Tower Midi Dress

by manicpop11 on July 15, 2013 · 7 comments

in 1960s,Dresses,Pattern Drafting,Vintage Sewing

So initially I wasn’t going to post this due to minor fit issues (at least on me!) but it’s really just a working, wearable sample at the moment.

It’s really pretty and reminds me of some sort of retro-ish almost-eveningwear sort of look. I can’t put my finger exactly on what time period and a style but it’s certainly retro reminiscent.

The neckline also needs minor adjustments but that’s a super-easy pattern fix.

Back view.

After the response on the last post, I’m really thinking about getting a pattern company up and running, but  it seems like that would be about a year or so into the future with releasing any pattern. I’m familiar with pattern grading, but I’m going to have to pick other independent pattern designer’s brains about the whole process of getting it into PDF format, etc. Also, not sure how great I am with writing directions!

We’ll see!


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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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Ju-Ju Swagger July 16, 2013 at 9:42 am

I like it! I can’t put my finger on just why? Maybe it needs a belt though? Seems a bit more fitted at the waist would be good? Very nice though. :)


manicpop11 July 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Yeah, I figured out that my torso block patterns are just a size too big for me for some reason. I fixed sizing on the next dress I made with the torso blocks. Whoooo!


Gabriella July 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

Oooh! I love it. I see the retro reminiscence. It’s like a late 60s hostess dress!


EmSewCrazy July 16, 2013 at 6:47 pm

My favorite part is the skirt design and how you used the lace. Great sample piece.


Crafty Dawn July 17, 2013 at 5:25 am

I don’t know much but I thought it looked very 1920s ish I know it ‘s nothing like a 20s flapper but it says art deco to me anyway lovely colour choices as well. Dxx


Housewife Betty July 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I love it. I think it looks like something Megan Draper would wear on Mad Men. I agree that it could be taken in a bit at the waist. Fab!


Madysen Helm July 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I love it! It’s really cute and retro. I agree with Housewife Betty it’s very Megan Draper.


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