Vintage Sewing

60/70’s Crochet dress.

August 18, 2013

Yes I know, not exactly completely sewn (just the lining), but this has been a labour of love over the last few weeks. I discovered the pattern on Etsy several months ago and was keen to try my hand at crocheting. I had the perfect opportunity a few weeks ago as I was recovering from an op and unable to sew. I loved the challenge, but had to make some major alterations as the skirt part of the pattern was massive. I ended up taking out 16 motifs in total, and the fit was much better. I didn’t follow the rather vague instructions for the lining and instead made a separate bias cut slip dress to go underneath, based on the lining from Burdastyle magazine -1/2012 pattern 103.

I am glad I made this, but think I’ll stick to sewing from now on. The crocheting just took too long and I got a little bored making the motifs if I’m honest. However I wore the dress today and had loads of compliments. I do love it but if you want to make one, make sure you have a lot of time and test fit before completing it, or you’ll end up unpicking loads.

  1. This is stunning, thank you for sharing, I have a few fabulous vintage crochet dress patterns in my stash, and I know how long it can take, I’m so impressed! What a commitment.

    I am also so glad to see this as my mum recently gave me a slightly damaged hand made – and very vintage (three generations back I think) crochet bed spread – I intend to make something wearable out of it… will post here when I am underway.

  2. What a great dress!
    I’ve never used crochet for anything bigger than a (narrow) scarf, so I can’t begin to imagine how much time must have gone into making this.
    It makes sense to me you’re happy to return to sewing but the result of all your hard work is fabulous. I hope you’ll enjoy wearing it for a long time.

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