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the pistachio green dress

Added Dec 22, 2009

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






I was asked to help test one of the new Colette Patterns designs: the Ceylon dress. As with the other Colette Patterns designs I’ve worked with, the pattern was a dream to sew up, and in no time (I did it in a weekend–right before we left for our Virginia trip) I had a lovely dress! The fabric I picked out was not my first or preferred choice, a green polyester from JoAnn Fabrics. But, at the time, I didn’t have any other options. Quite happily though, I love how the bright color works with the pattern’s lines and even the fabric isn’t half bad (I normally shy away from polyester)! I also made a little self-fabric belt (not included in the pattern) because I’m obsessed with matching belts. lol. This dress has fast become one of my top favorites; it’s the right balance of lady-like charm and classic style. (In fact, I think this might be my Christmas dress this year!)

Material Notes

polyester linen-look




Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    May 7, 2012, 04.12 PMby ealinglou

    OMG what a result!

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    Sep 23, 2011, 09.04 PMby Laura Altes

    all you need now is to draw a line up the back of your leg (faux stockings!) and you’ve been transported to the 50’s!! (or 40’s)

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    Aug 1, 2011, 02.58 PMby tirrs

    lovely! this is one of my favourites:)

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    Jun 6, 2010, 11.51 PMby brity

    This i An ADORABLE dress i love it i am so into the old fashioned dress they defiantly knew how to dress back then you look amazing!!!

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    Feb 4, 2010, 07.40 AMby maryy

    absolutely beautiful!

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    Jan 6, 2010, 05.07 PMby polychromatin

    Beautiful dress, like the retrotouch and the color!

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    Jan 5, 2010, 08.18 PMby searingflesh55

    Love the dress! The fabric is so awesome! Any clue what is was called?

    I love everything green and this is such a great shade! I’m picturing a pencil skirt and a cream blouse right now. Very Mad Men style!

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    Jan 4, 2010, 10.24 PMby doarkface

    Love, love, love! The design is lovely to begin with, but you’ve put it together perfectly. I wasn’t sure which of the new Colette patterns I was going to get, but now this is definitely one of them.

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    Jan 4, 2010, 06.09 PMby paranoire

    this dress is so beautiful! you made me want to buy the pattern right away!!

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    Jan 3, 2010, 01.05 AMby lillyvons

    You did a great job on this dress and you look great in it. Your hairdo is perfect for the style of the dress. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of mileage of this gem

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    Jan 1, 2010, 03.09 PMby metropolitanfrock

    Love the detailing and polyester never looked so luxe!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 11.06 PMby crazyknitter42

    I am new to this burdastyle.com sight, but I just have to know – how can I get this pattern?!! I this dress is dynamite!!!

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    Dec 31, 2009, 10.29 AMby nynna

    Wow! This is totally perfect! I love it! =)

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    Dec 30, 2009, 04.40 PMby lovefabric

    So cute. I used to make belts all the time. – I love the fabric covered ones – BUT the kits are way hard to find.

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      Dec 31, 2009, 02.44 PMby elegantmusings

      I actually have developed a way to make belts without the kits (which I haven’t been able to find in well over two years) and just random buckles that I collect. I actually will be doing a tutorial on that next year for another website, so I’ll post about it when I do! :)

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    Dec 30, 2009, 09.18 AMby Katrin [FrauVau]

    this dress is stunning! thanks for sharing the link, I’ll surely place an order there :)

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    Dec 30, 2009, 12.27 AMby heartspromise

    Oh, this is simply stunning! You’re so very talented. It puts my in mind of January Jones on MadMen. I don’t watch the show, but I’ve seen a few clips. All I can say is wow. I love it!

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    Dec 29, 2009, 09.21 PMby lullith74

    I love this pattern and will definatly purchase it. I never wood have guessed that the fabric you used was polyester. I love the matching belt and covered buttons.

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    Dec 29, 2009, 09.37 AMby jd98

    another gorgeous vintage style creation!

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    Dec 29, 2009, 01.15 AMby lyndsayb

    I just love your style! The green is spectacular on you! I just subscribed to your blog and I’m a big fan! Keep up the fantastic work— it is truly inspiring! :)

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      Dec 29, 2009, 01.20 PMby elegantmusings

      Aw… thank you ever so much—your comment brought such a smile to my face!!!! :)

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    Dec 28, 2009, 02.40 PMby Deborah Hemlow

    Simply Beautiful!!!

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    Dec 27, 2009, 06.50 PMby badkitty-1

    Wow, this dress is AMAZING!! Such a great colour too. I love your fabric choice x

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    Dec 27, 2009, 05.15 PMby the-gilded-bee

    So beautiful! Lucky you trying those lovely patterns :):):) It looks fantastic and the detail work that you put into it makes it really look vintage.

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    Dec 26, 2009, 10.03 PMby kelseyanne

    this is unbelievable. seriously, it looks fantastic on you! no one would ever believe that you “whipped this up” in a weekend. congrats on a job fantastically done!

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      Dec 29, 2009, 01.21 PMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! ;) hehe… well, it was a weekend of 6am to 10pm sewing marathon. Not something I’d normally do… rofl!

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    Dec 26, 2009, 03.33 PMby Amy Why

    i like it wohoo!!! XD i wish i have that dress

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    Dec 25, 2009, 09.42 PMby galatina

    beautiful. You’ve done such a good job – and look stunning.

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    Dec 25, 2009, 10.58 AMby flosiepoos

    Oh so pretty… I’ll be off to the Colette website next (she’ll owe you some freebies soon methinks!!). It’s really inspiring to see such pretty dresses because it makes you give it a go making your own. This one is not the easiest of patterns I reckon. So well made, really impressive! The dress really suits you as well, you look fantastic!!

    By the way, Vintage Vogue is another great place to shop for dresses like these, be sure to look in the Out-Of-Print section as well as the Vintage Vogue section.

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      Dec 29, 2009, 01.22 PMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! :) The pattern isn’t super easy, but having made a couple dresses with similar details (such as topstitched yokes and such), it wasn’t too difficult. ;)

      I love all the VV patterns! I actually have quite a little stash of those going… lol!

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    Dec 25, 2009, 07.47 AMby sew4my3

    Absolutely beautiful! I love everything about this dress!

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    Dec 24, 2009, 05.43 PMby bug379

    This dress is amazing. I recognize you from your youtube hair tutorials. Great way to pull together the whole look. Awesome job!!!

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    Dec 24, 2009, 05.16 PMby Ali Marie

    Stunning! I found your blog a couple months ago and have to say its the best blog I’ve ever come across! I love everything you make (and your style is very much like mine hehe)..as a beginner to sewing and being only 16, you’re such an inspiration =]

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      Dec 29, 2009, 01.22 PMby elegantmusings

      Thank you so, so much!!! :) You’re so sweet!

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    Dec 24, 2009, 10.35 AMby cornsey

    You and your dress are just beautiful! One more thing to add to my long long list of dresses I would love to make!

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