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60/70’s Crochet dress.

Yes I know, not exactly completely sewn (just the lining), but this has been a labour of love over the last few weeks. I discovered the pattern on Etsy several months ago and was keen to try my hand at crocheting. I had the perfect opportunity a few weeks ago as I was recovering from an op and unable to sew. I loved the challenge, but had to make some major alterations as the skirt part of the pattern was massive. I ended up taking out 16 motifs in total, and the fit was much better. I didn’t follow the rather vague instructions for the lining and instead made a separate bias cut slip dress to go underneath, based on the lining from Burdastyle magazine -1/2012 pattern 103.

I am glad I made this, but think I’ll stick to sewing from now on. The crocheting just took too long and I got a little bored making the motifs if I’m honest. However I wore the dress today and had loads of compliments. I do love it but if you want to make one, make sure you have a lot of time and test fit before completing it, or you’ll end up unpicking loads.

About the author: Artist, designer, teacher, all round crafty person. living in NE England with my hubby and 3 children.

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  • Stephanie August 18, 2013, 8:48 pm

    Wow! A labor of love indeed! I’ve just learned to crochet so I have huge respect for your dress!

  • Isis August 18, 2013, 11:17 pm

    Fantastic work” Beautiful!

  • Pat Bankowski August 19, 2013, 12:06 am

    That is impressive and looks terrific on you.

  • Kaylene August 19, 2013, 12:33 am

    Looks stunning on you. I would be interested in buying a copy of the pattern from you.

  • manicpop11 August 19, 2013, 12:59 am

    This is gorgeous! Well worth the work, I must say!

  • Renay August 19, 2013, 1:09 am

    So amazing, I love it!

  • Anonymous August 19, 2013, 5:41 am

    Perfect dress!!



  • Lazy Seamstress August 19, 2013, 5:49 am

    Fantastic dress.

  • zilredloh August 19, 2013, 10:26 am

    WOW! This is a labor of love, but it looks amazing. Wonderful work.

  • EmSewCrazy August 19, 2013, 12:49 pm

    That is gorgeous! I love dresses like these but shudder at the thought of all the work that goes into them. You did a beautiful job! Wear it proudly.

  • MadameTurbante August 19, 2013, 1:04 pm

    great work! congrats! I like to crochet, but I get bored so easily… 🙁

  • Patrice August 19, 2013, 4:30 pm

    I’m impressed, it’s wonderful!

  • Maggie cawthorn August 19, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Do you mean you have just learnt to crotchet? You dress is fantastic.

  • Kathryn Barnhill August 19, 2013, 8:44 pm

    I’m just blown away plus you just learned? Omg

  • Sewingthe60s August 20, 2013, 5:21 am

    great work! such a good replica!

  • craftylittlebugger August 20, 2013, 6:10 am

    This is incredible!
    My mum used to crochet dresses in the 60s, but she didn’t keep any of them. Hopefully they looked as good as yours. Maybe I should learn to crochet…

  • Magic Palm August 22, 2013, 10:52 am

    This is an amazing dress! I’m impressed. Well done.

  • Ange August 24, 2013, 11:33 pm

    This is stunning, thank you for sharing, I have a few fabulous vintage crochet dress patterns in my stash, and I know how long it can take, I’m so impressed! What a commitment.

    I am also so glad to see this as my mum recently gave me a slightly damaged hand made – and very vintage (three generations back I think) crochet bed spread – I intend to make something wearable out of it… will post here when I am underway.

  • Lauriana August 26, 2013, 2:22 pm

    What a great dress!
    I’ve never used crochet for anything bigger than a (narrow) scarf, so I can’t begin to imagine how much time must have gone into making this.
    It makes sense to me you’re happy to return to sewing but the result of all your hard work is fabulous. I hope you’ll enjoy wearing it for a long time.

  • Jeanne August 27, 2013, 11:20 am

    Amazing. What a labour of love and a wonderful result!

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