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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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I'm a gal who loves both the fashion of the 1950's and sewing. I can think of nothing better than spending a day sewing a great new frock then spending the night with my lovely husband and wonderful friends wearing my newest creation and having a blast.


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23 comments… add one

  • 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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  • That’s a very pretty frock!

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  • 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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    • Yes I’m an Aussie – Sydney. You also?

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

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

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

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  • Brilliant indeed!

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! Much appreciate x

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

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  • 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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