move my arms, and tacked down the top neckline to look like lapel flaps. This is a wonderful dress and my new winter favorite! To see more pictures and read more details, please visit my blog page https://seamracer.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/as-heavy-as-the-weather/




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Wool

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    Jan 31, 2016, 04.41 PMby RedBelka

    Beautiful dress! Very well done!

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    Jan 31, 2016, 05.24 AMby rita61

    Great dress and styling.

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    Jan 30, 2016, 08.15 PMby lauriana

    Very pretty!

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    Jan 28, 2016, 11.49 AMby chula123

    you’ve really managed to create the retro look there, especially with the hat and gloves, well done

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    Jan 28, 2016, 11.08 AMby matkailijakirppu

    Very elegant! :)

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    Jan 28, 2016, 07.04 AMby martinK

    great work of sewing. Looks great on you!

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    Jan 27, 2016, 07.38 AMby floralgirl

    Gorgeous retro style dress-gloves and hat are fab too!

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      Jan 28, 2016, 02.59 AMby SeamRacer

      Thank you, this dress really gets compliments when I wear it, too. I haven’t yet tried a totally modern styling with the dress, but I might yet…anyway, I love to pick up cheap great condition vintage items such as my hat and gloves and it’s so fun when I come up with an outfit they happen to work with!

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    Jan 27, 2016, 03.26 AMby Ricardo Abreu

    Stunning dress

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      Jan 28, 2016, 02.39 AMby SeamRacer

      Thank you for your compliment. I’ve found a new favorite in my winter wardrobe with this!

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    Jan 26, 2016, 06.57 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    It is a wonderful dress indeed. The pattern is nice and the fabric matches it greatly to create a special vintage image. I also like the pictures:-)

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      Jan 27, 2016, 02.49 AMby SeamRacer

      Thank you, Oksana, – I only wish the little bit of gold sparkle in the wool had showed up better ;) The pictures were taken at an old train station.

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    Jan 26, 2016, 06.38 PMby Maria Hayek

    Really nice dress with a proper retro feeling to it :) Looks great on you too.

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      Jan 27, 2016, 02.47 AMby SeamRacer

      Thank you, I used this dress as an opportunity to wear a newly bought 1950’s pill box style hat! Only the hat didn’t keep my ears warm…

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    Jan 26, 2016, 04.59 PMby Nedoux

    Nicely done. :-)

    I like the way you styled the dress, very elegant!

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      Jan 27, 2016, 02.50 AMby SeamRacer

      Thank you, I’m glad to hear you like it!

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    Jan 26, 2016, 02.13 PMby lkwetter

    That’s so cute.

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    Jan 26, 2016, 09.03 AMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress x

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      Jan 27, 2016, 02.43 AMby SeamRacer

      Thank you, Mary!

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    Jan 26, 2016, 08.05 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    What a lovely dress! :)

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      Jan 27, 2016, 02.42 AMby SeamRacer

      Thank you, Ellen!

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