Red 60s Dress

by belleclara on June 18, 2013 · 8 comments

in 1960s,Dresses,Mad Men Inspired,Vintage Sewing

I made this dress from Simplicity 6555 which dates from 1966. I used a vintage double knit polyester I purchased on eBay.

I decided to hand picked a vintage metal zipper. (Why don’t they make met zipper anymore, they seem so much better?) because hand stitching virtually disappears in this fabric. The stitching on the zipper, sleeves and hem are completely hidden.

I also bias bound the sleeves with some lighter weight fabric from a previous project, as the fabric was bulky and I didn’t want to add any extra bulk. I used seam tape to bind the waistline seam / stay the waist after I tried on the dress and realized the waist seam allowance was making the waist seam stick out, despite being pressed.

I am very happy with how it turned out. I feel like Jackie O. in this dress. I am especially in love with the cut of the bodice and the interesting seaming.

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I'm Bry (pronounced like the cheese). I like making things, especially sewing. I also like fashion and history. I love anything vintage or antique, especially vintage sewing patterns. I like thrifting and finding old treasures. I love design and I love writing.

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Rebecca June 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm

What a great fabric find, it looks lovely. And your shoes are fantastic!


Deb June 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I have to agree- I love the interesting seams on this and the color is lovely!


Debbie June 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Goodness, that is a true flashback! : ) Nice job. Seems to me like we loved the introduction of nylon zippers.


mariebayarea June 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm

That color is dazzling! Loving that dress and your fantastic updo.


tanyamaile June 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

Lovely dress and it looks smashing on you!


Catherine Alekna June 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

This really nice! I have been trying to find a nice double knit for a 60s shift pattern i have. I love that it has a texture woven into it.
Beautiful sewing too!


Annie June 19, 2013 at 11:12 pm

The fabric is a lovely colour and the dress itself is gorgeous!


LucyLovesYa June 20, 2013 at 8:22 am

Really love this dress… the colour, the shape… Fab x


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