1950s | Dresses | Katherine's picks | Vintage Sewing

Retro mash-up

April 22, 2012

I recently finished this mixed era dress and I love it. I think I’ve worn it at least three times in the past two weeks! I can’t feel anything but happy when wearing this – I think it’s the brilliant green colours…

The pattern is one I drafted myself based on a 1950’s design (this is the second time I have used it – the first time as seen here is much more traditional look). For this version I decided to use a favorite fabric from my stash that I have been saving for 4 or 5 years. I love this fabric so much that every time I considered sewing it I chickened out for fear of not doing it justice. I brought the fabric for about $15 in a second hand store. There was about 5.3m but at only around 90cm wide it only just made it. It feels like a brushed cotton and is lovely and soft and a little warmer which is great with Autumn coming on down here. I’m not really sure when this fabric may be from. 1960’s? or 1970’s? What do you think?

  1. Wow, your dress is adorable. The fabric is fantastic and really makes this dress a stunner!!! Really suits you, you look beautiful!
    It is wonderful when you find fabrics like this and even more exciting when you find the perfect dress to make it into !!!
    Annie 🙂

  2. I absolutely adore this dress! I love the mash-up of fabric and pattern eras, they come together in an unexpectedly modern way. Absolute knockout!!!

  3. Absolutely stunning!! The fabric, the pattern and you wearing it makes for a breath-taking combination! I love it. Do you have some little bit of the fabric left? Because a small headband would just look devine. Congratulation for this creation! 🙂

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the style and pattern. The fit is spot on, and it enhances your figure. You not only did the fabric justice, you took it up several notches.

  5. That fabric looks like Viyella which was around in the 60’s. One of my favourite dresses of all time was made (by me) from it. Warm but not too heavy.. just gorgeous.. like your dress.

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