1930s | 1960s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting

A Vintage 1960s “Curtain Dress”

October 14, 2011

Hello Everyone!

Here is a dress I recently sewed using a vintage 1960s dress pattern and a lovely damask print by Michael Miller Fabrics.  When I first saw this fabric last year, I instantly thought that it looked like the material worn by the von Trapp children!  So with a bit of tweaking to the pattern, I was able to arrive at a dress which could either pass for 1960s, as the pattern shows, or late 1930s as worn in the famous film. 

The only significant changes I made were adding the puffy white sleeves and fabric ties which were sewn into the front darts to nip in the waist.  In addition, I kept the gathered skirt in back but cut the skirt front out straight to resemble the dress which Liesl wore for the “Do-Re-Mi” scene in the Sound of Music.  If I had it to do over again, I would probably make the skirt a bit wider, but since I didn’t even make a mock-up of this pattern I thought it turned out pretty well! 

As for the fabric itself, it has these gorgeous sparkles all over the green damask print and has more body to it than your average cotton print.

While I would have liked to have this dress photographed in Salzburg, Austria, I had to settle for a more realistic Pacific Northwest pear orchard which was almost as nice with the hills in the background. 

If you’d like to see more pictures of the dress, you can visit the blog here.

Happy sewing!

Katrina – www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog

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