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The Coraline Dress

Added May 27, 2009

by pixxxiepie

Austin, Texas, U...






This is a whimsical jumper dress in spring green with puffy/short sleeved blouse in complimentary shades of ivory and green lawn. Jumper dress is made from a vintage pattern (1970’s) and features buttons down the back and straps that crisscross and button at front. Blouse is puff sleeve variety with Peter Pan style collar.

The first 4 pics of the garment are a bit “work in progress” in many ways. At this point I still needed to give Coraline another good ironing and remove the chalk guide lines. These pics where also taken a bit hastily. Not that my kitchen and sewing room don’t have their charms…They definitely do. But I still wanted to take some better pics.

Pictures 5-9 are the final shots and I’m uber pleased! I handled dress form placement while my talented hubby handled the photographing. I was a bit opposed at the idea of the outdoor photo shoot, but the weather was cooperative and some good shots where taken.

It’s the old fashioned look of this that I love the most. We just don’t make clothing like this anymore. I can’t remember the last time I had a dress with buttons marching down the back….

Patterns used: Burda 7831 and Simplicity Vintage Jumper Dress Pattern 6926.

Material Notes

100% Cotton, buttons, interfacing, cotton thread, elastic cording




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    May 20, 2010, 04.41 PMby ducksrfriends

    Wow, great dress. Definitely more of what I wanted my Sabrina to be…. I love the buttons up the back.

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    Jun 2, 2009, 12.37 AMby sew4my3

    What a beautiful outfit! I love the color and the design! I have to agree with you about clothing not being made like this anymore, that is why we need to treasure our old patterns! Great job and I look forward to seeing your next creation!

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    May 29, 2009, 04.47 PMby pixxxiepie

    Thanks for all the awesome comments you guys! So encouraging:) My next version of this will be red on the jumper dress…but I have yet to find a red and white print for the top though. Oh well, something to hunt for for. I found this roll of jumbo width black rickrack too. Maybe I’ll use some of that next time too.

    Anyhooo. Thanks again for all the great feedback!

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    May 29, 2009, 12.20 PMby safemme

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE this! It is so amazing! And I think the buttons are my favorite part! Oh, and the color! And the cut! Heck – I just love it all!

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    May 28, 2009, 09.31 PMby carmenhf

    This old-fashioned look is so sweet. Nice work!

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    May 28, 2009, 03.50 PMby missuscrime

    Looks great! I love it!

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    May 28, 2009, 09.31 AMby hajnika

    Great outfit,and very well made! Just I love them!

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    May 28, 2009, 09.17 AMby haleema

    Your time was well spent! You made a lovely outfit. I love the spring colors as well as the style of both the blouse and the jumper.
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    May 28, 2009, 12.21 AMby aibby

    I absolutely love this, the blouse is perfect. Love the colours and the pics too.

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    May 27, 2009, 03.47 PMby emilykate

    Both peices are so cute!

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    May 27, 2009, 01.31 PMby lelie


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