Dresses

Hi everyone! My name is Dilly, and I blog over at Dibulous. I love vintage and retro style, my favourite era being late 1940s to early 1960s. Despite having a vast collection of vintage patterns, since moving from London to Switzerland a few years ago my style has become a bit more conservative and I [...]

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I have absolutely fallen. in. love. with vintage fashion. I can’t get enough of it! So, being as I am a bit of a novice sewist, I chose an easier pattern for my first vintage-style dress. It was SO nice to not have any zippers, buttonholes, or interfacing to deal with. I used a vintage-style [...]

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Hello all, The usual – long time lurker etc. I’ve been sewing for at least two thirds of my life and am a part-time seamstress for hire. I also work in the theatre industry as a Stage Manager and Props builder. I’ve recently been making things from my vintage pattern stock, some of which are [...]

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Sewing while on holiday? Not a feet-up do nothing at a beach resort holiday but a visit to my Mum- without husband and offspring, where the weather was warm and sunny and and I wasn’t working … so definitely still a holiday! While still home in the UK I’d bought and had some patterns delivered [...]

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The fabulous Bobbie Barret was the inspiration for my entry into Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Dress Challenge 3. I chose Butterick 9497, with this lovely purple fabric from an op shop. I decided to make a hat to accessorise, as ‘business’ Bobbie is rarely seen without a perfectly styled hat, fortunately I had the body [...]

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A Vintage 1960s maternity dress I sewed up. See more on my blog.

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After all of the indecision over the buttons, I settled for some plain black ones! So here’s a photo of the dress finished and the nice little godet on the back. I would have used a plain black fabric but I didn’t have enough leftovers so houndstooth it is  

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Many thanks to everyone who gave advice for finishing this dress.   I took off all the ruffles, took it in at the waist, shortened the sleeves, and hemmed it to hit right at the knee.  I would have liked a navy belt to go with it, but I don’t have a navy belt buckle [...]

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Hi guys!   I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I clapped eyes on it! I finally got round to sewing it last night, im still deciding on buttons (it’s always a big decision for me) so it’s not completely finished yet. I had to do quite a bit of adjusting on [...]

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Hi Everyone! I’m back with a pinafore dress I’ve made using various patterns and ideas.  I’m quite pleased with it and hope you like it too? Apologies for the back photo first – I’m having problems getting photos into the right place on here? Anyway… I used 5 different pattern pieces from 5 different patterns [...]

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