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This is absolutely gorgeous, Kristen!! That is such a lovely style (the sleeves are divine!) and it suits you perfectly. Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!! :D

Emily's Vintage Visions

This looks fantastic! Love the details on the dress front and the sleeves. And of course the shoes!!

Kristen Stoltzfus Clay

Thank you so much, Esther and Emily! I like it too. :-)


The pleats in the sleeves of your dress are amazing! I definitely think you did the right thing by going with a solid colour, it's far better for showing off those amazing details that would otherwise be sadly lost! ❤

bonita of Lavender & Twill


This is such a lovely dress with great details, especially the sleeves. I really like it paired with brown accessories.

Kristen Stoltzfus Clay

Thanks, Bonita and Kate-Em! I love the sleeves too. I'm sure I'll use that pattern again. And I do love a nice solid color fabric; prints usually catch my eye but I find that solid colors are usually what I want to sew with!

Sarah A.

Where have you found such lovely brown shoes? These and the ones with yoru periwinkle house dress? I am in need of some brown dress shoes that are semi-comfortable and these look lovely. I realize they are vintage but do you have a good source for such shoes? :)

Kristen Stoltzfus Clay

Hi Sarah - I have found almost all my vintage shoes on Etsy or Ebay...it's kind of hit or miss because the sizes vary. I have a pair of 7.5 B vintage shoes that fit me well, and a pair of 8 narrow that barely fit. I will occasionally find a pair in an antique store, but usually I just keep an eye out on Etsy and Ebay. Sometimes you can find some in your size on sale or for a good price - or sometimes they are worth the splurge (to me at least). Actually, most of my shoes I've gotten on Ebay over the years. I've found a few brands I like, find out my size in that brand, and keep my eye out for models that I like on Ebay. Sometimes I have to wait a while but then can get a pair for $10 on Ebay (usually used) rather than $60 new so it's worth it.


The dress is gorgeous, love the details and you wear it well!


It is a very lovely dress! Where could I find a pattern with simaler sleeves?

Kristen Stoltzfus Clay

Unfortunately, I don't know of a modern reprinted pattern that has them. These were on a vintage pattern, McCall 3142. You may be able to find a copy on eBay or Etsy.

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