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The Partly Sunny Frock Free Pattern

Added Feb 22, 2013

by grosgrain

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I named this the ‘Partly Sunny’ Frock because the dress is just kind of bright and fun and whimsical but the collar reminded me of clouds. Hence ‘Partly’ sunny;-P

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The first dress is made with Valentine’s red swiss dot fabric for the body, sheer white chiffon for the yoke and red and white piping for the collar and waist. The belt doesn’t come with the dress. It’s mine;-) Although I made the dress with the white piping at the waist so the belt is not necessary. But if you like it, you can buy it at Forever 21. It’s ONLY $4.80. Seriously can’t beat that.

To get an idea of the variety of this dress I also made it in a yellow, white and black color scheme. Kinda springy.

Material Notes

1 yard of main fabric for bodice and skirt
8" of collar fabric
12" of sheer fabric for yoke
3 yards of piping (four if you’re adding piping to waist)
2 yards of bias tape for armhole opening and collar seam allowance
20"-22" invisible zipper
disappearing ink marker




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Mod, Preppy, Romantic, Vintage
Chiffon, Cotton

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    Sep 21, 2014, 05.26 PMby karinep06

    thank you very much , it s lovely

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    Feb 23, 2014, 12.35 PMby surfjewels

    Love this, really cute, what size is it, it says 4-6, is that US size? What is that in European or UK?



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    Jan 14, 2014, 06.48 PMby MegH

    Your project was one of the top viewed in 2013! Check it out here: http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/overview-top-patterns-and-projects-from-2013. Awesome dress, I love it!

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    May 9, 2013, 04.30 PMby pie-83

    This is so adorable! I can’t wait to try it out!

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    Feb 27, 2013, 05.55 PMby chrissal

    Beautiful dress!!

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    Feb 26, 2013, 05.54 AMby SewNotWork

    Thanks for sharing! What a great dress.

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    Feb 22, 2013, 10.24 PMby sewneenee

    Super-cute dress love your fabric combos too!

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    Feb 22, 2013, 08.41 PMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dresses, I love the fabric you.choose and the collars are adorable and so well made. Waa it.hard.to do the piping on the collar? X

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      Feb 22, 2013, 09.14 PMby grosgrain

      Well, I add the piping to one side before I sew the facing on which makes it a lot easier. I also give a little trick to get a good corner in the tutorial.

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    Feb 22, 2013, 08.25 PMby jazzmin

    This pattern is adorable…just like all your other dresses!!! Looks like it came out of Modcloth!!!

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      Feb 22, 2013, 08.34 PMby grosgrain

      I based the top on a dress I liked in Modcloth. I can’t find it now on their site but I didn’t want to pay full price. Looked easy enough.

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