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Vintage competition remake

Added Dec 28, 2010

by qugirl

Manchester, Unit...




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This dress was made for a competition. The brief was to customise one of several suggested vintage patterns from a well- known home sewing company. I discovered the competition at last minute so I had to come up with something quick (I had one weekend!) I chose the design of a 50’s dress that I would actually wear if the right occasion presented itself. I did not have much time or money – I didn’t want to spend a lot on fabrics just in case I never actually got to wear the dress. I had a rummage in my fabric stash and found some black and white checked taffeta and some plain black taffeta (left over from a fab clutch bag I made for a friend’s birthday present). There was just enough to make the bodice & the bodice lining of the dress. I decided to make the skirt out of fluorescent tulle as it was much cheaper than buying taffeta!
The construction of the dress required basic sewing techniques, the pattern company had graded this particular garment ‘easy’. On the original pattern the bodice was fastened using buttons and button loops. I inserted an invisible zip and made the buttons and button loops so they were just decorative rather than functional, and I finished the edges of the skirt with black ribbon. To finish off, I teamed the dress with a shrug and a hat. When I wear the dress I will wear a pair of black leggings or a short black pencil skirt underneath.
Fabrics used:
Black and white check taffeta
Fluorescent pink tulle
Satin black ribbon

Material Notes

Fabrics used:
Black and white check taffeta
Fluorescent pink tulle
Satin black ribbon




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Other, Rock, Vintage
Other, Taffeta, Tulle


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