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Three generations dress

Added Sep 11, 2011

by vanessajp

London, United K...






Pattern from mum – Style 2978, fabric bought by nonna (grandma), sewing by me.

My mum has such a fantastic stash of old patterns, I can’t help rading them every time I go back to Australia. This pattern is an absolute favourite, very flattering, very feminine and gives cracking cleavage (ahem). On that same trip back, nonna took me out to Spotlight and insisted on buying me so much fabric I had to take a second bag back to London.

This pattern was first made in the late sixites for my mum’s engagement party (Poor Tony, she didn’t end up marrying him! ) it was full length and bright orange and covered in green and yellow daises. The second time she made it in a pink-silvery brocade fabric and this was worn on a date with my Dad. Oh. I was so happy to discover those two dresses as a teenager. So happy, I hacked the length off and worn them as minis. Sorry mum!

Anyway, I’ve made this a few times, full length, with sleeves, without them and this is the latest version. I made this a couple of years ago, it was as fun to make as it is to wear. Photos taken at my birthday two years ago at The Falcon in Clapham, just before I realised I should cut my hair off!

Special thanks to my incredibly talented mum and nonna for encouraging me and patiently answering all my sewing questions.

Material Notes

Cotton, lovingly gifted by nonna.




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    Sep 11, 2011, 07.30 PMby cequimby

    That’s awesome! I love to hear stories about how people used the same patterns years ago.

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