poodle dress!

by christine on November 2, 2011 · 15 comments

in 1950s,1960s

you know how sometimes a fabric and a pattern are meant to be together? that’s kinda how i felt a few weeks ago when i went to an estate sale and found these two things
simplicity 3961

and 4 yards of teal poodles!

i knew i was supposed to make that dress, so i went home, and i did it-

taaa daaaaaaaa!

i added on square pockets to the front with buttons from my grandmother’s button collection that i recently inherited. i also opted to make the bows detachable because sometimes i feel like as a freckly, petite, 25 year old with a high pitch voice, i don’t exactly need extra bows to make me look any more not my age… just once, i’d like to not be carded…. once…..

now that i think about it, wearing poofy dresses with poodles on them probably doesn’t help either…..

well, as usual there is more on my blog!


This post was written by...

– who has written 12 posts on WeSewRetro.com.

i live in san antonio-- deep in the heart of texas! i've been sewing for about 10 years with experience as a professional tailor. i have a killer vintage pattern collection and some mad, mad skills...

christine's posts / christine's website

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

puu November 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm

omg. it seems over the top until you see how fabulous it looks as a finished dress! how much fun is that? the whole thing was obviously meant to be and that brooch is too perfect.

(29…and still carded…not complaining!)


Miss Crayola Creepy November 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that fabric. Those bows are darling and those pockets! I just like everything about the dress!


Sølvi November 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

This is adorable! Love the poodles. Well done in matching fabric with pattern! :-)


Lauren November 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Oh my gosh!!! Perfection!
That fabric! *swoon*


oh my dior November 2, 2011 at 5:49 pm

wow this blog is one of the cutest I have ever seen! I’m following you via facebook hope you can follow me too so we can keep in touch!!!



Inkdork November 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Adorable! The fabric is a perfect match for the dress! Love your addition of pockets as well. Really cute.


Kristin November 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Oh, wow — you were right on the money with this fabric! How fantastic! And the pockets really add a lot. Fantastic!


Karen L. November 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Cute dress and love the poodle pin with it!


MsGuinevere November 3, 2011 at 10:33 am

That may be the cutest dress I have EVER seen in my life!!!!!!


BoPeep November 3, 2011 at 11:14 am

Too fun! Novelty dresses sort of walk the line for me. Sometimes they end up to be really silly after you get over the initial rush of having finished the project. But this one is so perfect! Absolutely looks like something that would have been made in the day!


Nikki November 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I love it! As you say, the pattern just fits that fabric perfectly! Fantastic!


Lizzy November 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Ohh! Very cute dress!! lovely fabric, and that pin is so cute also!


Joni November 5, 2011 at 7:19 am

Perfect! Will you be wearing a crinoline with this?


NightingaleJen November 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm

WOW! Fabulous—great fabric choice and the dress looks wonderful. You’re going to have fun wearing this one! And the pin is the ideal finishing touch. :)


christine November 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm

thank you ladies :)
yes joni– i will defiantly wear a crinoline with this, but mine all were lent out for halloween and i am JUST now getting them all back! i just got back a giant teal one with sequins on the edge- i think that will be the winner!


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: