Vintage Paisley Print Halter Neck Maxi Dress

by Vintage Vix

in 1970s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

This 1970s Maudella pattern (5800) was a joy to make.  The instructions were really straightforward and it took just one (rainy) afternoon to make up.

I did cheat with the fastenings, the cross-over straps are supposed to have buttonholes but I’m never made any before so I cheated and used press studs – but if my talented sewing friend has time off soon I ‘ll ask for a tutorial and finish it off properly.

The groovy paisley print 1960s fabric was given to me.

Happily, we had a warm day yesterday so I was able to wear it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm Vix, a jumble sale-ing, car-booting, skip-diving, charity shopping, hedonistic hippy chick in love with life, India and vintage clothes. In my world getting dressed is always an adventure, never a chore. My style is Woodstock refugee meets Rolling Stones groupie with a bit of vintage Bollywood thrown in. I don't follow fashion and if I look ridiculous so what? Not being noticed and blending in with the crowd is my idea of hell. A day without dressing up is a day wasted.

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Konstanze October 5, 2013 at 5:45 am

It’s really cool! Love the cross-over straps.

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Vix October 6, 2013 at 7:39 am

Thanks! x

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Adel October 5, 2013 at 7:18 am

A gorgeous dress! It is refreshing to see and inspiring to boot!

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Vix October 6, 2013 at 7:39 am

Thanks, Adel! x

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Crazeegirl World October 5, 2013 at 9:14 am

Nice dress Vix ! purple and blue are my fav for paisly pattern !

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Vix October 6, 2013 at 7:39 am

Mine, too! I was very excited to get given this fabric. x

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Hersida October 5, 2013 at 11:46 am

It seems to be a comfy style for holiday. I also love this maxi dress make me feel relax and untroubled. By the way, I would like to know if it is suitable for whom tall or short length.

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Vix October 6, 2013 at 7:41 am

The dress pattern is quite long, but easy enough to adjust to your height if you’re a shortie like me! x

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Amber/ Vudupink October 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Missy,you are an ‘it girl’ .thats a fact.XO

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Vix October 6, 2013 at 7:41 am

You’re too kind! x

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Peggy October 5, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Wow……………………. I have the same “hippie” sign !!!!! So cool !

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Vix October 6, 2013 at 7:41 am

It confuses all our visitors, they never know which door to go to! x

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Peggy October 7, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I’d be headin’ for the back door !!!!

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Francie October 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Beautiful dress and beautiful accessories. I like the blues, the really retro 60s look of the paisley and the line of the dress – it makes you look tall! I avoided learning to make buttonholes as long as I could, but a world of possibilities opened up when I finally did. You’re in for something good!

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Vintage Vix October 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Thank you! I will be brave, I’ve managed to find the buttonhole attachment at the church where my vintage sewing machine came from so I’ll sit down and teach myself! x

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Gloria L. Berman October 9, 2013 at 3:49 am

Wow! That looks really nice. I am totally impressed! It’s beautiful. I like the color and the designs. I love maxi dresses and i love the halter neck design as well. You did a terrific job on that dress. Oh and those accessories are fabulous. Everything looks perfect. The dress, the bag, the accessories, awesome!

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Vintage Vix October 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Thanks so much, Gloria. I would recommend tracking down this pattern, it’s really straightforward! x

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mod girl November 14, 2013 at 5:31 am

I’d wear that in a heartbeat. Perfect for the summer, and it suits you so well!

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