Saturday, November 26, 2011

My 'Pumpkin Pie' Dress


Rain, rain, go away!!!  Well if I can't go outside to frolic in the leaves then I'll just add a leafy border to my inside shots :)  I've been wanting to make more 50's style pencil-skirt dresses as they are so easy to wear and hence my latest creation the 'pumpkin pie' dress in honour of my favourite autumn dish!


I made this dress out of a 'mystery' fabric that I bought a couple of years ago when I was visiting a JoAnn's fabric store in the States.  The fabric followed me to Scotland.  It feels a bit like wool but it irons like some sort of synthetic!  So it's probably a wool blend.


The fabric is a nice light pumpkin orange with flecks of grey, mustard, white and black. 


This dress is actually view B of the Style Print pattern I used to make my 'Mid-century Madness' dress.  I just love this pattern (which is making its way over to giveaway winner Megan!)  The dress features a side zipper closure and also a button-up front (which is good because it's still difficult to get on and off!), short plain sleeves, a collar that is in one piece with the front facing and a softly pleated skirt with a faux vent in the back.


I ended up using some vintage buttons that I got as a gift (that remind me of yummy chocolate treats!)



This dress is perfect for layering under cardigans (one of the reasons I did the short-sleeved version) and is just the right length!  YAY! Another office dress that can translate to evenings and weekends!

What are you working on at the moment?  I'm working on a McCall pattern from the year 1939 at the moment!  I am prepping my fabric and hope to cut it out today!

27 comments:

  1. It's so pretty! the fabric and the buttons are gorgeous! Fantastic work as always!
    I'm working on a winter dress from a vintage pattern but currently stuck on how to fit the bodice. I'm quite small on top and things are always big there.

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  2. This is great - perfect pattern for showcasing vintage buttons, I have so many sets of 3 or 4 that I want to use up, will have to track something similar down.

    The belt goes so well with the buttons and the fabric. Lovely dress.

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  3. This is a beautiful dress Debi...I love the fabric and the chocolate buttons! Both versions from this pattern have worked out really well for you!

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  4. ooo, warm dresses! I've been working toward that for a while.

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  5. Another lovely version, the fit looks perfect on you!

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  6. I love the close-up of your dress fabric. Looks so nice! It's the best when you have a pattern that you really love. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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  7. Love it! Gorgeous and functional too x

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  8. Debi, it's fabulous. I'm also venturing onto a winter dress and have been pondering fabric choices. This is perfect , there's def something about the buttons that add a warm feeling too.

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  9. lovely, you just can't beat a shirtwaister for versatility

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  10. I have a similar pattern but did not find it to be attractive at all to me. But now that I see what you did with this I am encouraged to actually use that pattern and try a dress. This just came out so nice on you.

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  11. I love button front dresses and I love this one - I really like the small pleats at the side on this one . I love the colour too - I would never have thought to have used this kind of material for a dress like this but I suppose it gets pretty cold in Scotland.

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  12. It's really nice to see both versions of the pattern - I thought I wouldn't really like view B when it was made up, straight/pencil skirts are so not my style, but seeing it made up has begun to change my mind!
    Your dress looks really great, and I love how it's 'seasonally appropriate' without being so out-there that it's OBVIOUSLY a Thanksgiving dress! As you may have been able to tell from my previous comments, I'm all about versatility, haha!

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  13. Oh Debi, this is lovely. Anything that falls under "chic office wear" is alright with me. I need to hunt down a pattern like this.

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  14. OH! It's so lovely! And it looks great on you. Another one batted out of the park, Debi. :)

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  15. I adore this dress! It's so versatile for all kinds of functions and is perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday!

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  16. It's lovely and so autumn appropriate. I love the buttons. They do look good enough to eat.

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  17. on my, what a great fabric, it looked like cotton from the distance but the close up is great!A lovely style as ever.

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  18. Absolutely fab. Can't wait until I have the experience to start making tops and dresses.

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  19. LOVELY dress! Fits you beautifully1 I'm going home for Christmas and am due a Joann's fix...

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  20. Another beautiful dress! Perfect for thanks giving!

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  21. Debi I love it, it suits you so well and the fabric and buttons are perfect. That pattern has been a real success. x

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  22. This is lovely! I also really like your 'mid-century madness' dress; those patterns were a really lucky find!
    x

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  23. Love the dress. It really has that autumn feel to it.

    Oh, thanks for the follow! :)

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  24. What a great dress! The style and color look gorgeous on you! And the buttons are a great little touch, love 'em!

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  25. Gorgeous! And that fabric is to die for! :-)

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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