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by FiftiesFrocks on April 22, 2012 · 23 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Katherine's picks,Vintage Sewing

I recently finished this mixed era dress and I love it. I think I’ve worn it at least three times in the past two weeks! I can’t feel anything but happy when wearing this – I think it’s the brilliant green colours…


The pattern is one I drafted myself based on a 1950′s design (this is the second time I have used it – the first time as seen here is much more traditional look). For this version I decided to use a favorite fabric from my stash that I have been saving for 4 or 5 years. I love this fabric so much that every time I considered sewing it I chickened out for fear of not doing it justice. I brought the fabric for about $15 in a second hand store. There was about 5.3m but at only around 90cm wide it only just made it. It feels like a brushed cotton and is lovely and soft and a little warmer which is great with Autumn coming on down here. I’m not really sure when this fabric may be from. 1960′s? or 1970′s? What do you think?

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Annie Gill April 22, 2012 at 2:51 am

Wow, your dress is adorable. The fabric is fantastic and really makes this dress a stunner!!! Really suits you, you look beautiful!
It is wonderful when you find fabrics like this and even more exciting when you find the perfect dress to make it into !!!
Gorgeous!
Annie :)

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Isis April 22, 2012 at 3:42 am

That’s a very pretty frock!

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allthepreciousthings April 22, 2012 at 5:18 am

I love it! (BTW, are you also an Aussie?)

I know what you mean, about being scared to use beautiful vintage fabric, for fear of making a mistake with it.

Your dress looks amazing!

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FiftiesFrocks April 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Yes I’m an Aussie – Sydney. You also?

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Annie Gill April 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I also thought you were a fellow Aussie as I recognised the house in the BG , it looks like Sydney :)

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Michelle April 22, 2012 at 6:38 am

WOW! This dress is absolutely GORGEOUS! Between the neckline, the skirt, and the fabric, I have a hard time choosing any single favorite element.

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Hillary April 22, 2012 at 6:44 am

I absolutely adore this dress! I love the mash-up of fabric and pattern eras, they come together in an unexpectedly modern way. Absolute knockout!!!

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Ewa April 22, 2012 at 6:51 am

Wow, that’s one really lovely dress! Love that fabric! :)

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JuliN April 22, 2012 at 7:21 am

Fantastic job with the dress! The fabric looks 70s but I think you definitely did it justice with this lovely 50s style!

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Julie April 22, 2012 at 7:39 am

Your hair is a very pretty red and your lovely green dress goes well with your hair color.

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carmencitab April 22, 2012 at 8:31 am

Brilliant indeed!

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Foster April 22, 2012 at 8:57 am

That fabric is to die for. What a find! The dress is lovely and you look great in it!

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Joyatri April 22, 2012 at 9:05 am

That’s fabulous that there was such a wonderful outcome to choosing to use your favorite fabric. The dress is stunning!

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Verena April 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

Absolutely stunning!! The fabric, the pattern and you wearing it makes for a breath-taking combination! I love it. Do you have some little bit of the fabric left? Because a small headband would just look devine. Congratulation for this creation! :)

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Alexandra Wettstein April 22, 2012 at 10:05 am

I am loving that fabric, its cool. It looks even better with your lovely red hair and fair skin, great work!!!! :)

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trish April 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Perfection! You look ready for anything, my dear! Seriously, at least 12 kinds of awesomeness.

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learningnewtricks April 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the style and pattern. The fit is spot on, and it enhances your figure. You not only did the fabric justice, you took it up several notches.

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Adele April 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Love that fabric! It’s gorgeous! Very pretty dress, well done!

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Beatrice Winter April 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Gorgeous dress. Love the cut and fabric. And you look stunning in it.

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lizzy April 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Wow!!! This dress is very pretty!!! You did a great job! And that fabric is great!!

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FiftiesFrocks April 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! Much appreciate x

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velosewer April 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm

That’s just stunning and gorgeous at the same time :)

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Carolyn April 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm

That fabric looks like Viyella which was around in the 60′s. One of my favourite dresses of all time was made (by me) from it. Warm but not too heavy.. just gorgeous.. like your dress.

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