1960s | Vintage Sewing

Purple Pendleton Shift Dress

By on January 25, 2013

(I’ve been admiring everyone’s posts on this site for ages but am only just now getting around to posting myself. Thanks for your beautiful and inspiring craftswomanship!)

This is my second time using Butterick 3114, a sixties style shift dress I purchased from oldpatterns.com I was a little unconventional and used shirt weight Pendelton wool. I got 2+ yards for $17 at a Portland vintage shop and I couldn’t resist! Its amazingly soft, warm but not hot, perfect for pretty much any season here in the NW.

The pattern instructed me to finish the neck and arms with bias tape, but when I did that on the first version and it turned out stiff and scratchy. So I created my own linings with fusible interfacing, then hand-sewed them in place. The result is an even cozier dress!

I wanted the plaid to be the star, but it needed a bit of pop. I added pleats to the hem (inspired by the Colette Patterns Pastille Dress) and a beautiful beaded notion to the neckline.

I’ve got many more completed projects on my blog. Please stop in and have a look!

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