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Stylish Dress Book 1 - Spotted Pinafore, pattern E

Added Jul 16, 2010

by mischi

Singapore, Singa...






The pattern is pattern E from the Stylish Dress Book. I made the size 9 dress this time rather than the 11 [which I’d made for my Owl Dress] and I think that the fit is definitely an improvement, it’s not as floaty by far, but then again, the fabric is also much heavier. I ran out of fabric for the sleeves as I hadn’t originally intended to make a dress with the fabric, but I actually love that I can wear tops underneath it now too. The diagrams were easy to follow as usual and my mother showed me how to make tailor’s tacks for the pleats which made them perfect. It was the first time I pleated fabric and I think it worked well. The dress is really brilliant to wear and I love the practicality of the patch pockets. I bought some beige linen to make another that I can wear across seasons.

Material Notes

Blue-grey linen with white spots. Matching thread in blue-grey. Both from Tessuti fabrics, Melbourne.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Linen, Wool

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    Jan 14, 2011, 06.41 AMby hannnc

    Fantastic! I’m about to make this dress, glad to see another version to bring confidence to my decisions! It’s a lovely pattern book isn’t it :)

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    Jul 27, 2010, 08.21 PMby ohnapoleon

    I love how fashionable but also functional this looks! It fits you perfectly! But how did you understand the instructions!?!

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      Jul 28, 2010, 02.01 AMby mischi

      Thanks! For the most part the diagrams are amazing and you need nothing else to go by! I’d thoroughly encourage you to buy a pattern book, I have 2 and am considering a 3rd

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    Jul 17, 2010, 07.17 PMby smalldose

    I really need to buy this book. Adorable pinafore! I love that so many of the SB dresses are knee length, too.

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      Jul 28, 2010, 02.03 AMby mischi

      Do it! The books are great. I actually had to add length to this one, though I’m not very tall… but I really love where it falls.

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    Jul 16, 2010, 12.55 PMby zickzack

    This is cute! I like the placement of the pockets; very often people sew them on too high or too low (In my opinion)

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      Jul 17, 2010, 12.24 PMby mischi

      Thanks! They’re such an awesome size too- i love pockets of any type. I’ve had a plan for a while too to make a few pin on pockets – must get round to it soon :)

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    Jul 16, 2010, 11.47 AMby sewobsessed

    I love this! I also have this book and love the designs. I am not sure how the sizing runs, what size pattern would you usually use? Thank you.

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      Jul 17, 2010, 10.17 AMby mischi

      Hi, thanks for the comment. I made the 11 initially for my owl dress http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/owl-dress, which was where my measurements fitted into the size chart, but found that the Japanese sizing trends quite loosely so gave the 9 a try this time.

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    Jul 16, 2010, 11.26 AMby Inge Steins

    You made this??!?!? Wauw..It looks awesome…

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      Jul 17, 2010, 10.19 AMby mischi

      Thanks Inge!! It’s super lovely to wear!

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    Jul 16, 2010, 10.31 AMby szarlotka

    sweet :)

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    Jul 16, 2010, 08.46 AMby carolyn-s

    This looks great! And I love how you’ve styled it…

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    Jul 16, 2010, 07.05 AMby candicestoenail

    aw, i love how you put the outfit together. really cutee

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    Jul 16, 2010, 06.49 AMby sandrasews

    Super cute. Looove Tessuti.

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      Jul 17, 2010, 12.26 PMby mischi

      Yeah – I can never leave without a new piece of fabric to add to my growing stash…. their sales are deadly!

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