The Marianne Dress for Round 2 of SOSM

SOSMII2 Here’s my entry for Round Two of the Super Online Sewing Match II. All eight of the remaining contestants were sent the Marianne Dress pattern by Christine Haynes and a gift certificate to purchase fabric at I love their selection of fabrics, but I had something specific in mind for my 60’s inspired dress. I needed a print and a coordinating solid which can be difficult to match without seeing the fabric in person. I did order some very cool fabric from FabricWorm, and I’ll be using it soon to make some soft and comfortable knit pajamas. IMG_1255 On Fridays, Beverly’s Fabric has a half-off sale on all the flat folds on their back tables. Sometimes you get lucky and find really interesting and fun fabrics. I scored on three knit fabrics that had bold designs and bright colors. I also picked up several small cuts of black knit fabric for collars, cuffs, and yokes. I call it “mystery” fabric because the fiber content is not available. I washed and dried all of it before construction, just in case something wanted to shrink or change drastically. IMG_1247 I made a complete test version following the instructions exactly. I found the procedure for sewing clear and easy to follow. The sleeve for my listed size was the only thing that I would need to adjust by widening it along the sleeve seam and making it about a half inch longer on any future versions. I’ll share it on my blog after the contest is over. For my round two entry, I chose this colorful circles within circles print, and used black for the yoke, collar, and cuffs. I made it one size smaller than the dress for me, so that it would fit my daughter. IMG_1273 I added clear elastic on the shoulders to help keep the shape, basted the arm and neckline seams together first, and then serged every seam. I finished the hem with the coverstitch machine, using pink thread to blend in with the dress.Image-1 2Right after finding this fabric, my vision started to materialize. I would make the Marianne dress with the sleeves, cuffs, and yoke, but also add the signature Peter Pan collar. To make it standout against the black yoke, I trimmed it with coordinating pink piping. Because the collar is all one piece, the thickness of the piping made it impossible for the middle to tuck under the band and lie flat, and so it has a continuous pink line from end to end. I think it looks like it was meant to be. 😉 IMG_1242The dress was nearly finished with just an hour to go before my daughter arrived to model it. All I needed to do was find buttons to match. I dug through my stash of buttons and tried everything. Nothing matched or looked right on the cuffs. Then, I came across a packet of self-cover buttons. I was so excited after not having the right buttons that I joyfully and boastfully exclaimed how cool my buttons were as I made them. My husband looked at me like I was crazy!Image-1 Version 2 IMG_1266When my daughter arrived, we went out for a photoshoot. We found an ally with this great solid blue wall and took all of the photos there. She did a wonderful job again, and I really appreciate it. She loves the dress and says it reminds her of Megan from Mad Men. IMG_1246Happy Sewing and Good Luck to all of the contestants! Signature

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16 Responses to The Marianne Dress for Round 2 of SOSM

  1. says:

    It looks amazing! Great job! I’ll look forward to the contest results, but I bet you go to the next round! Pat

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  2. loribeilby says:

    The piping around the collar is a great accent!

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  3. Love what you did with the piping and the detail in the covered buttons. I know you will go all the way.

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  5. Such a cute and fun dress! It looks super on your daughter😄

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  6. So cute! I love the piping and the covered buttons – they’re such nice accents!

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  7. redknitter says:

    Those covered buttons are the cutest! Hope your daughter loves her new dress!

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  8. Cute dress, what a great model! Love it!

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  9. dkswife says:

    The dress is beautiful. I love the piping on the collar.

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  10. What a great idea to have the collar stand out with that piping, it was the perfect touch 🙂


  11. That dress is AWESOME! The fussy-cut buttons are ingenious and wow…just wow. It looks like something we’d see in a James Bond movie. I love it! Amazing job. Piping on the collar? Yippee!


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  14. Sorry for delayed respond – working through my backlog but just had to comment! What a glorious dress and your daughter models it beautifully. Looking forward to seeing you wear your version.


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