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Modernizing Vintage

Added Oct 14, 2012

by kisses

Kingston, Jamaica






I so love the back of this vintage dress, but the recommended fabric was a no no for me. I am not a fan of velvet so I decided to use knits and give the dress a try. This lovely dress features a draped back and shoulder ribbon ties. I use two different type of fabric and contrast each other.

I also change the style of the skirt by using my own draft pattern were I added a metal zipper at the back to give it a modern look. The skirt have four pleats at the front and darts at the back. I didn’t want the top to attached to the skirt at the waistline so it is placed 2 1/2 ins above the natural waistline.

Desperate to bring the dress to completion it took me 7 hours to make. I wore it to my co-worker daughter funeral.

To me the dress turned out great and I feel and look great in it.

What do u think?

Material Notes

1 1/4 knits
1 yd black blends/wool
metal zipper




Garment Type

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    May 9, 2014, 06.40 AMby Bridgette Busby

    Beautiful work…..

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    Aug 1, 2013, 08.31 AMby chased-away

    I was just looking at some of the dresses that were made with this pattern and I absolutely adore yours! I like the modern twist with the zipper and contrasting fabrics. It makes the dress more up to date and a bit less dressy. (:

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      Aug 1, 2013, 03.53 PMby kisses

      Thanks for lovely compliments :-)

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    Feb 6, 2013, 07.47 PMby amatabene

    Hello!!! :) Thank you for the response :) I wasn’t sure you will read it so soon. Yes – I was thinking about a split too. I would like it to be in nude shades, maybe a combo of two different fabrics like yours too but both in nude color. I see it in my imagination, just need to find proper fabrics :) I was thinking…is it possible to wear a bra with this open back? I’d rather like to wear it :) Greetings from Poland! Anna

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      Feb 7, 2013, 01.46 PMby kisses

      Hi Anna! I love nudes…Two shades of that nude will look great. Just work on finding the fabric. A bra can be worn with it but it has to have a very narrow back and has the capability to be pull way down without showing. Just lengthen the straps and it will work. Happy sewing now :-) Looking forward to see your creation

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    Feb 5, 2013, 08.54 PMby amatabene

    You look gorgeous! This is the best version here!!! I was looking for a chic and classy wedding dress and I think I found it. I just want it to be longer. You think it’s possible to sew it maxi long?

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      Feb 5, 2013, 09.50 PMby kisses

      Thank You:-) It is a good style that is suited for a wedding. To make it maxi long would be a great idea. How about you give it a split not too high on one side to provide movement freely.

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    Nov 25, 2012, 06.08 PMby caje-une

    I was just looking to make this for myself. You have done a marvelous job! You look really good.

    I wont make one myself now because of my distinct lack of a figure(lol).

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    Nov 7, 2012, 04.09 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    im going to make this dress tomorrow for a wedding. your dress assures me ive made a great choice __ beautiful dress, you did a great job at making it more modern!

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      Nov 7, 2012, 11.55 AMby kisses

      It is a great dress and it will fit perfectly for that ocassion. Cant wait to see your version. Happy sewing now

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    Oct 29, 2012, 06.39 AMby MissCorsetLizz

    Just Gorgeous!!! Love the fabrics you used!!! You look Amazing!!! :-D

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      Oct 30, 2012, 04.16 AMby kisses

      Thank You

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    Oct 29, 2012, 06.38 AMby MissCorsetLizz

    Just Gorgeous!!! Love the fabrics you used!!! You look Amazing!!! :-D

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    Oct 18, 2012, 04.40 AMby smallone

    awesome version!!!!!!!!! from vintage to modern.

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    Oct 14, 2012, 05.22 PMby chula123

    Love it !!!! And the shoes go perfect with it :-))

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      Oct 15, 2012, 01.10 PMby kisses

      Thank You…I so have shoes fetish

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    Oct 14, 2012, 10.33 AMby zoaki

    Looks great!

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      Oct 15, 2012, 01.11 PMby kisses

      Thank You….Indeed I think so too -)

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    Oct 14, 2012, 04.15 AMby Mary Athey

    Its gorgeous!! made 2 of these dresses, one posted and one to be posted. The dress you made is fabulous x

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      Oct 15, 2012, 01.09 PMby kisses

      Thanks Mary….I saw your own and it fits you like a glove. I am also very fond of the fabric

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