My Most Favourite Vintage Dress xXx

Hi there, my name is Hannah Smith and this is my first post on We Sew Retro!

I am very excited. 

I will start by sharing a little about myself. I taught myself to sew about 4 years ago and haven’t looked back since. It has become rather an obsession, as I am sure many of you can relate to. My love of sewing has inspired me to branch out into many more crafts, such as jewellery making, crochet, baking, the list could go on and on. My passion for all things creative has led me to set up my own little blog Made with Hugs and Kisses and I am astounded by the amazing and supportive people I have met through it.

Anyway, lately I have developed an interest in all things vintage. I never really realised it at first but almost all of my creations have elements of vintage fashion, most typically the 50′s. I have discovered some great local vintage fairs over the last few months and my collection of vintage patterns and fabric has rapidly grown.

With this in mind I have been thinking of sharing some of my vintage sewing adventures here for some time but I was waiting until I had the perfect first post.

Well this dress is my most favourite creation and it is completely vintage inspired!

I used a vintage Vogue pattern 5028 which I have dated back to 1960.

It is the adorable ruched sleeves that made me fall in love with this pattern, they are so flattering and easy to sew.

As you can tell, I haven’t used the original skirt part of the pattern, instead I added a gathered rectangle skirt I drafted myself.

The dress fastens with a side zipper

As for the fabric, would you believe this was sourced from curtains that my Nan gave to me!

Like I mentioned, this is my most favourite vintage dress that I have created. It fits so well, is really comfortable and the style really suits the fabric. I can see me using this pattern a lot more in the future. Perhaps with some different skirt styles.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Do you have a favourite vintage creation?

Speak soon

And thank you We Sew Retro!

xXx

• Meet the Author • made with hugs and kisses


Hi there, I'm Hannah Smith! I taught myself to sew about 5 years ago and haven't looked back since. I love to dabble in all things creative from sewing to jewellery making to baking and crochet. My crafting addiction has led to me to develop a hoarding problem, most recently of vintage patterns :D Follow my adventures over on the Made with Hugs and Kisses Blog xXx


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  • The dress is so cute & I love that it’s made from curtains! The sleeves are great too – I’ve been looking for a sleeve idea for a 80s peplum dress I want to restyle into a blouse. With the HUGE puffed & shoulder-padded sleeves that are currently on it, I should have no problem having enough fabric to make those. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • I am glad it has provided you with some inspiration – you should certainly post your dress once you have completed it :D Thanks you for your lovely comment xXx

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  • Very cute!

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  • Very cute dress, love the fabric and aren’t those sleeves great, I’ve never seen that before, that may be a rare pattern – hang onto it! Bet you make up that dress in lots more fabrics! Everyone ends up with a favourite pattern that they make over and over. There’s an idea for a thread!

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  • it fits perfectly! Good job and your hair fits the dress, too.

    matilda’s girl

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  • This is lovely! It reminds me on the modern Cambie dress pattern.

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  • I love the sleeves and how the gathering is repeated in the skirt you designed. The proportions work well. This style really flatters you!

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  • Vintage curtains come in such pretty fabrics. Balloon valances are a good (and usually cheap) source, too, if not so old that the sun has faded the creases. They look too narrow at first, but the one’s I’m thinking of are folded lengthwise double, have large casings on the long edges and often come in pairs or foursies. Which means that you get at least 36″ wide, and a LONG length since so much fabric is required to make the gatherey – poufy design of the balloon in the first place. Yes, it’s a lot of work to pick out so many lines of stitching!! Your dress is very pretty, and is lovely with your skin and hair.

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