Vintage Sewing

dress in progress

May 30, 2007

My plan is to finish my 60’s dress this upcoming weekend. I still have some adjustments to make, but apart from that it’s just lacking sleeves and a proper hemline. I received lots of help with pinning it to fit by my boyfriend, which impressed me enormously; he’s not much for sewing or knitting or anything and sometimes have a hard time grasping the basics of it (mostly due to lack of interest, I suppose), but I think he’s also quite eager to see this dress finished, so he didn’t mind lending a hand. Or two, in this case.

I realised that I need to take off about and inch and a half over the shoulders to achieve a better fit, but I don’t think it will cause any major problems, so I’m not worried about that. I’ve already been commissioned by two of my friends to make dresses for them, and if I have anything to say about it, there will definitely be a retro style to both of them!

Anyway, here are some photos of what the dress looks like now and how it should fit.

Present state of dress:

How it should fit:


  1. I think you might need to adjust the back darts to add a little more ease to the bustline before you do anything to the shoulders. Have you tried sitting down? That can change the way the bodice fits.

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