Collars, Cuffs and Tartan

by StyleSixties

in 1960s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

Today I thought I’d show you my latest dress that I made using my favourite 60s Style pattern (2132). I drafted the pattern for the collar and cuffs myself.

The dress itself went together quite quickly although I did have problems with the sleeves (I hate sewing sleeves). The pattern I used is a junior one and whilst it’s fine fit wise when I make it without sleeves, when I added the sleeves it became a little tight around the armpits. Luckily I managed to sort it out and it is perfectly comfortable to wear now.

I often use junior patterns when sewing as I have petite measurements. I’m actually quite tall though so I often run into problems in the arm area. Normally I remember to lower the armhole before cutting out the pattern but in this instance I forgot and didn’t realise until after I’d started sewing!


I absolutely love this dress and can see myself getting a lot of wear out of it. For some reason the collar appears slightly wonky in the pictures. I can assure you that it doesn’t look like that in real life, I think it might have been the way I was standing, or maybe the fact that I’d only been awake about an hour when these pictures were taken and in my sleepy state hadn’t adjusted the collar!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer January 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Omg! I am head-over-heels in love with this dress! You have done an excellent job!!!


allie January 9, 2014 at 5:38 pm

ooh, I love it! It looks very wintry.


Housewife Betty January 9, 2014 at 9:26 pm

That’s really cute! I am currently obsessed with plaid, and Black Watch blue and green is my absolute favorite. It looks really great with the collar and cuffs! Love it!


Claire January 10, 2014 at 2:46 am

This is so cute! I adore plaid and am just finishing a plaid pinafore dress myself.
Just one critique comment ;-) have you tried using an invisable zip? On a dress like this the back would be more sleek. It’s still lovely though and I love your collar and cuffs.


StyleSixties January 10, 2014 at 4:41 am


Yeah I’ve used invisible zips plenty of times before but I actually prefer a lapped zip. Invisible zips weren’t really used in the 60s and I like my dresses to look authentic. I see where you are coming from though.


Anonymous January 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

That’s cool! I did wonder after I wrote my comment that maybe you were going for an authentic look. It’s a lovely dress and I want to copy it! ;-)


Marie January 10, 2014 at 5:26 am

This is really lovely! Fits you beautifully too!


seamsoddlouise January 11, 2014 at 4:25 am

I love it. Those colours are great on you. I have some plaid in my stash that I have no idea what to do with so it’s great to get ideas.


Konstanze January 11, 2014 at 6:07 am

This is lovely! You look great!


EmSewCrazy January 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I really really like this dress. The fit and colors look great on you!


Stacey Stitch January 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Ah, I love this, great job, you look smashing! :)


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