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The Miracle Dress

Added Apr 6, 2010

by ajtak7171

Vienna, Austria






Why “Miracle”? Because it’s a miracle that this dress not only turned out wearable, but I even like it a lot! On my quest to becoming a better seamstress, I encountered way too many difficulties in one single project.
To list a few: It’s a pattern from 1941 with very little instruction; it was two sizes bigger than I needed it; I chose different fabric than suggested, one being stretchy, the other very light and basically not manageable by machine at all… I had to roll-seam the entire dress (hem, arms, neckline) by hand… I ran out of both fabrics in the end….
The dress has a built-in tank top and is super comfortable. I also like the built-in underskirt. If the wind catches the super light material, I’m still not standing there naked…

Material Notes

Sales-bin stuff from my stash… one very stretchy, one very light (and stretchy in one direction)




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    Aug 2, 2011, 11.59 PMby plethora

    I love this! Wish there were a pattern for it!

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    Apr 20, 2010, 11.32 AMby allyoop

    The dress turned out fantastic! Great job!!!

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    Apr 13, 2010, 01.29 AMby dilshadburman

    Love love loovveee iitttt!!! Instructions?? PLEASE??

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      Apr 13, 2010, 07.28 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you! Well, since I altered, changed, added and invented so much as I went, I have no real pattern for this myself… I am thinking of making some of my old patterns available for others though, but I need to look into the copyright situation… Happy sewing!

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    Apr 11, 2010, 03.23 AMby cheekie

    well you did an amazing job of it! you should consider a project on this one – I think you have a few fans of it!!! lol. be great for summer too… hint hint. :-)

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    Apr 8, 2010, 12.55 PMby frankiesoup

    That dress is just stunning! I love it!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 06.09 AMby nessys

    This really looks superb! And it really flatters your lovely waist! Nice job! Isn’t it fab when the “sewing phoenix” rises from the flames of unwearablity?

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    Apr 7, 2010, 07.03 PMby Ruth Brown

    I want that pattern! It’s wonderful.

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    Apr 7, 2010, 06.55 PMby trailblazer

    This dress is absolutely lovely, I would looove to wear that! Congrats to you on winning the battle, hehe :)

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    Apr 7, 2010, 06.54 PMby tspoon-1

    love it! very flattering…

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    Apr 7, 2010, 06.21 PMby louiseindritz

    Love this, and it is so wearable for any occasion including just wearing a dress! I would have added something underneath for “shadow” too. I do this to anything white or a little light would shine through. When it is a warm weather garment I used light weight solid color cottons.

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    Apr 7, 2010, 06.19 PMby cheekie

    I love it, how ingenious! Is there a zip in the back? which pattern is it??? I really really like it!

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      Apr 8, 2010, 12.08 PMby ajtak7171

      Thank you! There is a zip on the left side… The pattern is from a German magazine from 1941, but as I wrote, it underwent a LOT of alterations…

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    Apr 7, 2010, 05.21 PMby Sally-Ann Hoyne

    Well done. I like your choice of fabrics and it looks really comfortable and practical. That’s a good combination.

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    Apr 7, 2010, 03.00 PMby gillvall

    I really like it! Think I’ll try to make something similar… :)

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    Apr 7, 2010, 04.28 AMby aimifarhana

    this is sooo lovely and fantastic

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    Apr 7, 2010, 12.34 AMby olystyrene

    Looove the 40’s style! Your perseverance really paid off!

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    Apr 6, 2010, 11.04 PMby bbug59

    It is pretty. I like the “built in” features. Great job.

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    Apr 6, 2010, 10.34 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    love, love, love it! i really like the built in underskirt/tank top, a really great idea for light chiffon.

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    Apr 6, 2010, 08.16 PMby brine


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    Apr 6, 2010, 06.37 PMby keren

    this dress is SO COOL!!! I love its shape and the fabric and it sounds like it was “mission impossible” to make! Awesome!!! And it is so unique – I’ve never seen anything like it!

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    Apr 6, 2010, 03.32 PMby mixtlii

    Beautiful, beautiful dress. Congratulations for triumphing over so many problems !!! ;)

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    Apr 6, 2010, 02.13 PMby kniterdone

    That really is lovely! The structure underneath is amazing.

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    Apr 6, 2010, 01.56 PMby lontong

    love it

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    Apr 6, 2010, 01.27 PMby nidhi

    beautiful, great fit! the built in tank top and underskirt are a great idea.

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    Apr 6, 2010, 12.28 PMby libra-s

    You’ve performed a great miracle :)

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