Marian Martin 9289

by parismegs on March 13, 2012 · 15 comments

in Vintage Sewing

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 :-)

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holly March 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

the contrasting pleat thing looks pretty cool. good save! in fact, i noticed it first as an interesting detail.


Lynn March 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Very cute! I think you did a nice save with the pleat in the back.


PepperToast March 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Love it. Love it ALOT! Very very lovely and I really like how you have ‘styled it’ too. Like you just stepped out of the 40′s.


sewinghappyplace March 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I love the “pleat thingy!” I think it totally makes the look.


Sandra March 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Yes, add one more vote for the contrasting back pleat! I LOVE it!


bonita March 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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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!

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Yasmine March 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Great save! The contrasting back pleat “thingy” also caught my eye as a fab detail.


Pamela March 14, 2012 at 5:56 am

The “back pleat thingy” is the icing on the cake! Smashing garment!!


Sue March 14, 2012 at 7:40 am

this couldn’t be any cuter!


lemur178 March 14, 2012 at 7:48 am

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!


Julia March 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

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!! :)


parismegs March 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Will post some more detailed photos in the next day or two at my blog –


Marie March 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm

The contrasting back pleat “thingy” is my favourite thing about it! Just lovely.


Time and again March 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm

What fabulous fabric – especially teamed with the red. Love the collar detail!


amonik March 16, 2012 at 6:54 am

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 :-D


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