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A Wintery Ceylon Dress

Hello again! It’s been a while since my first post here, but I’ve been busy sewing and I just finished something that I think is vintage-looking enough that I can post it here… the Colette Ceylon dress! I was looking for a genuine 1940’s pattern to make, but didn’t find what I was looking for so I figured that a 40’s-style modern pattern would have to do.

I made this up in a a lightweight wool that I bought at a local discount fabric store. It’s 100% wool, so it’s quite warm, and aside from fraying like mad, was lovely to work with.

I had to size down the pattern, but other than that I made very few changes – just adjusting the shoulders and the shape of the back yoke.

I tired lots of new techniques, such as covered buttons and buttonholes (in retrospect, it might have been a better idea to start with a button-down blouse rather than a project that required 16 buttons and buttonholes, but this seemed like a good idea at the time. Ah well, it all worked out nicely in the end).

In case you’re wondering, the actual colour is somewhere in between the colour in the pictures of me wearing it and the flat picture. It’s not quite as dark as it looks in the photos of me wearing it, but it’s not quite as purple as the flat photo.

I’m really happy with how this dress turned out. For more details, including the facepalm-worthy story of why I have one too many buttonholes, have a look at the full post on my blog. Thanks for reading!

About the author: I’m Shannon, a vintage-loving, ethically conscious eighteen-year old who loves sewing, knitting, and exploring thrift stores. Check out my blog at youngseamstress.blogspot.ca !

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  • Deb November 5, 2013, 1:21 am

    I have this pattern, but I cannot get my buttonholer to work to save my life, hence why I haven’t sewn it yet. Yours turned out absolutely lovely! Beautiful fabric too!

    • YoungSeamstress November 10, 2013, 8:46 pm

      Thanks! I know, buttonholes can be so finicky. This dress sat unfinished for so long because I was so scared my machine would make a mess of them.

  • Anthea November 5, 2013, 2:23 am

    Love it! This pattern is so lovely!

  • Carolyn November 5, 2013, 8:21 am

    Beautiful dress! I love rich-coloured wools for fall/winter. And wonderful job on your buttons and buttonholes!

    • YoungSeamstress November 10, 2013, 8:49 pm

      Thank you! Same here – I can’t get enough of this dark red at the moment. I’m seriously considering going back and buying more to make a skirt out of!

  • Emma November 5, 2013, 1:00 pm

    Oh we all know it isn’t that easy for posting frequently but you made an amazing dress! I really love it, if you could sew a little beter than I can now I would immediately search the pattern and start… You did a great job!! ~

  • highheelhippie November 5, 2013, 6:22 pm

    I have this pattern as well and a silk cotton blend I have been saving for it, probably more suitable for spring. I love yours and thinking maybe I need a winter version. Nicely done.

  • Julia Dom @ Ink & Paper World November 5, 2013, 8:44 pm

    This whole thing is so lovely–the color, the pattern, how it turned out! I wish I had half your skill and can’t wait to see what else you come up with 🙂

  • F. K. November 6, 2013, 6:02 pm

    What a beautiful dress!

  • Katherine November 6, 2013, 10:54 pm

    Looks fabulous and I love your thorough write-up, here and on your blog 🙂

    (Don’t worry about the buttonhole – nobody is going to notice!)

  • Catherine Alekna November 8, 2013, 5:55 am

    aww youve done such a beautiful job! It looks really nice!

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