Vintage Sewing

It’s curtains for you

August 19, 2010

A friend of mine was de-stashing and she gave me mountains of old curtains in a splendid 1970s floral. So I made a shirtdress from 1967 pattern Style 1542 and I reckon it’s a corker! The heavier-weight cotton twill and awesome 3/4 circle skirt is fantastically swingy. Hooray for benevolent friends!
I think I’m going to cheat and make it up again in a 1950s fabric, soften the collar a little, and wear it to the Fifties Fair. You think I’ll get away with it? Or will I be set upon by militant vintage types?

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  1. That is FABULOUS, I love the print! The local charity shops here rarely have dressmaking fabric but usually have vintage curtains, it's good to know that it is possible to make something out of them 🙂

  2. First reaction: "oooooo, that's GORGEOUS!" On second glance, it's still gorgeous. I think you could get away with it as a 50s dress (the shirt-dress is a classic pattern) if you added more buttons and spaced them closer together and possibly shortened the sleeves. It's a great pattern! Well done!

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