1960s

From Mad Men to Mary Quant…

Just a quick post today. I would like to share the prom dress I made this spring for my friend’s senior prom. Abby wanted something different and really special for her senior prom. So when she asked me about helping her create this particular dress I was super excited. I created a version of the black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn during the very beginning of the 1961 movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
You can see construction pictures here and here on my blog.

Photo by Kate Garaffa

 

Photo by Kate Garaffa

The pattern I used Butterick 2460 from the 1960s. It has the same gathered waist and an almost identical bodice. The skirt needed to be lengthen and of course the back changed. I also moved the zipper from the center back to the left side.

A couple different mock-ups were needed to adjust the fit and to get the back to look just right. In the end I think it turned out really well and Abby looked amazing! If anyone is interested you can see photos of another prom dress I made here and here.

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Whoa! I know I just posted yesterday about finishing a dress but the past week has been a very productive one for me and I was able to complete a project that I had gotten half-way through and just wasn’t able to finish at the time! This dress is made out of a wonderful blue cotton from Vintage Vogue V8875 :) This was my first time working with a Vintage Vogue repro pattern and while it presented some interesting challenges and techniques I hadn’t tried before I must say I am pleased with the result!                                                    

  

I also wanted to share a few vintage treasures that I recently acquired! A close friends grandmother passed away and she was left with boxes of old sewing things like patterns, notions, and fabric. When she asked if there was anything I would like since she wanted to see it go to someone who would get use out of it I of course said yes! I came home with boxes of stuff and I thought you’d like to see some of it :) Feel free to swing by my blog frillz24.blogspot.com for more pictures and details!

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These past few weeks, I had two lead styling gigs where I had to wear white. I don’t have very much white in my closet, so I had to go out and buy something for one of the gigs.

In between the two events, I decided to clean out one of my closets where my UFO’s (Unfinished Object) are stashed. I stumbled across this white dress that I started here. Yes that’s right, it’s been sitting unfinished since Spring 2011. The dress is fully lined and the only finishing needed was the hem. I then remembered that because the dress was lined it fit snug and wouldn’t go over my hips. I was desperately needing a white dress so I thought why not? I tried it on and it fit fine. I suppose I must have lost weight since then, which is never a bad thing (;

Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to him the dress until after the last event.

I wore the dress yesterday, but I feel like it’s one of those dresses I’m going to wear once or twice a year. I just don’t like white on me.

For more pictures & how I styled this dress, you can check that on my blog here.

-Allie

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Retro styled wiggle dress , V back neck, based on Burda Style 7178

This time, i use a 60s double knit fabric. Green and white stripes  make me choose again the  simplest design , model C : sleeveless , without collar .

( same model with diamond pattern )

 

 

 

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