The Von Trapp Wiggle Dress

by Jade on January 5, 2012 · 21 comments

in Made from Curtains,Vintage Sewing

This is a lovely little thing I made from a 1950′s McCall’s 4361 wiggle dress pattern with some killer curtains I found at a thrift store. It took a bit of tweaking around to get it to work with a modern body type (sans retro foundation garments). This is one of my favorite dresses.

Von Trap Wiggle Dress!

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I am a professional seamstress and costumer living in New Orleans. I have a serious pattern collecting problem. I love to sew just about anything. But, if left to my own devices, I would prefer to sew anything that was worn between the years 1870 and 1970.

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Michelle January 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

Gorgeous! Those vintage curtains were a great fit for your dress!


Pimpinett January 5, 2012 at 10:56 am

The fit is fantastic, and I love those huge roses.


jax black January 5, 2012 at 11:05 am

Lovely frock …lovely style and love your tattoos.;)


BoPeep January 5, 2012 at 11:15 am

I adore clothes made from unconventional fabric – curtains, tablecloths, car upholstery…well, you know. Fits you like a glove! I did a wiggle dress from a duvet cover and know what you mean about tweaking the lines to fit a modern body. But it’s worth the time and trouble. Nothing better than a well-fitted wiggle dress! Great job!


A.J.A. January 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I love the neck/shoulder interest. This is a great fit and a lovely dress.


Miss Crayola Creepy January 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Those are curtains?!?!? Wish I could find some cool curtains like that!


Thread Ov Metal January 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm


This looks perfect on you!


Sarah January 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Amazing job! I’m so envious of your location..


Anna Neah January 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

That dress is totally gorgeous!


Amanda January 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Oh this is just stunning! I love the fabric and adore the neckline. Well done :D


Frances January 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm

This is such an awesome dress! The fit is divine, the fabric really works, and I LOVE the neckline. Congratulations on a fabulous dress!


livebird January 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Love, love, LOVE this. Giant orange roses. Beautiful neckline. Raglan sleeves. Perfect fit. Ticks absolutely all the boxes, then goes back and ticks ‘em again. Well done!


karen January 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

love it! great tat too!


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Claire January 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Wow! I love that dress. It fits so well too. Great job.


Adey January 6, 2012 at 1:03 am

You look stunning in this gorgeous dress! Great fit and those beautiful curtains are definitely put to good use!


Anna January 6, 2012 at 1:36 am

What a beautiful fit! You’re definitely a pro! And I love the tattoos….


thedaisyepoch January 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

Fantastic! I too, am a vintage patternholic. ; )


mariebayarea January 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm

this is so fabulous! you look amazing


Steph January 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I love the neckline on that dress! So sharp.


Tilly January 7, 2012 at 7:37 am

Oh my! This is absolutely gorgeous! What a great find with the curtains… and well done for making old curtains look sexy!


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