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Anybody seen a pattern to start with?
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Date: 3/29/10 2:17 PM

OK, all you people who troll the pattern catalogs, has anybody seen something that would be a good starting point for this dress?



I am looking for a good starting point for the basic shape; I think I could add the collar, change sleeves, etc. The actual dress at Modcloth is a knit and those buttons are just for show, but I would want to do it out of a woven with a real button opening and whatnot. And not in gray.

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Date: 3/29/10 2:48 PM

sleeves from here

body from here

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Date: 3/29/10 2:53 PM

So for the bodice and skirt, you were thinking design #16 from that issue of Ottobre? I've had such bad luck in the past when I've converted darts to gathers at the bust; I somehow always end up with the gathers in the wrong place and it looks AWKWARD. I was hoping to find a dress pattern to start with that had a midriff band, underbust gathers, and a set-in sleeve.

I saw this image on Casey's blog and it is just about perfect, but finding a specific vintage pattern is such an impossible quest usually.



I've commented to see if she knows the number and/or is interested in selling it, so we'll see...

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Date: 3/29/10 4:26 PM

There are a lot of vintage patterns with similar details, but as you said it can be a trial to track a particular one down. A lot of the vintage-inspired button-front dresses in the current pattern catalogs seem to be princess seam.

The closest thing I found is Butterick 5315, which has the front placket and peter pan collar (although it's a bit higher on the neck). The skirt is maybe too full, if you want the exact silhouette, but you could maybe substitute a straight skirt for the flared one.

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Date: 3/29/10 8:06 PM

This Cynthia Rowley dress has gathers above and below a center band:

S2497

It has a good start on the neckline shape, though you'd have to draft the collar. You'd also have to add a center placket and buttons.

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Date: 3/29/10 8:11 PM

why not just buy the dress. its only 50.00 then when you get tired of it. you could make one in a differen't color.
It would be cheeper then fabric and the pattern
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Date: 3/29/10 8:17 PM

Quote: mmmckay
This Cynthia Rowley dress has gathers above and below a center band:



S2497



It has a good start on the neckline shape, though you'd have to draft the collar. You'd also have to add a center placket and buttons.




I think this might be the winner! It has the basic shape I was looking for. I think I can change it to a button-front dress without too much trouble.

And yes, I have considered just buying the Modcloth dress.I just don't want it in gray, or in a knit, though.
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Date: 3/29/10 8:30 PM

Cute dress!

There is no collar here, but the base dress could work:
V8555

or if you could change a surplice to a solid piece:
V8554

and here was the dress I was originally thinking of when I started looking:
V8469
still no collar though.


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Date: 3/29/10 8:46 PM

There was a Laura Ashley pattern back in the 70's (79?) that was almost identical. It had 2 big tucks around the hem.

I made it up and wore to work at a department store.
A lady stopped me and asked me if I bought the dress at the store and when told her I "made" it, she was very disappointed she wouldn't be able to buy one. (I was wearing my name tag...)

Mine had a fitted waist. I really like the relaxed knit version you found.

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