Retro Inspired Dresses

I managed to sew two retro inspired dresses this week and am totally delighted with them. I have no one to snap the photos for me today so I tried my best by standing on a stool and snapping my reflection in the mirror. Think it would have been hilarious if anyone was watching. Anyway, I used this vintage simplicity pattern I got from etsy for the first time. I chose the one with V-neck but shorten the dress length and the sleeves.

Dress Number 1: The Hummingbird dress

Full length view

Close up

The Sew Convert chose to make this dress in Patty Young’s hummingbird fabric (Flora & Fauna collection). The vintage pattern came with a 1.5cm seam allowance so it was ideal. It was my first attempt with vintage pattern so I was a little skeptical but the instructions were surprisingly easy to follow. It was also my first experience sewing a zipper and as The Sew Convert does not have a zipper foot, she chose a normal white zipper instead of an invisible zipper. Thank goodness it turned out all right, phew!

Dress Number 2: Scallop Hem Floral Mini Dress

Full length view

Front view

Side view

My second zipper

Off course, I was inspired by the vintage blouse I posted here. I adapted the sheath dress pattern from Wendy Mullin’s book Built By Wendy Dresses and used the vain and vapid tutorial for the scallop edge. I had to add seam allowance to the pattern and drew my own pockets.  Instead of sewing the hem area as suggested by the tutorial, I used bias tape to finish it so that it does not show on the right side of the dress. To ensure that the hem stays I stitched it to the sides of the dress,  the bottom seams of the pockets and the back centre seam. I used a thin orange bias tape for the pockets as I didn’t have piping but am happy with the end result.

For both dresses I adjusted the fit at the waist and hip area a little at the end. Two dresses in a week. That makes it a good week doesn’t it?

To make it an even better week ahead. Have you heard about the 30% sale at colette patterns? Don’t miss it, I know I won’t! I have been wanting to make the Rooibos and the Macaron dresses from colette. Drool!!!!

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5 thoughts on “Retro Inspired Dresses

  1. The blue dress is very pretty. Well done !
    Buy a zipper foot to sew the zipper. If the normal zipper cannot be seen or not exposed, the dress will look much neater .

  2. Thanks for the suggestion. Someone also recommended a tutorial on sewing an invisible zipper without a zipper foot. I’ll go check that out first and see if it works:)

  3. Hi. I came across your blog via PR. I love all of your designs. I have a stack of vintage (1970-78) that my grandmother used to make my Aunts, my Sisters and I the cutest little outfits. Anyway, These small patterns will not fit me or anyone else that I know that sews. So-are you interested? I would love to trade. Maybe you have something in your stash you have no need for. I am not a blogger-yet. Please let me know if you are interested and if you are, I’ll send pics for you to chose from. Kay? Thanks.

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