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THE Summer Frock

Added Aug 13, 2010

by kristykat

Siracusa, Italy






I am more than excited about this dress. It’s my biggest success to date.
It’s made from Butterick 3746, a 70’s pattern that I scored from Retrobution Vintage on Etsy. I’m usually a 50’s and 60’s kinda gal but I think the waist band and the bow tied at the back did me in!

This was the first time I actually took my proper measurements and made the according alterations to the pattern. I took in the bust and waist (the pattern was a size too big), as well as taking a couple of inches off the back waist measurement. As a result this baby fits like a glove. I ditched the gathering on the stomach in favour of darts- my stomach does not need any more puffing thank you! I made the arm holes a bit wider as it’s bloody hot here in Sicily, and I need a bit of air. When the neckline at the top was a little loose, I simply folded each side of the zip toward the inside, stitched it and added a hook and eye, resulting in a pleat-like effect near the top of the zip. I like it. I am also very happy that I am getting better at the finishing details; I used french seams and seam binding on the insides, and everything looks spic and span. I top-stitched around the neckline, the waistband and the hem. Well worth the stress as I think it looks quite cute.

The fabric I bought at the market for the grand sum of eight euro. That’s quite a lot compared to my usual spending of one or two. I absolutely fell in love with the colours and couldn’t leave without it. Now, I’m not that into brands, and will happily proclaim anyone who will listen that my whole outfit is op-shopped or whatever. However, when I arrived home and read printed on the selvage, “100% cotton. Made in Italy. Pierre Cardin” I was fairly rapt! Sadly, I didn’t have enough fabric for the wonderful oversized pockets shown on the pattern. There was enough fabric acrobatics going on already just to fit in all the skirt pieces.

So, my perfect-fitting, breezy-but-still-dressy, bow-on-the-back, one-of-a-kind, Pierre Cardin Summer Frock. Ta da!

P.S. How cute does it look with my new shoes?!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 05.16 PMby taiwo .

    Love the dress AND the print! Good idea with the pleats, I’m not a “puffy waist” fan either. All in all, You lok great in the dress. :)

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    Aug 16, 2010, 08.15 AMby anajan

    Super cute, and it really suits you well. The pattern is lovely, too, I’m thinking about knocking it off (well, some elements of it).

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      Aug 19, 2010, 09.00 PMby kristykat

      Thank you! You should absolutely knock it off- I’ve worn it a few times now and it’s cute AND comfy!

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    Aug 14, 2010, 01.43 AMby nessys

    Lovely Honey you look beautiful in it! And how cool was that Pierre Cardin score – and at eight euros!!! Woo hoo!!!!

    Lovely topstiching – it really adds something to the dress and yes, those shoes are soooooo cute! You must be thrilled – it fits you like a glove – making all of those alterations so worth while.

    How dry and hot does it look overy there??? If I didn’t know otherwise, I could of sworn those pics where taken back here in Australia!!!

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      Aug 14, 2010, 07.19 AMby kristykat

      Thank you! Yep, I’m a bit excited. I think this one will be on high rotation well into Autumn.

      You know it’s strange; when people ask me about the weather in Sicily I keep saying that it’s a lot like Melbourne in terms of temperature- they just have a winter where there is actual rain! There are lots of gum trees too, so quite often I feel as though I’m looking at an Aussie landscape. :)

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