70s Sweet Candy Dress

by Anthea on March 18, 2012 · 10 comments

in 1970s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

Muslin turned into finished dress

Today I finished the 70s dress. At first this was meant to be a muslin. I didn’t like the fabric that much, but when I was working with the fabric I started to like it a little better. Besides I didn’t need to change a lot on the pattern which made me decide to finish the dress. The dress is completely lined from the inside and has an invisible zipper at the back.

(I took the pics in my sewing room, please don’t mind the threads and other stuff on the floor ;) )

The pattern

This dress pattern is from a sewing magazine called Marion from 1972. It was my first time working with these patterns, but there weren’t any difficulties. Actually it was really clear and easy. I really really like the sleeves of the dress. I like puffed sleeves in general but these are just lovely.
Not only the top of the sleeve has gathered fabric to creat a puffed sleeve. The sleeve has a yoke where also the fabric is gathered.

I altered the centre front pannel a little. At the original design the top of the this pannel should be higher then the side pannels. I thought it looked a bit strange so i decided to keep the neckline straight.It’s not clearly visible, but its the left dress from the picture in the right corner of the photo of the magazine.

The real thing

Now I finished this dress I will start with the real thing. I want to use this cotton fabric with a lovely print:

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns March 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm

The last picture you showed of that cotton print is adorable. I can’t wait to see your finished creation!

Happy sewing,



Anthea March 19, 2012 at 3:10 am

I will add an entry here as soon as the dress is finished!


Anne March 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm

A very cute dress and a great year !


Anthea March 19, 2012 at 3:10 am

Thanks, you were born that year?


Jeanne Marie March 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Cute fabric, and the dress is very flattering. The fabric with the chair looks great!


Anthea March 19, 2012 at 3:10 am

Thanks :)


FiftiesFrocks March 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Ooooh cute. The candy print it good but I LOVE that chair fabric. Where is it from? Please make sure you post it up once it’s made!


Anthea March 19, 2012 at 3:12 am

Thanks! I bought the fabric at http://www.equilter.com.


Anne March 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

fab! I love a good flower dress!


amantra January 17, 2013 at 11:22 am

great dress


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