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1968 Keyhole Dress

Starting with a really cute Simplicity pattern from 1968 and using the McQueen/David Bowie Jacket as a bit of Union Jack inspiration

First I played around with the pattern  schematic and a Union Jack on the computer and ended up with a placement that I didn’t think looked too bad (although it was a bit tough going over the curved seam at the centre back….

Because the dress was fully lined, I mostly patchworked the shapes on to the outer fabric. (The pattern had originally been cut out with a shortened hem, so I thought I might just use the previous owner’s length – just to see how short they anticipated wearing it) I used a stiff 100% cotton fabric with a linen weave.

After that it was just a walk in the park to get the dress together using the same white cotton fabric as lining.



About the author: I like to make things. It makes me happy

{ 12 comments… add one }
  • Lauriana July 7, 2014, 1:27 am

    Wow, that’s so cool!

  • Claire July 7, 2014, 2:50 am

    When I first saw this I assumed you’d cut up a flag or something. But, top marks for you for patchworking the Union jack. I’m also very impressed with your ideas on the computer – I wouldn’t know how!
    The dress looks brilliant!

  • PepperReed July 7, 2014, 7:50 am

    That is Brilliant!! Love that op-art look and using the Union Jack as well.

  • Sarah Elizabeth July 7, 2014, 9:09 am

    I love this! What a fun piece to wear. Well done.

  • Heapha July 7, 2014, 9:36 am

    I absolutely love this dress.

  • HeatherLeeBea July 7, 2014, 9:54 am

    lovely work! I need more fun mod dresses and this is some good inspiration!

  • ette July 7, 2014, 5:32 pm

    A really great project, so very cool!

  • Eliza Brown July 9, 2014, 3:44 am

    What a great idea, fantastic dress!!

  • Lisa July 9, 2014, 10:42 pm

    Wow! I absolutely love your dress. I think you may have just started a trend of Union Jack dresses…

  • Jackie July 11, 2014, 11:50 pm

    Could you please give the pattern number? I’d love to search it out.

    • Repeated Originals July 14, 2014, 6:35 pm

      Hi Jackie – oops, made a mistake -not a Simplicity, it is a Butterick – 4838

  • Catherine Alekna July 14, 2014, 4:45 pm

    that is just too fab! so perfectly 60s and also of course very Ginger Spice! i love that you also very carefully placed the pattern in just the right way. good job!

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