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The Allie Dress – Notebook Inspired

By on August 23, 2014

Who doesn’t love the film ‘The Notebook’?

Well I do.

I don’t care how soppy and girly that makes me.


I like it so much that it inspired a sewing project. As a result of a sewalong based on the film I chose one iconic outfit to recreate for myself.

Now because I don’t do things the simple way,  I chose the iconic bikini as my source of creativity. The only issue being,  there was no way I was being pictured in a bikini for my blog.

I had the idea to make a few tweaks and turn it into a dress – perfect for the summer which, ironically, is now coming to an end. In my defense, when I originally made this, summer was only just beginning.

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The dress consists of a full, gathered circle skirt (with a big net underskirt underneath of course!) A shirred back, halterneck and sweetheart bust with gathers.

I knew I would have to make the dress from scratch, pattern and all, and what use is making a pattern and not being able to share it with people? Hence resulting in a busy month or so of drafting and redrafting, digitizing and photographing.

Now who doesn’t love a vintage inspired free sewing pattern!?

Notebook Dress

Click HERE to go through to my original blog post where you will find lots more pictures and the dress pattern to download for free, as well as  some pdf instructions to help you construct the blighter 😀

I hope you have fun sewing up my latest pattern and I would love to hear what you think so please do leave me a comment, and of course I am dying to see your own versions of the Allie Dress, so feel free to send me pictures or links 😀

Happy Sewing


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1960s | Dresses

Another Retro Mission is Over!

By on April 11, 2012
Butterick 6582 retro dress

I finally finished my retro dress from Butterick patterns B6582. I’ll be honest with you. Although the illustrations on the pattern envelope of elegant feminine look of 60s do get you excited about buying this pattern, you don’t get that retro look when your project is finished. Or maybe, it’s just me lacking the elegancy 🙂

Butterick 6582 retro dress

Still, my love for black and white dresses made me enjoy this dress a lot, with or without the retro vibe 🙂

The detail I liked most about this dress was the V-shaped back. It’s probably the only original detail that remained from the B6582 pattern 🙂 Rest of the dress was full of alterations. Read more in sewingyourstyle.tumblr.com for the step-by-step information and for more photos on this project.

butterick 6582 sewing steps

happy sewing!

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