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Retro brown dress

Added Sep 11, 2008

by sew4my3

Wauwatosa, Wisco...






This was made from an old 60’s sewing pattern that my grandmother gave me some time ago. I never liked it but my daughter, in the picture, simply loved it and begged me to make it for her sorority dance. I guess she knew best. It turned out really cute and she wears it to other events as well.

Material Notes

I used a chocolate brown suiting fabric that had a sheen on one side and matte on the other, I used the sheen side for right side. Other than that it was just thread and a zipper and a few fittings to get it just right.




Garment Type


ME and my daughter for insisting.

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    Jan 1, 2010, 06.32 PMby jam and ivy

    super cute! She looks great in it.

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      Feb 4, 2011, 02.11 AMby sew4my3

      Thank you!

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    Oct 16, 2009, 11.23 AMby BeYou TiFul

    very nice, love everything about this dress. Great job!

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      Feb 4, 2011, 02.12 AMby sew4my3

      Thanks a bunch!

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    Jun 19, 2009, 03.13 PMby ink

    Oh my goodness! I HAVE that EXACT dress from a vintage shop (the black one on the sewing package.) Made of really heavy black wool (can you believe it?) The black wool did not really go with the pattern. But I loved the shape of it. The silky material is gorgeous and fits your daughter to a tee. Check out AnaJan’s version (she just posted one and links/credits your creation!

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    Jun 4, 2009, 05.40 PMby lamildesigns

    I love it!

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    Feb 4, 2009, 12.43 PMby Debby H

    Beautiful. I think you love making clothes for your daughter. She has an easy fit figure. I know, I am the same with my daughter who is very easy to sew for.

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    Nov 25, 2008, 08.09 AMby heidimw

    :-O wow!

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    Nov 19, 2008, 05.31 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

    wow, i love it! its so nice, and i love those rounded necklines. she looks absolutely gorgeous in it. awesome job

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    Nov 11, 2008, 11.56 PMby elegantchaos

    It’s a fantastic dress, I love it. It’s great to see the picture of the original dress pattern too. Cute dog!!

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    Nov 3, 2008, 08.13 PMby xz3ik

    Gorgeous. Like your daughter, I am INFATUATED with it.

    Nice craftWOmanship. Keep it up!

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    Oct 30, 2008, 01.23 AMby biancasavard

    The only thing I would say Is WOW.. I have many old patterns and my daughter goes them as well. It’s really nice to see that old classics never die. It looks amazing on your daughter and I just love the color chosen for it. GREAT WORK..

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    Oct 19, 2008, 09.52 AMby kinsmana

    Wow that dress is beautiful!

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    Oct 4, 2008, 08.01 PMby sewzen

    How cool that you still had the pattern from your grandmother! And how astute of your daughter to recognize its value! It turned out GREAT!

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    Sep 14, 2008, 07.06 PMby stephaniemorgan


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    Sep 13, 2008, 11.43 AMby the-gilded-bee

    What a great dress, such elegant lines.

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    Sep 13, 2008, 07.31 AMby milkyway

    Great dress, love the color, love the fabric and love your place!!

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    Sep 12, 2008, 09.07 PMby laurertheexplorer


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    Sep 12, 2008, 01.12 PMby maldrich

    I does look very modern and stylish. I like it a lot and would probably lust after it if I saw it in a store. Excellent work! Lucky daughter ;)

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    Sep 12, 2008, 10.29 AMby mimosa

    Very beautiful !

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    Sep 12, 2008, 07.45 AMby mirela


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    Sep 12, 2008, 03.44 AMby anajan

    Oh my! I was thinking these days of making very similar dress, now I’m convinced I should! Your daughter is so lovely, and she proved she knew best :)

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    Sep 12, 2008, 03.22 AMby x-mops

    Very beautiful dress, it fits greatly and I must admit that I like your house too)) Especially the floor is cool)

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    Sep 12, 2008, 02.16 AMby kamelia

    That’s a GREAT dress, and it suits you so well!!!

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    Sep 12, 2008, 01.09 AMby bola

    Lovely dress!

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    Sep 12, 2008, 12.19 AMby cathysews

    Really great dress

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    Sep 11, 2008, 10.48 PMby mcloughlinsarah

    this dress is fabulous! and i love your house too, the wood is great! :)

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    Sep 11, 2008, 10.46 PMby senasews

    oh this dress fits your daughter perfect. Love the color. gorgeous dress!

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    Sep 11, 2008, 09.44 PMby bluejewels

    Wow, it came out beautifully! I’m glad that you included a picture of the vintage pattern, I love to see where creations come from. Although, this dress could really pass for something out of a current clothing store. It’s just classic :)

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