Vintage Sewing

Black and White and Lime Green all over

June 25, 2009

This project was inspired by the fabric. Normally I buy patterns first, then seek out fabric. This time I worked in reverse. I saw the fabric and had to have it – it was just too neato and different to pass up, and I got it at Fabric Fix during their sale. The print was $1.50/yard and the lime was $2.00/yard. The ladies who sold it to me suggested a ‘mod style shift dress with a long coat’. I didn’t have anything quite right in my pattern collection, and then one day this showed up on Momspatterns:

I love this outfit. Never mind that I have absolutely no place to wear it. The coat was supposed to be lined but the fabric is heavy and has the same texture/weave on both sides, so I omitted a lining and instead did French seams where possible and finished off the facing edges in bias seam tape.

I deliberately hemmed the coat shorter than the dress so the dress would be visible when wearing the coat:

Typically I try to sew vintage patterns with modern fabrics so that my finished projects don’t look too much like a costume. I prefer the style of the 60s over the style that is popular today, so I am always seeking out practical patterns that have a place in my wardrobe. This one certainly wasn’t practical (although a friend pointed out that the dress on it’s own is modern looking). Still, I do love this outfit. I just need to find a place to wear it.

Many more pics and details on my blog:

  1. I love dress/matching coat lining combos!!!!!!

    I agree that retro fabric and retro patterns together are a little "costumey" and it's better to mix them up.

    This is adorable on you and you definitely look as if you embody the spirit of these wonderful designs from the 60s.

  2. That looks so great! I don't see why that wouldn't be perfect for a day out shopping in the city. Lovely! I wish I could sew like that.

  3. This is so cute! Reminds me of a dress and duster I had back in the '60's that my grandmother made me. Love the fabric you used. Very nice!

  4. So lovely! I wouldn't have said that your version looks costume-y or retro at all- very modern, as your work always is!
    The black in the print keep it very fresh and current, to my mind.

  5. Not modern? Doesn't Michelle Obama have an outfit a lot like this one? I think it's great, and you should make your own occasion to wear it.

  6. I love this outfit! It does not look like a costume at all, yet it still has the vintage vibe. I would wear it out to dinner, or to the office, or just for fun to go shopping!

  7. Hi there, I am writing up an Inspiration post for Wardrobe Refashion News, a collaborative blog where pledgees agree to only thrift, refashion, or make clothes from their stash. I'd like to feature Sew Retro on the News portion of the site, and was wondering if I could use the last photo in this post in the Inspiration post. I would credit you and provide a link back to this post or your blog, whichever you prefer.


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