This is my first post, so I’ll take a minute to introduce myself. I’m Allie, I’m a library science student and former archaeologist, and my decades of choice are the 1950s and 60s. I blog over at

My current project is perfecting a few go-to patterns: a fitted shift, a fit-and-flare dress, and a loose shift, which you can see the second incarnation of today!

2013.01.19 Green Shift

It is a modern pattern (New Look 6145 in its most basic version) inspired by a dress worn by Cynthia on Mad Men and pinned here. I really like my version (yellow’s not my color) but there are still some fitting issues I am working on, namely a swayback alteration and too much fabric in the front.

2013.01.19 Green Shift

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Ex-archaeologist. Lazy seamstress (getting better). Aspiring librarian. Lover of fifties and sixties style.

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MissTessaMelissa January 24, 2013 at 6:06 pm

It looks cute! I think you did well choosing the green over the yellow. I think almost all vintage patterns need swayback alts (unless its a full skirt, of course).


missalliemass March 27, 2013 at 11:15 am

I didn’t know that about swayback alterations in vintage patterns–something to keep in mind going forward, thanks!


A.J.A. January 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

This is very cute! The color is very nice on you, and I like what you did with the bow in front. Doesn’t look like too much work to tweak the fit, and you’ll have the great wardrobe staple you are after!


BeaW January 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

Awesome colour and cute bow detail. Lovely!!!


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