First Post – Hand-Drafted 60s Trapeze Dress

by manicpop11 on May 27, 2013 · 7 comments

in 1960s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

Hi all!

This is my first post here !

I wanted to show off a trapeze/tent dress I made earlier this year from vintage fabric. I make almost all of my own sewing patterns and this is one of my designs. I think this dress turned out quite well! I had never made a button placket pattern before and I’m happy that it worked out as well as it did.


The collar on this was quite a happy accident as well – I cut it, not really paying attention to where the points fell, but they happened to fall in exactly the right places!

My boyfriend’s mom found me this fabric for Christmas this year and I struggled to design the perfect dress for this for months. Looks like I got it right with this shape!

You can always see more on my blog, Manic Pop for my latest retro-inspired works.

Thanks for reading!

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Nicole - Midwest retro-inspired fashion designer who loves mostly psychedelic vintage clothing. I primarily draft all of my own patterns and works can be seen on my blog, Manic Pop. I collect vintage sewing catalogs and love sewing with vintage fabrics.

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Foster May 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Fabulous fabric!


Amy mayen May 27, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Very nice! It’s always a nice touch when you draft it yourself:) unless you’re me, & then it’s crap if you draft it yourself….but your collar is really lovely & great job on the button placket!


manicpop11 May 28, 2013 at 12:29 am

Aww, keep drafting Amy! And always make a muslin.

I have been doing my own pattern work (non-professionally) for at least 7 years and only now do I feel comfortable with my drafting skills. Lots of details to remember – but you’ll get the hang of it!

I constantly refer to my pattern making book – Pattern Making for Fashion design by Helen Joseph Armstrong. I have the 3rd edition and this series is really popular in fashion design schools if that helps you any with your drafting. :)


mariebayarea May 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm

This looks like authentic retro. Very cool.


Vix May 28, 2013 at 2:08 am

What a fabulous dress, the fabric is wonderful and you look lovely! x


Rachel May 28, 2013 at 6:29 am

Wow! So cute! Great melding of fabric and pattern. I would like to learn to draft my own patterns, too.


EmSewCrazy May 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Very fun. Great choice for that fabric. The collar is gorgeous.


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