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Signature Flannel Dress

Added Jan 5, 2011

by missjanee

Pine Bush, New Y...






I am really into New England/Rustic style right now. Sadly, I really can’t afford brands like L.L. Bean Signature or Lands End Canvas. I recieved the L.L. Bean’s Signature and saw this beautiful dress but couldn’t afford the $112 price (like always!) but I realized I had a VERY similar fabric in my stash. Mine is a bit more heavy because I’m assuming the dress is made out of a thin shirt-weight to get that nice pleating. But the upside is mine is 100% wool flannel, perfect for the cold weather. I didn’t have enough yardage for sleeves so I ended up having to patch scraps together to make the gathered sleeve, but it worked well enough. Mom thinks it needs new buttons but I haven’t been able to find any I like besides the ones in my stash. I put two patterns together, a vintage shirtwaist 7447 pattern and the skirt pieces 5380 from McCall (which is out of print). It has the three row of horizontal tucks just like the dress, but didn’t have any left overs for the ruffle around the hem and the collar. Unfortunately I left my Rowenta iron in the my dorm for the winter break so the seams/tucks haven’t officially been pressed yet.

Material Notes

2.5 wool flannel, 12 inch zipper on the side, 3 buttons. Probably didn’t spend more than $30 on the project (got the wool at a ridiculous sale last summer).




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Flannel, Wool

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    Jan 6, 2011, 05.40 PMby sewobsessed

    Way to make your sewing pay off, beautiful job and dress!

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    Jan 5, 2011, 10.18 PMby mixtlii

    That is a very nice, professionnal looking dress!

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    Jan 5, 2011, 10.17 PMby wzrdreams

    So crafty and clever! I also chafed at the prices of LLBean Signature, but I caved and bought their “long” cords (and a chambray shirt) I can say that although their quality is excellent, we sewists are more than capable of making these items ourselves. Good job!

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    Jan 5, 2011, 09.03 PMby kihli

    You did a great job making this dress! It really is very similar to its example, and with the short sleeves you will be able to wear it in summer, too!

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