Seventies Mash Up Dress by HoffiCoffi

by HoffiCoffi on August 20, 2012 · 11 comments

in Vintage Sewing

Hello, allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Eira and I blog as HoffiCoffi.  I was hoping you might like to see the dress I made from a Seventies pattern I was recently lucky enough to find in a seaside charity shop….


The bodice section of this dress is an old seventies pattern (Butterick 6571 to be precise) as shown below.

I bought it at the charity shop for the princely sum of one pound but when I got it home I found that the majority of the pattern was missing.  The resulting dress is therefore an amalgamation of several patterns as blogged here.

When I put this dress on after making the bodice I just laughed.

Those sleeves are redonkulous!
But I really, really love them!

For me, this is why I sew – to make things that I simply couldn’t find on the high street.  It’s not that I want to stand out it’s just that I always seem to find it impossible to blend in.  Believe me, I spent many a youth club disco in my early teens desperately trying to dress like my friends but never quite getting it right…!

I have put in a lapped zip.  It’s my first one so it’s far from perfect but the book I used for advice assured me the hand pick stitches would ‘scream couture!’.  I remain unconvinced!

Another gratuitous sleeve shot.  Honestly I could look at those sleeves all day!

Finally this is my tailor’s dummy Merle modelling the inside of the dress.  I was lucky enough to have some vintage binding given to me which I used to bind the neck and sleeve edges (the original dress had a small bow at the neckline but, given the gingham nature of the dress, even I thought that might be a ‘Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz’ step too far!).  I was even luckier to have some cheap and cheerful polycotton fabric in exactly the same colour as the binding to face the sleeve and waist bands.

In short I love this dress.  The skirt panels are not as full as the original pattern.  This was an accident a considered design choice that I am really glad happened as it fits me perfectly and I would usually go for a fuller skirt.  My only real slip up was due to my insistence in keeping the central seam in the front of the skirt, the gingham pattern placement is slightly off putting as there is a double row of red stripes down the centre which is a tad annoying but I can live with that!

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Lizzy August 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Nice job!

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HoffiCoffi August 22, 2012 at 5:58 am

Thank you!

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EmSewCrazy August 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Love the daisies on the gingham! What a fun little dress! The sleeves are truly amazing!

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HoffiCoffi August 22, 2012 at 5:57 am

Thank you. I also love the daisies. Was it in ‘You’ve Got Mail’ that they were described as the friendliest flower? I’d agree with that!

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Danielle August 21, 2012 at 12:47 am

Beautiful! And I adore the fabric!

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HoffiCoffi August 22, 2012 at 5:56 am

Thank you, I was lucky enough to be given the fabric by my Mum. She knows my taste!

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L August 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

I love this!! What a fantastic pattern find!!

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HoffiCoffi August 22, 2012 at 5:53 am

Thank you! I was so excited when I saw this pattern hidden amongst others.

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CrimsonGardenia August 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm

You are right! Those sleeves are out of control AND great! :-)

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HoffiCoffi August 22, 2012 at 5:55 am

They were so easy to do as well. I was worried that such a great volume of fabric would bunch up in my machine but luckily it stayed under control!

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Shay August 31, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Oh, I’m laughing. I made that midriff dress (6571, I seem to remember it was a design by Bill Tise who did a lot of faux-forties stuff) when I was in high school. Out of yellow seersucker and the bodice drove me crazy.

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