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Sunny Dress Through the Rain

Added Feb 11, 2010

by Veronica Dar...

Shanghai, China






A darling summer frock, using a Butterick pattern bodice piece, but with my own improvised waistband and gathered skirt. Gorgeous!

  • Update March 2011 * I’m so sorry guys, I didn’t realise so many of you commented and wanted the pattern number, it’s Butterick 3526, and I’ve linked to my blog below in the credits so you can see the pattern cover!

I’ll check back more often now that I’ve seen such a brilliant response!

Material Notes

A secondhand tablecloth, zipper, thread




Garment Type


Butterick 3526

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    Feb 22, 2010, 11.23 AMby summerpickles

    hooray! so exciting to see you mentioned in the newsletter! and such gorgeous pics :) (loved the sneaky abc logo in there too…) well done you! x

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      Mar 28, 2011, 09.56 AMby Veronica Darling

      I didn’t even know I was in the newsletter! How did I miss this? xoxo

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    Feb 16, 2010, 10.20 PMby arabellas

    What was the pattern number? This dress is adorable!!

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      Mar 28, 2011, 09.53 AMby Veronica Darling

      Hiya, I didn’t realise there were so many comments here til now, so it’s Butterick 3526

      Sorry for my late reply!

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    Feb 16, 2010, 10.07 AMby ladidoh

    love the colour, love the collar, and can’t believe the dress was once a tablecloth! would love to know the pattern for the bodice – it would make a great top on its own as well.

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      Mar 28, 2011, 09.53 AMby Veronica Darling

      Hey, sorry for my lateness, it’s Butterick 3526

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    Feb 16, 2010, 12.50 AMby simplyscraps

    I would love to make a similar dress! Where is the pattern from?

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      Mar 28, 2011, 09.53 AMby Veronica Darling

      Hiya, it’s Butterick 3526

      Apols I didn’t get round to reading all these comments til now! WHOA!

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    Feb 15, 2010, 08.47 PMby suribabe

    Wow, love the dress and colour.

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    Feb 14, 2010, 11.25 PMby pixelink

    I hear Sydney’s been soaked lately, this dress would surely brighten things…truly amazing work!!!

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    Feb 14, 2010, 06.59 AMby craziemirrie

    I’ve never seen a table cloth look so good. It’s beautiful :)

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    Feb 13, 2010, 02.05 PMby laurii

    it’s a really lovely dress! :)

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    Feb 13, 2010, 01.43 AMby gdac

    You must share which pattern you used – love the collar

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    Feb 12, 2010, 03.16 PMby nettevivante

    What a great dress! You look wonderful on your photos! Somehow they remind me of Mary Poppins. I guess it is because of the umbrella. Love it!

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    Feb 12, 2010, 02.15 PMby soubrette

    It’s a fabulous dress, love the colour and the collar and of course I can’t ignore the FAB shoes ;)

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    Feb 12, 2010, 04.56 AMby alanagrace

    LOVE the shoes, where are they from? I agree with elisana, the dress looked like silk before, but no, the tablecloth fabric looks great and has done a swell job. I imagine the dress is quite a nice weight? Not too heavy but not light/ flimsy?

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      Mar 28, 2011, 09.54 AMby Veronica Darling

      Heya, it is a heavier weight, but not too heavy, you’re spot on!

      The shoes were given to me from a friend who knew I had small feet!

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    Feb 12, 2010, 04.41 AMby gdac

    Super sensational!!! PS You’ve got great pins too! :O)

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    Feb 12, 2010, 12.20 AMby fashionqueen920


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    Feb 11, 2010, 10.54 PMby dewreb

    This is so adorable! I love the scalloped collar!

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    Feb 11, 2010, 10.30 PMby casadell

    LOVE the dress and the shoes are to die for!!

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    Feb 11, 2010, 10.12 PMby seemane

    Wonderful! A touch of sunshine on a rainy day – great :)

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    Feb 11, 2010, 09.07 PMby anna agyekum

    you look amazing! love the dress!

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    Feb 11, 2010, 09.06 PMby mcerin

    I love this! I too love to retool things like tablecloths.

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    Feb 11, 2010, 08.47 PMby calicocouture

    What a fun dress!

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    Feb 11, 2010, 06.21 PMby victors

    It’s beautiful ;)

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    Feb 11, 2010, 04.45 PMby Laura Jane

    thats amaziin awww i love it x

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    Feb 11, 2010, 04.44 PMby rebeccalady

    i love it!! so pretty, and i love the collar :)

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    Feb 11, 2010, 04.37 PMby sohenry

    your deress is so cute, and u look like a doll

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    Feb 11, 2010, 03.11 PMby elisana

    wow! what a gorgeous dress! it fits you perfectly, beautiful details. When I first saw the pic, I had the impression it was silk. yay for good looking table cloths!

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    Feb 11, 2010, 03.10 PMby bbug59

    Fantastic – what a beautiful color on you – and shoes to match.

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    Feb 11, 2010, 03.10 PMby BeYou TiFul

    This is gorgeous. The pics are also very artistic.

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    Feb 11, 2010, 01.30 PMby ink

    Wow you look so super cute in that dress!!!!! You look like a doll! That dress is fabulous. I find that that kind of collar is difficult to pull off….IT IS stunning on you! So sharp and really sophisticated. I love that fact that you used a tablecloth! unbelievable! Congratulations….really really beautiful! (You look like you absolutely love the dress also!)

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      Mar 28, 2011, 09.55 AMby Veronica Darling

      Thank you! I’m so overwhelmed by these lovely comments! :)

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    Feb 11, 2010, 01.22 PMby luxihere

    I am inspired by the collar and planning to sew a similar collared outfit for my daughter! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Feb 11, 2010, 12.49 PMby skwarynia

    Wooooow I love it! That’s a dress I wanted:) And those pics-adorable:) With your shoes-you look perfect. Could you tell me how much fabric did you use for the skirt [length] ? I love your fullness effect, and now i’m sewing very similar dress but I don’t know how much fabric I do need to achieve such a good effect:)

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