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Date: 9/21/13 5:18 PM

I'd like to make my own version of this dress but I don't know where to begin :


Do you know of a similar pattern ? I have access to Burda, Big4, and of course everything downloadable (although I'd rather buy regular paper patterns).

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Date: 9/21/13 8:19 PM

My goodness gracious. This is a very simple sheath dress (because I can't tell if there are any design changes on the front, etc.) that I am convinced you could do. I believe the shoulder seams have buttons, yes? Simple. Extend the shoulder seams to the back and add a button or two.

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Date: 9/22/13 11:00 AM

Apart from the chest patch pockets, which shouldn't be too hard to add, you can make it from any basic dress pattern. I own New Look 6123 which could work, but you could even use a fitting shell pattern like V1004 and just omit the sleeves and reshape the neckline slightly. The V1004 comes for free with a Craftsy class on fitting, Fast-track fitting, so you could consider that.

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Date: 9/22/13 4:02 PM

What puzzles me is the half-button band on top (unfortunately, that's also what I like most on this dress!).
I've seen this dress on a dummy and the button band is real (not a mock one). I have patterns with full length button band (shirtdresses), but none like this.

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Date: 9/22/13 10:45 PM

It looks like a fly-front. I guess it kinda depends on how accurately you want to copy that feature. You can change it into a button placket, which is easy to add to any pattern if you have a button placket tutorial to follow. StyleArc has a dress with button-up back with might help: Peggy dress
With more work, you could take a basic pattern and add the fly-front by pretending the dress front is a giant pair of pants, with a button fly that goes from neckline to just below waist. I haven't seen many button-fly tutorials or even patterns with button flies, the closest thing I can think of is Kenneth King's fly-front coat class on Craftsy, where he shows you how to alter a basic coat pattern from Vogue to have a button-fly front, but since the coat opens all the way to the bottom whereas the dress doesn't, it will not be exactly analogous.
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Date: 9/23/13 0:55 AM

Or take any sleeveless button blouse with the covered placket, extend/add an a line skirt to it with a fly front and add the epaulettes.

I have several of the blouses like this from the 80s, and the skirt wouldn't be too hard to find.

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Date: 9/23/13 3:52 PM

What about McCall 6747? At first glance you might not think so but look at the line drawings. I think you could make it work.

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Date: 9/24/13 2:57 AM

I think McCalls 6747 is the way to go, morphing the band into a regular sheath dress. The placket is not covered, though.
I may have to get my hands on the dress itself to see how this fly-front-slash-covered-placket is made. It really puzzles my inner sewing geek !

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Date: 9/24/13 5:08 AM

There is a seam down the front below the placket isn't there? It's hard to see details on black.

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Date: 9/24/13 9:48 AM

Hi, I'm a professional patternmaker for the fashion industry. I think your only real challenge on this pieces is how to do the hidden button placket per your inspiration picture. I was going to do a little video for you, but I found one on YouTube already that might do the trick!

How to make a hidden button placket

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