Vintage-inspired Dress Out of Old Curtains

by Stephanie on June 27, 2013 · 6 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Pattern Drafting,Vintage Sewing

This dress is both thrifty and fashionable :) I bought this left-over curtain material from a flea market for 3 Euros and drafted up this vintage-inspired concoction.

I’ve recently been obsessing over vintage drafting manuals and have tried various kimono + gusset shapes to make a variety of close-fitting kimono-sleeved tops and dresses. This dress has kimono sleeves with gusset-like panels underneath the arms that shape into princess seams. I have a schematic of this on my blog if this explanation didn’t quite make sense. :)

The skirt is cut out of 4 rectangles and pleated. This was the only way I could squeeze out a somewhat voluminous skirt out of the little fabric I had. At the back I cut a V-shaped neckline.

I love this dress and the neon pink flowers of the material. It’s such a happy, summery dress :)

For more pics and infos, you can visit my blog.

Happy Vintage Sewing!

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LilliansEnsembles June 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

Who knew curtains could be so fun. Nice job, the dress looks great!

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Camelia Crinoline June 28, 2013 at 3:07 am

It looks great. The fabric is lovely.

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EmSewCrazy June 29, 2013 at 7:41 pm

So happy! What a great drafting job. Love it.

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mariebayarea June 30, 2013 at 6:13 am

Pretty dress

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Francie July 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Lovely – colorful – cute!

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Katie July 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

The hillllllllls are aliiiiive! This reminds me of the fantastic scene in The Sound of Music when Maria cuts up curtains to make outfits for the kids. I’ve always wanted to try it. This looks great!

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