Dresses | Vintage Sewing

The Kate Middleton Franken Dress…

July 15, 2013

So, this is my Kate Middleton-Blue-Engagement-Franken dress. Number three on my Winter Time Sewing List.

Not as pretty as hers.

In fact, not the prettiest dress I’ve ever made. But wearable, and really, what else do you need?

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My version is made up of so many different patterns I don’t even know where to start. I found the front bodice bones in the form of a vintage Vogue dress pattern from the 1950s. The back is self drafted (a back that I had drafted for a little knit peter pan collared top I was selling in my Etsy store some years ago). The ties are taken from my wrap blouse (altered and lengthened) and the skirt is 2 rectangles of fabric gathered all the way around. The sleeves are from my Apples in Winter dress, lengthened.

The knit is a super stretchy wool mix of dubious quality, but I loved the subtle pattern and the colour. And it is so stretchy in fact, that I didn’t need to use a fastening of any kind. I can happily slip it over my head, wrap the waist ties around and BAM! Instant waist.

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It is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. The bust gathers drape strangely down across my arm pit (I needed to make the shoulder a bit smaller I think) and some of the gathers underneath the bust sit kinda funny. But for a complete experiment (using mostly bits of patterns that were never meant to be made with knits) it’s turned out wearable. Well, wearable enough to go to the pub for a drink anyway.

This is my second knit dress and I still feel like I don’t really know what I’m doing when sewing with them. But I guess I’ve made two wearable garments so far, so I must be doing something right.

Have you ever had luck with piecing different patterns together to make something completely new?



  1. I love the dress! All the easy folds and soft full skirt are very sophisticated! Give yourself a pat on the back for figuring all those details out!

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