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Sewing retreat vintage dress!

Added Jul 19, 2010

by alden

Brooklyn, New Yo...






At our week long sewing retreat with the amazing Sandra Betzina and group of amazing (and amazingly talented women) we challenged ourselves to create something which would push our skill level. I brought a 1940s vintage pattern (my mom found some my size!) which was disintegrating before my very eyes. After much tracing and a couple muslins i started to get to work! I learned how to adjust patterns to fit my size and measurements and even learned, after much practice and stressing, to make bound button holes!

Material Notes

Cotton/poly blend from britex




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Cotton, Blends, Shirting

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    Jul 17, 2011, 05.18 AMby RoniBarr

    Awsome dress – great pattern and you look really good in it! Not themodel thin type myself, you give me inspiration to try something vintage-y. :) Thanks a lot!

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    Jul 31, 2010, 12.46 AMby rifka

    Look at you! You’ve never looked more lovely. I think the style of this dress absolutely suits you. You may have been born in the wrong era!

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    Jul 21, 2010, 11.07 PMby sunnilj9

    So fresh, so darling and those kimono style sleeves are so lovely! I love the belt too! Great style and perfect fit job!

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    Jul 21, 2010, 10.23 PMby learningnewtricks

    I agree with all the others — great job fitting the dress, it’s so flattering on you. You can easily make this dress in a casual or conservative print.

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    Jul 21, 2010, 09.34 AMby thulisibeko

    this dress is Stunning I would say can make a good corporate casual dress with a coat ..good

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    Jul 21, 2010, 09.05 AMby handmadebyfreya

    What a lovely dress! Well done on learning how to alter the pattern and do the bound button holes – something I have yet to master!

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    Jul 21, 2010, 06.05 AMby in-stockholm

    It’s a very pretty dress! I have yet to learn to make bound buttonholes …

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    Jul 21, 2010, 05.36 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    sewing retreat?? i want to go there as well……… and if i see, what came out of this, even more so! this dress is lovely and so well done!

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    Jul 20, 2010, 11.58 PMby vote1rachel

    Sewing retreat! How lovely!! Beautiful pattern, I’d be stressing too about the button holes. I am still yet to attempt to do them with my machine.

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    Jul 20, 2010, 08.51 PMby lolasangel

    Very cute! And with the hairstyle it’s perfect. :)

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    Jul 20, 2010, 08.11 PMby Diane Egelston

    Alden, your dress is beautiful!! Love the styling and those buttons are perfect!

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    Jul 20, 2010, 07.44 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    umm, i’m sorry. WHAT?! ain’t you the chick who recently took on circle skirts in fear?

    this is fantastic! beautifully made and it is perfect on you.

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    Jul 20, 2010, 07.18 PMby tamezdc

    very nice dress!

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    Jul 20, 2010, 06.48 PMby nehmah

    Just the right dress for Summer!

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    Jul 20, 2010, 06.46 PMby wzrdreams

    Oh, this is so flattering. I hope you keep that pattern for future use!

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    Jul 20, 2010, 06.45 PMby candicestoenail

    so gorgeous

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    Jul 20, 2010, 06.20 PMby itssimplychelsea

    aww, you’re so cute Alden! I’m very impressed!

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    Jul 20, 2010, 06.00 PMby magdamagda

    congrats, it looks naturally chic!

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    Jul 20, 2010, 05.25 PMby zickzack

    Very very beautiful! I also think it looks perfect with the belt. A successfuls sewing retreat (I’m jealous : ) )!! Maybe I should include some new techniques in my next projects, too..

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    Jul 20, 2010, 04.31 PMby nuiwida23

    Alden, you are gorgeous! What a great dress, I think the belt looks perfect with it…fantastic job with the fitting :)

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    Jul 20, 2010, 04.12 PMby lunatepetal

    so beautiful, and looks GREAT on you, Alden!! makes me want to try vintage sewing/patterns :)

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