Sixties sister dresses

By on October 18, 2011


Im loving this new format We sew retro! I just have to learn this wordpress posting a bit more now. I cant figur out how to post these photos. Maybe you should do a little tutorial on this? If any of you follow my blog Sewcountrychick I recently switched form blogspot to www.sewcountrychick.com  and my feeds are having some trouble but Im still here! These are two matching dresses I made for a vintage and upcycled fashion show I had recently. They are both made from vintage bed sheets and I adapted two modern patterns to give them a sixties vibe. I realize the bigger dress seems too long for a sixties look but my original model was almost 6 feet and my cute 5’2″ daughter is wearing it here!

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Vintage Sewing

1930’s Collette Oolong Adaptation

By on September 13, 2011

Pattern Used:
Fabric Used:
Purple velvet from an estate sale.
Time taken to make: 
Probably about eight years since I took the bodice apart after it was remade and redraped and cut the bodice. 
Overall Notes:
So I went a little nuts over this pattern. Third time is the charm I guess! Obviously I have a thing for bias cut dresses. I also love that you can slip it over your head. This velvet purple fabric was found at an estate sale. I bought piles of fabric for ten dollars and this velvet was in the pile so I guess it averages out to maybe a dollar? Good thing because I made the mistake of ironing the velvet with a towel over it and not using a velvet scrap. Remember to only iron velvet if you put another piece of velvet between your iron. Now my poor velvet has a weird towel texture all over it! Looking on the bright side, it does make it look more vintage.
I wanted this dress to have a thirties look for my upcoming fashion show. To give it more thirties flare, I added godets to the bottom of the skirt and added some gathers to the sleeves as well. The godets are small and not that visible in the photos.
There were some major fit problems with this Collette pattern and I had to take the bodice apart from the skirt and remove about an inch and a half from the back and I also raised the line of the front bodice.

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