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This dress is both a UFO and an unseasonal addition to my wardrobe. Well, as much as anything is unseasonal in Wellington NZ - the land of 'four seasons in one day'.

I've named the dress after the Southerly winds that blow straight off Antarctica and bring winter in the middle of summertime.

The dress is made from a 1931 pattern (Excella E3169) out of white wool with black silk satin trim recycled from a vintage obi.

More info and construction pictures on my blog: http://thedreamstress.com/2012/02/finished-project-the-summertime-southerly-1931-dress/

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Comment by Zilredloh on February 3, 2012 at 3:23pm

What a pretty dress and ensemble!  The subtle flare of the skirt and trim and accessories in black are timeless!  What pattern did you use?

Comment by Leimomi Oakes - The Dreamstress on February 5, 2012 at 3:42am

Thank you!

It's Excella E3169 - a vintage 1931 pattern (an original, not a re-release).  Sadly, it's really hard to find, but I'm really, really lucky to have it.  It's one of my favourite patterns, but I usually make it up as a summer dress in chiffon with no sleeves or collar.  

Comment by Leimomi Oakes - The Dreamstress on February 22, 2012 at 2:28am

Thank you :-)

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