Vintage Sewing

Marian Martin 9289

March 13, 2012

This pattern is my latest mail order dress, and I absolutely love it…

I altered the front of the garment, removing the large front pleat, added a side zip, and a small kick pleat at centre back.  My “shirtwaist” is not functional…purely visual.

Even though I love mail order patterns, and they sew up beautifully…a pattern cannot account for occasional human error – I cut two backs, not one on fold so I now have a contrasting back pleat “thingy”.

The main fabric – vintage 36 inch wide white and green (I love green fabric, and its not always that easy to find) print rayon – is so cool, it has little swirls and flowers, but I didn’t have much of it – I bought it from an op-shop.  I had to decide whether to omit the short sleeves, or use a contrasting fabric.  I am quite happy with the end result – it almost looks deliberate and the buttons are much more striking against the white background.  Teamed with red patent leather shoes and belt, and I am ready to go…

I hope you all have a lovely day 🙂

  1. ~ * ♥ * ~

    And another vote for the pleat ~ I think your dress looks absolutely fab. and when you turn around ~ pow! Another kicker! I love the fabric and the collar; great job!

    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * ♥ * ~

  2. I love the back pleat thingy! I was looking for a link to a blog to see if you explained how you’d done it, and then I read it wasn’t intentional… Some of the best design ideas start as happy accidents!

  3. Great dress! I love green too and am working on a green dress as well! Would love to see closer details of the fabric and the dress…maybe…pretty please!! 🙂

  4. It looks great! Green is my favourite colour (not all greens of course), and it’s so fresh-looking paired with the white. Also, it’s probably the least Christmassy outfit I’ve ever seen in green, white and red 😀

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