1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Spring dress for weird winter

January 23, 2015

We’ve been having this weird winter and it’s been neither freezing, nor warm, but overally gloomy. No sun in your skies? Make yourself a spring-y dress, I say!


I made this dress based on a pattern that I’d found in a fashion/sewing magazine from 1969. It was a rather straightforward shift dress and I only needed to alter the neckline which was too narrow, and to add darts in the back for better fit. Otherwise, it’s just two french darts in the front. I needed a simple pattern like this to show off the incredible print of the fabric that I used. It is a thick and stiff curtain cotton –my favorite kind! I admit to feeling very awkward in sheer and delicate fabrics, as if I could destroy them by chance. No way to destroy this sturdy box of a dress! I’m also happy with facings that I drafted by myself and bound with a bias tape. The hem is hand sewn with an invisible stitch for an elegant finish.

For the pattern, photos and more notes on sewing, please visit my blog.


  1. <3 this So. Hard. That fabric is perfection and you showed it off with a great simple dress. I too always feel like I'm foundering around (instead of swanning) when I'm wearing something 'fra-G-lay'. That curtain was a great find and it's super that it's getting another life as a cool dress. Good Job! I'd wear that everywhere…

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