Tuesday, June 28, 2011

If You Could Have One Dress Pattern . . .

Readers, I'm looking for your help today. I've been asked to write a guest post for Sew, Mama, Sew! It's a great honor, of course. They mentioned particular interest in the way I match up patterns with dresses in my Daily Dress posts (which, yes, have been a bit scarce lately!). What I'm looking for is reader submissions of dresses that you'd like pattern suggestions for. Maybe it's something you've seen at Anthropologie, maybe it was something that Marilyn Monroe wore, who knows?! It just has to be a dress (or ensemble) that you want to make, that you need pattern suggestions for. A few ideas:


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What do you think? You can post your suggestions here or e-mail me at gertie@blogforbettersewing.com.

Thank you!

63 comments:

  1. I have always been fascinated by Claire McCardell and found this dress picture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art site --http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database/all/playsuit_claire_mccardell/objectview.aspx?page=1&sort=6&sortdir=asc&keyword=claire%20mccardell&fp=1&dd1=0&dd2=0&vw=1&collID=0&OID=80023937&vT=1&hi=0&ov=0

    I love utilitarian dresses.

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  2. I absolutely love the sleeveless dress with all of the buttons down the front. That style is something I really could see myself wearing!

    I just love dresses. They are girlie and make me feel good!

    Congrats on your guest posting on SewMamaSew. It's a great website and blog!

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  3. I would love to make a Lolita coat/cape ensemble, like the one pictured at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230533667820

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  4. Ooooooh, Gertie, how about the floral cowlneck inspiration dress Carolyn posted on her blog this morning? http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YL8W9Tdm2qA/TgknxipPBxI/AAAAAAAAFTQ/8lBOm8VE3kw/s1600/Summer+work+wardrbe+tips+from+People+Style+Watch.
    Carolyn did a fantastic version in a black floral. I'd like to try the dress with the gathered skirt. Thanks for asking!

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  5. Gosh, there's so many! But for me, when I saw this dress: http://yfrog.com/h8j0cxbj I just fell in love. It's from Hobbs (UK) and is their Alice dress, but I think the way they'd styled it in this store was better than the one on the website. The construction is gorgeous, and on the website, I can see some tiny pleats in the skirt, which surprised me. http://www.hobbs.co.uk/index.cfm?page=1116&showall=true

    Can't wait to see your guest post!

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  6. Oh, I just love Zooey Deschanel's style, for me it's perfect mixture of vintage and modern. Lately I've been oogling this dress, wonder if I could recreate it?
    http://zooey-deschanel.us/gallery/displayimage.php?album=topn&cat=0&pid=7561#top_display_media

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  7. Please, please, please pick that top one Marilyn is wearing - it is stunning and I'd learn how to sew properly just to make that dress!

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  8. Great question, Gertie! Here is a drool-worthy creation by Tracy Reese that plays with stripes in a most delightful way:
    http://www.tracyreese.com/popup.aspx?src=images/product/large/707_1_.jpg
    Where on earth would you start?

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  9. What a wonderful idea, asking for opinions for the readers. Since we all read your blog for its vintage appeal, I am not sure if this dress fits your vision, but I see a very vintage style on much of this collection.

    Ralph Lauren, Spring 2011, look 19, Kristina

    http://www.ralphlauren.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=4471607&cp=2184048&ab=int_033111_SPRING11RUNWAY_EXPLORENOW

    A flirty, feminine dress, with some peekaboo elements, this dress would look good on most everyone, belted or not.

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  10. OMG!! I just logged on to your blog to ask you the very same question! I often save images and cut outs of dresses I absolutely adore but as a newby to the dressmaking game have no idea how to re-create or how to find a similar pattern. Would love your advice. I love the dresses on modcloth (here are a couple but to be honest theres too many!

    http://productshots3.modcloth.com/productshots/0074/9303/55e5c693e8c195c682a7953c7ae74e82.jpg?1307050054

    http://productshots3.modcloth.com/productshots/0073/0721/94ac3d54326700e2da57ea74dbc36a15.jpg?1305665295

    http://productshots2.modcloth.com/productshots/0073/2533/4aba184fb1afffab3b0adaea89b927eb.jpg?1305748756

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  11. Such a great idea, Gertie!

    I've been wanting to make a shelf bust dress, like the ones on Bernie Dexter's site here: http://berniedexter.com/bernie-dexter-frenchie-halter-dress-in-lily-pad.html
    But the vintage ones are hard to come by. It'd be great if there were a modern pattern that could be easily altered.

    Also, my dream dress is Ava Gardner's intro dress in the Killers:
    http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMTg3MDIxMzIzNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjYyODI0NA@@._V1._SX399_SY500_.jpg
    Would love to be able to make a version!

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  12. i've always wanted a pattern for victoria beckham's pink dress:
    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b116/laurenc0re/posh.jpg
    the seaming details are incredible!

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  13. I think this Michael Kors dress might be emulated without the leather.
    http://www.michaelkors.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod11030025&parentId=cat18007&masterId=cat102&index=15&cmCat=cat000000cat102cat18007
    It's a dress that is suitable for many size ranges.

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  14. I would LOVE to see the Giambattists Valli floral silk number you featured in April as a Daily Dress. And you said it best: "have you ever seen such loveliness?"

    http://www.flannelsfashion.com/Designers/Women/Giambattista-Valli/Giambattista-Valli-Sale/i/11938/n/Giambattista-Valli-silk-floral-kimono-sleeve-dress.aspx

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  15. I adore the Sugared dress from Anthropologie (the printed dress, fourth image in your post). Unfortunately, the fit across the bust is NOT ideal, and the seams are too scant to let out. Plus, I imagine the thick, tightly woven fabric (underlined!) would show the previous seams even after washing.

    PLEASE, if you happen across a pattern similar, I would love to recreate it!

    I've also been smitten with the Beda shirtdress by Maeve, http://www.papermichelle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/maeve-dress-from-anthropologie.jpg . I've only recently discovered it, and it's not available anymore. It would be fantastic to blend fantastic textures and fun trim.

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  16. I love this houndstooth dress from Shabby Apple http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-384-madison-ave.aspx It's a great take on a shirt dress.

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  17. This is so fun! I'm enthrolled by this dress http://www.colettepatterns.com/blog/fashion-history/mary-quant-chelsea-girl?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ColettePatterns+%28Colette+Patterns%29&utm_content=Google+Reader by Mary Quant. Simple but stunning. I'm sure half the challenge is matching bias cut plaid.

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  18. I really like Peggy's dress from Mad Man season 4 shown here:

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_FW86_jO7k_A/TJImlOCiP6I/AAAAAAACCBs/f3r25Ol6vcM/s1600/Mad%2BMen%2BMad%2BStyle%2BPeggy%2BOlson%2B3.jpg

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  19. I love the shelf bust style dress! like this pattern here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/35805390/vintage-1960s-dress-pattern-mccalls-5406?ref=vl_other_2

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  20. I am in love with the black evening dress Rosemary Clooney wears in "White Christmas" when she goes to New York and Bing goes to get her back to the show in Vermont...swoon!!! I have nowhere to wear such a dress, of course, but I love it to pieces and always have...

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  21. These:
    from etsy;
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/75181812/white-and-blue-pinstripe-linen-sailor?ref=v1_other_1 and this one from shabby apple; http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-384-madison-ave.aspx. The shaping on the first, with the stripe placement, is choice. The lovely standing collar and sleeves are lovely in the second.

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  22. I recently saw this dress: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=20702841&catId=CLOTHES-DRESSES&pushId=CLOTHES-DRESSES&popId=CLOTHES&navAction=push&navCount=42&color=080&isProduct=true&fromCategoryPage=true&isSubcategory=true&subCategoryId=CLOTHES-DRESS-STRAP&templateType=subCategory

    which looks fairly straightforward until you use the "zoom" and see all the lovely little stitching details. Maybe it's not so much the pattern I need as instruction on how to add those fabulous touches!

    Can't wait to see your post on SMS!!

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  23. What an excellent idea!!
    I have sooo many dresses I covet, it's difficult to only choose one (I actually keep a file on my computer of pictures of dresses I someday, given time, skill and money, I'd like to replicate).
    Although I love old movies, I feel that many of the dresses there would make me feel I am wearing a costume. I instead think modern dresses with a vintage touch fit my wardrobe and liftestyle best. Here are two:
    Erin Fetherston fall 2010, long black dress with sleeves(a bit hippie chic, love it!): http://www.fashionwindows.net/2010/02/erin-fetherston-fall-2010/

    This sophisticated lace dress i also one of my favourites (Burberry Prorsum):
    http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2010/07/15/in-kate-bosworths-closet-burberry-prorsum-lace-dress/
    Even better in black:
    http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2010/02/23/2010-elle-style-awards-claire-danes-in-burberry/

    Oh lord, I love dresses.... Did I say this was an excellent idea of yours?....

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  24. This is a good question! I also save images of clothes I admire and want to recreate for myself. I just started sewing last fall and don't feel confident enough to fully dive in to altering patterns.

    I hope my link works. I adore this dress that Vivien Leigh is wearing, even if it's a bit over the top for today.

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_h57esuOrf2g/Sf2jtrxU2iI/AAAAAAAAGJQ/7Rv4q0J2ct8/s1600-h/vivien+leigh.+003.jpg

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  25. Wow, this post is perfect timing! I was just watching "Black Narcissus" on netflix last night and was floored by the amazingly couture, 1940's dress worn by Kathleen Byron in the final scenes as she's going crazy...

    I couldn't find any good stills of it, but here is a video clip that contains most of the footage from the film:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLBvSZZFhuE

    (sorry for the music, and you can advance it to about 1:00 minute in to see the red dress in question).

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  26. I love this idea =) But in truth, following wonderful blogs like yours has already given me the push I needed to study the dresses I admired in shops and try to recreate them myself. (I also keep a folder on my computer with images of dresses I want to make!) My style is probably best represented by the second dress with the double spaghetti straps and the lovely collar detail. Anyway, I can't wait to see what you decide to make!

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  27. Excellent question! I loved the blue chiffon dress Rachel Berry wore on the season finale of Glee. I saw here it was a vintage dress; I'd love to find a pattern to recreate it! http://www.possessionista.com/2011/05/glee-fashion-new-york-season-finale.html

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  28. There can be only one answer to this qestion: the dress by Edith Head that Bette Davis wears for the party she throws in All About Eve. That is the only dress in the world. I have wanted it with every fiber of my being since I was fourteen years old.

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  29. I, too, would LOVE to make the one like Marilyn is wearing! =D

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  30. This Built by Wendy dress haunts my dreams:

    http://builtbywendy.com/onlineshop/cart.php?target=product&product_id=17730&category_id=375

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  31. Um, the Marilyn dress. PLEASE.
    That is a dress that would be flattering on so many body types!

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  32. Pretty much anything worn by Grace Kelly. She has such flawless style! I'm sure even a pair of her "hang-around-the-house" pyjamas are glamorous (if that's an activity she ever did)!!
    I know this is not very specific, but after going through many pictures this morning, I just couldn't pick one. I'm thinking of the outfits she wore in "To catch a thief", but already there, I couldn't settle on one in particular.

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  33. This Oscar De La Renta wool crepe dress -- it's only about $4000. lol

    http://www.net-a-porter.com/intl/product/161380?cm_mmc=LinkshareUK-_-ProductFeed-_-Oscar_de_la_Renta-_-Dresses&siteID=idBRCHEwd9g-aqrmGGx4KNV7F6WWFgx48w

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  34. Hi Gertie

    I would absolutely love a pattern for a bodice with a petal bust!

    OR something like this with a 'cross-over' front. I have found a few 'modern ones' but they all call for stretch fabric...

    - http://www.marilyncollector.com/legend/images/entrance1.jpg
    - http://a4.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/99/bc2a76a74e95218a82fdfeb64def8faf/l.jpg
    - http://www.ranialeptos.com.au/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/r/l/rl019b_1.jpg
    - http://when-ladies-dressed.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2009-06-03T09%3A11%3A00-05%3A00&max-results=7

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  35. 1940s dress. slim and beautiful. I wish I could post a pic. There is a pattern I have been stalking lately.

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  36. I am totally in love with this dress:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/Angelina79/cocktailculture.jpg

    from the Cocktail Culture exhibit at the Rhode Island School of Design's Museum of Art. Please tell me how to make a reasonable facsimile!

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  37. Oh, the back of that dress from the Cocktail Culture exhibit is picture 7 in the slideshow here:

    http://www.npr.org/2011/06/12/137106364/a-spirited-celebration-of-americas-cocktail-culture?ps=cprs

    It's just as stunning as the front!

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  38. I'm with Tamina listening...a modern pattern of a shelf bust dress. The Elizabeth Taylor dress from your August 2, 2010 post is on my inspiration list. Did you know that Elizabeth was only 16 when this picture was taken?

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  40. I like the third dress, the one with the print. I want to practice making lined dresses.

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  41. Maggie Gyllenhall wears a dress in one of the Batman films that I've never forgotten. This is the only pic I could find of it and it's not very clear, but it appears to be bias cut and has some beautiful detailing around the bust/sleeve seam area. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_tPZzR7EpIjg/TVLCK-NrrLI/AAAAAAAAAjg/DoBwKZIg77I/s1600/Maggie+Gyllenhaal+Dark+Knight.jpg

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  42. I'm torn between these two:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/75295548/1950s-ruched-organza-strapless-black?ref=sr_gallery_24&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=50s+prom+dress&ga_search_type=vintage&ga_facet=vintage

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/75295548/1950s-ruched-organza-strapless-black?ref=sr_gallery_24&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=50s+prom+dress&ga_search_type=vintage&ga_facet=vintage

    Maybe instead of the huge poofy skirts, the pattern could have interchangeable bottoms, like a pencil or tulip skirt.
    Lovely idea!

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  43. I have been searching for ages for a sarong style strapless or one-shoulder vintage dress pattern and keep coming up empty. I even have fabric piling up for various tropical and formal versions! Please, PLEASE, suggest pattern pieces to make a dress like the "Shaheen Dream" (*swoon*). It doesn't have to be for the SMS guest post, just someday. No pressure or anything. ;) I am confident that what you do share will be fresh and inspired, as always!

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  44. I NEED a pattern for a sarong wrap dress too - one of those amazing Alfred Shaheen styles or what Whirling Turban make. With a big drape down the side and a nicely shaped bust.

    They are SO hard to come by - finding a vintage pattern, even they are so expensive. I would just die to be able to have an affordable and accessible version for myself.

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  45. Any 40s or 50s Balenciaga dress... They have became such a piece of art, only avalaible for collectors or museums, that it seems impossible to find them "flat", drawn on paper... Just a dream to be able to sew one of the "true couturier" outfits...

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  46. LK Bennett here in the UK do the most fabulous dresses (and shoes) My favourite is the Davina http://www.lkbennett.com/clothing/dresses/DRDAVINA2619WOOL2 which makes anyone look glamorous and gives you the most amazing set of curves.

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  47. It would be anything by Paul Poiret for me, but I suppose most people would consider that too off the wall.

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  48. Not perhaps a day dress, but I love this dress that Elizabeth Taylor is wearing and would love a pattern for that!

    http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.latinoreview.com/images/stories/ElizabethTaylor3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.latinoreview.com/news/rest-in-peace-elizabeth-taylor-1932-2011-13009&h=480&w=334&sz=24&tbnid=VuCUwi4BA3TuVM:&tbnh=129&tbnw=90&prev=/search%3Fq%3DElizabeth%2Btaylor%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=Elizabeth+taylor&usg=__9bX2POWk7Y2n2ofvpwYotXw2PyY=&sa=X&ei=7-8KTsPkNoqnhAe_taXNDw&ved=0CGcQ9QEwBg

    Melissa

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  49. I would love to see a pattern for this Anthropologie dress:

    http://www.anthropologie.eu/block-colour/whirligig-dress-pink/invt/7130600140100b/

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  50. I would love to see a pattern for this Anthropologie dress:

    http://www.anthropologie.eu/block-colour/whirligig-dress-pink/invt/7130600140100b/

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  51. Elena, That built by Wendy dress could maybe be done with a modification (for the two alternating fabrics) with this dress from Vogue, minus the belt:

    http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8645-products-11097.php?page_id=856

    Look at the line drawing... I think it's pretty close!

    In fact I was thinking... this sort of thing (matching patterns with famous or vintage or expensive dresses) is a perfect application for "croudsourcing", since we've all probably looked at a lot of patterns!

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  52. As it happens, I spotted the "bandana dress" by Lily Allen & sister Sarah Owen in a magazine here and thought "Now THAT is a dress I would love to have the pattern of!" I also love the symmetrical line-up of the print.
    So... If you'd feel so inclined? Cherry bow on top?

    And wow - writing for Sew Mama Sew - not bad! I am pretty confident that I will like whatever you come up with there :-)

    SabineC

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  53. This may be too simple, but remember the Emma Pilsburry dress with the big black roses? How about something simple and classic like it?

    Though that Maggie Gyllenhaal dress from Bathman is way too awesome to pass.

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  54. You have opened Pandora's box Gertie! I wish I had saved more of the images I love and would attempt to sew. Here are two recents; this Louis Vuitton shirtdress: http://www.instyle.com/instyle/celebrities/lotdpopup/0,,,00.html

    and by Jason Wu http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/2012RST-JASONWU?event=show2282&designer=design_house1157&trend=&iphoto=13#slide=13

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  55. don't get me wrong, Gertie, I only mean that Pandora opened up a lot of reading for you to do!

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  56. I have been eyeing the sugared dress from anthro for so long. I love the simple classic-ness of it, and that it has sleeves, so rare to find.

    What about the anthro Mampos dress? Except I am sure you could make the horizontal pattern lines look so much better at the waist.

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  57. Hi Gertie, it might sound a bit random, but there's a great Franch film called '8 Women' with gorgeous costumes with a '50's feel, especially the ensembles worn by Catherine Deneauve, Isabelle Huppert, and Fanny Ardent - all of which I crave patterns for. BTW, it's a fab film, even aside from the dresses!!

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  58. FOUND A PATTERN!

    For those that crave the Sugared dress from Anthropologie:

    Use this pattern (View C):
    http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8667-products-11347.php?page_id=855

    Bonus: $3.99 Vogue pattern sale at JoAnn's this weekend!

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  59. One pattern I'd love to have is a dress from the TV film Sleeping murder...
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/mystery/sleepingmurder/homeimages/sleepingmurder_left01.jpg
    http://www.dominikscherrer.com/pictures/marple_sleeping_murder.jpg
    http://www.coverdude.com/covers/marple-sleeping-murder-2005-r4-front-cover-64826.jpg
    Not many good pictures online... It's a wrap-style dress with a pleated shawl collar and full skirt. Probably taffetta.
    Not that I have the skill to construct such a dress just yet - but it's one of my all time favourites, so one day I'd love to!
    (The film isn't very good otherwise...)

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  60. P.S. These new, 50s situated Marples are full of fantastic dresses. If you'd ever run out of inspiration...

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  61. I love this dress http://www.modcloth.com/Womens/Dresses/-Still-Life-Photographer-Dress with its fun use of stripes in different directions. I was too late to buy one on ModCloth, which I'm sorrier and sorrier about the more I think about the length, the kimono-style sleeves, the cinched waist...

    But it looks like it might not be TOO tricky to sew. Help me, Gertie!

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  62. Hi Gertie! I recently found a dress on modcloth.com that I absolutely love. I'd love to have a pattern that was similar! Here's the link for the dress. http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/modern-fairytale-dress

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