Petra Dress

by manicpop11 on August 11, 2013 · 8 comments

in 1960s,1970s,Dresses,Pattern Drafting

Oh wow…. I just realized I never posted this!

I’ve been working on quite a bit in the past month or so (making a total of 4 garments) and this is the first of the 4.

This dress might look a little familiar… that’s because it’s a modern adaptation of a 60s Pierre Cardin dress! I love his stuff and often wish I had most of it, so I self-drafted this pattern and sewed it.


Pierre Cardin dress.

Bonus: Mine has inside pockets!


I’m working on getting some of my dresses into PDF form available for purchase/download in 2014.

This one may end up being one of them!

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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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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

mariebayarea August 11, 2013 at 3:07 am

Cute shift dress


Sky Turtle August 11, 2013 at 3:50 am

This is amazing! It looks great on you, like it was designed for your body and personality. I always have trouble when garments that I love don’t fit me the way I imagine they would.


Linda L August 11, 2013 at 11:24 am

Cute dress! I would look forward to getting a PDF pattern of this dress. You did a great job!


Patrice August 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm

You look mahvelous!


Francie August 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Love to see the color – block – look on someone looking so pretty in it! Cute earrings, bangles and teal shoes to go with. I like the idea of a princess- style -shaped – color – block instead of the straight up and down shift with big patches like we saw back in the sixties. Which can make an hourglass figure boxy – looking. I’ll try this – thanks for the idea!


EmSewCrazy August 12, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Lovely job! What a fun design. You look great.


Miss Crayola Creepy August 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I will absolutely buy the pattern when you release it!


Bec Stitches August 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Looks lovely!


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