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Red Vixen Dress

Added Feb 7, 2010

by sunnilj9

Cedar City, Utah...






I made this dress using a vintage 1961 sewing pattern. It’s the first time I’ve used a vintage sewing pattern and I have to say, I love them and am completely converted! I found this wiggle dress pattern, McCalls 5995, on Etsy, bought it and had to grade down the pattern. To view the pattern, click here. Grading really did scare me to no end as I have never done this before. However, it turned out brilliant, though I do believe I could grade down just a little more for a snugger fit. I did triangular bound buttonholes down the front of the bodice, you can find a tutorial for that here. For the zipper, I handpicked it and lapped it. This I am most proud of and I do believe that I will use more and more regular zippers with this technique method than trying to use an invisible zipper, which typically never works for me. The original design was so attractive to me that I didn’t alter or change anything except for the triangular buttonholes. The Red Vixen Dress, just in time to be smitten for Valentine’s Day!

Material Notes

Red Merino Wool Twill from TrimFabric.com, Red Dupioni Silk for the skirt lining, covered buttons




Garment Type
Business, Classic, Mod, Vintage
Silk, Wool

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  • Naburdaprofil_large

    Feb 8, 2010, 03.21 PMby janul

    Wow, looks like a lot of work! Love those buttonholes. Great dress, you should indeed be proud :).

  • Elenacresci_home_page_image_large

    Feb 8, 2010, 03.06 PMby lenarrrd

    This is just stunning! I’m certainly going to keep an eye out for that pattern, it’s really lovely and looks wonderful in red! I just bought a vintage blouse pattern the other day to practice grading down :) such a great job!!

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