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Lady Mary’s Garden Party Dress

I’ve been busy sewing away on another Downton Abbey inspired piece. For Easter, I decided to sew up Mary’s Garden Party/Flower Show dress from season 1.

I used Vogue 8648 as a starting point and then drafted away to make the piece more like Mary’s dress. I also got to use a piece of my great-grandmother’s lace that I inherited when she passed last summer so this project was very special to me.

I also retrimmed a hat to look like the one Mary wears with this dress at the Garden Party.

If you’d like to get more details, you can find them on my blog. And stick around because I’ll be doing a hat construction post and a dress detail post later on this week over at my blog.


About the author: I’m a 20 something Chemistry professor who loves the fashions of the 30s, 40s and 50s. I’m also completely obsessed with Downton Abbey. Aside from sewing, I also love to knit, scrapbook and read.

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  • D'ellis April 9, 2012, 1:58 pm

    Gorgeous adaptation of Mary’s dress! I’ve been debating that same dress, but haven’t gotten too far yet, so your post is excellent info. Thank you!

  • Nicole April 9, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Lovely dress! And you resemble Mary quite a bit in that headshot.

  • Katherine April 10, 2012, 8:55 am

    I love that you incorporated your great-grandmother’s lace. Very sweet 🙂

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