I have been a sewing fiend

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in 1970s


…these last couple of weeks. I finished another dress on Saturday, but am just now getting good pictures.

I made a few changes to this pattern: I installed side seam pockets, changed the collar shape, lengthened it, and omitted the top loop and button closure.

This pattern was very easy to follow and went together pretty quickly. I really love the fabric that the collar and loops are made out of. It is a South African fabric that my preacher’s wife gave me a few scraps of (they are from South Africa). I had been waiting for an appropriate use for it, and when I found the tan fabric at Goodwill for $0.59, and realized it matched perfectly, and that I had vintage buttons that also matched perfectly, I was champing at the bit to get started.

I definitely plan to make this dress again. It’s a great everyday dress. The only thing I will change in future version is to tighten up the button loops a little – they tend to come undone, although it isn’t much of a problem as it does not cause gaping. There is a snap behind the top button, to keep wardrobe mishaps at bay.

Without the contrast collar and buttons, I think this tan fabric would be too bland for me. The other drawback is that it is polyester, and doesn’t breath. But in a cotton, this would be the perfect summer dress.
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Mamselle Duroc June 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm

It’s charming! It looks ever so much better than it does on the pattern cover. And I love the colors you chose, too.

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Anonymous June 11, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Darling dress. Agree, your version looks way better! Love your modifications. If you switch to a larger button size, your loops won’t come undone.

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Grace a la Mode. June 11, 2008 at 4:09 pm

the dress is gorgeous! I love the different fabric for the collar–it’s wonderful!

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MadeByAmanda June 11, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Well, for this dress, I am in love with the buttons I’ve got. So I won’t change them, I’ll just keep discreetly buttoning them back up when they come undone. :)

But yeah, in future versions I’ll either have to make the loops smaller or the buttons bigger.

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Feeling Simply Quilty June 11, 2008 at 7:55 pm

That’s a great dress. I really like the collar coordinated button loops. Cute, Cute, Cute!

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Eugenia June 17, 2008 at 12:31 pm

The dress is gorgeous!!!! The collar and the belt are just unique!!!
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