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Vintage Modern Dress for Valentines Day

February 10, 2015
Vintage organza print with silk/linen blend underlining.
Vintage organza print with silk/linen blend underlining.

I love to sew vintage and nothing inspires me more than a fantastic, bold and beautiful print.  When I was visiting my favorite vintage fabric source, Upcycle Exchange in St. Louis, I came across this print that just screamed BUY ME!  It was an amazing vintage organza.  It was perfect and I decided it would make for the most perfect valentines day dress.  I knew exactly which pattern to use – the zip front day dress form Gertie Sews Vintage.  It has been a favorite patter as of late.  It has just the right flare to feel vintage but not so much that I feel like I am in a costume.  The collar is just lovely and I like the ease in just zipping it up and out you go!

The amazing floral print organza needed something underneath, so I decided to underline the dress with this amazing silk/linen blend I had in my stash.  It has been so long since I worked with linen and it really threw me on the cutting.  After some very slow cutting, I decided to use fusible tricot cut on the bias to re-enforce all of the edges.  Assembly was a bit slow too as I had to hand-baste all of the layers together on the bodice.  After some time in assembly, I put it on the dress form to hang.  Wow did that bias really stretch on the silk/linen!  I am super happy with the final result!

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  1. Wow! Wonderful vintage feel: I remember my mother and grandmother wearing dresses like this in the 1950s and I always loved the feel of them. They look so elegant without being overdone.

  2. This is beautiful! I am seriously considering making this zip-front dress now that I’m seeing all these lovely renditions on the internet!!

  3. Gorgeous! Great job on the dress and a great idea using the tricot to reinforce the bias seams. I’m surprised the silk/linen blend wasn’t too stiff to use as underlining. I’ve made one dress out of a similar blend and it had a very firm hand to it. I wonder what the percentage make up was …

    And thanks for the tip about Upcycle Exchange in St. Louis! I’m definitely putting it on my list of places to go the next time I visit my folks.


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