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Time Traveller Airlines in Pink & Red

Added Jan 31, 2010

by Passiona Cottee

Sydney (Inner We...






Plaid from the past for the future. Arrive looking your best, in a fashion from a time that never was in a style from an era that has yet to be.

A ‘Progressive Farmer’ pattern from 1971, modified with feature quilted shoulders (threading detail) and piping on front.

Wear as-is in spring/summer or layer with turtle neck and tights in autumn/winter. Suitable for time travelling to the past and the future.

A thoroughly challenging and enjoyable project.

Many firsts:
– quilting
– piping
– matching plaids
– vintage pattern

Material Notes

Vintage cotton and wool mix plaid; hand made piping from cord and 1/2-inch red bias piggy-backed on 1-inch base bias; 50% cotton/50% bamboo batting for quilted shoulders; interfacing; dusty pink and rose red threads




Garment Type
Cotton, Wool



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    Sep 20, 2011, 09.35 PMby Abigail8

    I love it! nice color and the neck of the dress.

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    Jul 15, 2010, 01.00 PMby sophielophie

    I love the piping and the fabric is a lovely choice. Great dress!

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    Mar 11, 2010, 08.53 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    Looks amazing! Love the details! In DK we’re quite lucky, that a lot of second hand shops in the countryside have vintage-patterns. Normally I pay 2-5 dkr for one pattern (1 USD max.!) so I’ve started my own little collection. :-)

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      Mar 21, 2010, 09.16 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Thanks, Mitmit. You are lucky! I ordered in that pattern from the USA – after shipping and pattern price $$$ – not nearly as cheap as yours.

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    Feb 21, 2010, 03.15 PMby Geeky Seamstress


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    Feb 15, 2010, 02.09 AMby kiraph

    This is so retro-fantastic! Loving all of the careful details you have put in. Great job!

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    Feb 7, 2010, 06.15 PMby jojohl

    oh, and just how cute is that?! Lovely jubbly, well done.

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    Feb 1, 2010, 03.53 AMby embaby

    Love the dress!

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    Feb 1, 2010, 01.46 AMby nessys

    The plaid placement is superb! I must say the piping is cool – piping scares the pants off me – but I LOVE the way it looks especially on your dress!

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      Feb 1, 2010, 11.24 AMby janetheclerk

      not sure what scares you about the piping, but if it’s the concern that it won’t stay still, won’t be straight etc, here’s how. sew the piping onto one of your pattern pieces, bearing in mind which way you want the piping to sit – up or down. sew your piping on in a very different coloured thread, and one needle position over towards the edge. then pin your two pattern pieces together, and sew them together on the side that you sewed the piping onto – you can see the line you stitched so you sew to the side of it, and your piping has stayed still and is perfectly in position.

      with this method, you can sew piping onto any shape really, it really adds to a garment, as is evident from this dress (which is just fantastic).

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      Feb 1, 2010, 12.06 PMby Passiona Cottee

      Thank you for kind words.

      I am counting down to ‘Vogue 8469’… and no you don’t look like a dork! As ‘janetheclerk’ said, a little basting (stitching in place) gets you through piping.

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      Feb 3, 2010, 02.30 AMby nessys

      Thanks so much for the tips Darls!!! I think I just had a really bad piping experience a few years ago (and I really didn’t do what you suggest!). I will have to give a go! XXXXX

      PS – I am counting down too re Vogue 8469!! I just need to press it, pop it on and slap on some lippy!! I am still kinda worried it will make me look like a dork!!! xxxx

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    Jan 31, 2010, 09.05 PMby captainkitsch

    great usage of that fabric, its very cute!

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      Feb 1, 2010, 11.49 AMby Passiona Cottee

      What a great username, ‘CaptainKitsch’. With a name like that this little number should be right up your alley ;)
      Now, all I need is a little matching plaid hat like your cocktail hat…

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    Jan 31, 2010, 01.50 PMby bttn

    your dress makes me want to try piping! I like it!

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    Jan 31, 2010, 01.34 PMby mrissy

    LOVE this retro look!

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      Feb 1, 2010, 12.02 PMby Passiona Cottee

      Thank you, Miss Riding Hood! Congratulations on getting featured member project. I am looking forward to seeing those prints you are working on, too.

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    Jan 31, 2010, 12.25 PMby frkbustad

    I love this! The piping are smashing and gives the dress a strict, modern yet vintage look. It’s fabulous!

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      Feb 1, 2010, 11.45 AMby Passiona Cottee

      • blush * yes, piping really sets off the plaid. Although not in the pattern, this dress was crying out for the kind of definition piping could give to its angled bodice lines. P.S. love your polka dots!
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    Jan 31, 2010, 12.16 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    Love the piping, the shape looks so flattering, I’d love to get a pattern like that :)

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      Feb 1, 2010, 11.43 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Hello, I updated the project with credits that includes a link to where I bought the vintage pattern. They are fun to browse. You might find something that’s really you!

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    Jan 31, 2010, 12.12 PMby sewella

    It’s fantastic! Great job!

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      Feb 1, 2010, 11.41 AMby Passiona Cottee

      Hi sewella, I am glad you like it. I have learned alot from you, including how to make ruffles!

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