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The New Job Dress

Added Sep 13, 2010

by petitejosette

Vancouver, Canada






This is pattern 04-2008-118 from BWOF.
It as a sleeveless dress with contrasting collar, armband and waistband facings. It includes a front exposed zipper, welt-type pockets with a hip-yoke piece and a vertical “flap”. 2 pleats on the skirt align with the pocket flaps.

This is definitely the most contructed and detailed garment I have made so far and I am very happy with the way it turned out.
I did a muslin first, which was very helpful technically, because it helped me practice the various techniques this dress required.

More photos and details on my blog: Petite Josette

Material Notes

print fabric, 97% cotton, 3% Elasthane.
Black Fabric !00% cotton
1 exposed zipper, one invisible




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Jun 28, 2016, 02.08 PMby Franci Kettman

    Great job!

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    Jan 17, 2011, 04.44 PMby Sewing And Style

    great dress- i tried to make one using this pattern- loved the top part and hated the skirt (on me) So I ended up leaving it altogether, however your version made me (for once) regret giving up on it! Well done

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      Jan 18, 2011, 12.45 AMby petitejosette

      Thanks for your comment !
      you could probably keep the top and attach a different skirt, like a simple circle skirt gathered at the waist or something like that…It’s always so disappointing when something you’ve worked on doesn’t turn out the way you hoped…

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    Nov 2, 2010, 03.03 AMby scarletohara

    beautiful dress!!! :D

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    Oct 8, 2010, 09.42 AMby tracey1959

    Amazing dress, you are sooo clever and you look fantastic in it.

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    Sep 19, 2010, 01.27 AMby sallyleigh

    Amazing! I’d pay good money for this.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 07.19 PMby kimboat

    oh so fantastic.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 03.40 PMby crisford1

    That is quite a wonderful dress!

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    Sep 14, 2010, 11.49 AMby mandrych

    Like the fabric choice for this.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 07.18 AMby ginnyl

    This dress looks fantastic, will be definately sewing this.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 01.34 AMby nessys

    This has a lovely 60’s feel to it – your fabric choices are inspired! That zip is a nice feature on the front too – nice job Honey! Fits you like a glove and you look fab.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 01.24 AMby blanche

    Too cute! Great job.

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    Sep 14, 2010, 12.58 AMby paulajean

    You look very powerful in that beautiful, tailored piece. Wow! I don’t know what your job is, but if it doesn’t work out, you might want to look into modeling!

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    Sep 14, 2010, 12.01 AMby distie

    This dress is FABULOUS! I love your fabric choices, and it looks like it was executed flawlessly. Congratulations on a beautiful dress and your new job!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 11.51 PMby halokitty087

    Very nice job! It looks great!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 11.44 PMby Denise Angela

    looks gorgeous on you! I love the black contrast

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    Sep 13, 2010, 09.12 PMby nikkishell

    Amazing dress! Love the style and the fabrics you used.

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    Sep 13, 2010, 06.41 PMby rifka

    Looks great and good luck on the new job!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 04.33 PMby scheryka

    This is very good work. The colors and style is so chic.

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    Sep 13, 2010, 03.36 PMby hasi

    Wonderful! I love the colours. Very chic!!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 03.08 PMby kdreams1

    you did a really good job on this dress..i can’t wait till i’m as good : )

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    Sep 13, 2010, 01.47 PMby geri1609

    Love the dress, I have seen it in an old burda, but as a beginner I am a bit hesitant to start this….

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    Sep 13, 2010, 12.27 PMby corduroysarcasm

    i love it…i love the zipper in the front! I’m also jealous of the new job :)

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    Sep 13, 2010, 12.26 PMby skeeler

    Wow! Cool fabric and lines.

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    Sep 13, 2010, 11.47 AMby jd98

    you’ve done a great job!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 11.08 AMby bohemiannow

    Great job and wonderful fitting, well done!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 10.34 AMby sallyy

    Love this dress I hope I will be able to tacke something like this soon

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    Sep 13, 2010, 10.07 AMby susanne2011

    It looks great! Nice job!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 10.07 AMby susanne2011

    It looks great! Nice job!

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