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I was going to post this yesterday but I decided to take New Year’s Day off and managed to watch 4 movies! I had a great New Year’s Eve in my newly made dress Vintage Jane Dress and I loved flaunted the fact that I made it in less than a week. People loved it and I loved wearing it. My favorite part was the slight flare in the skirt which made the dress nice and comfy and not too tight. Read more to see the rest of my sewing tutorial and some more project pics. Hope you all had a great New Years!

step 1

On the back dress pieces I topstitched the band seam allowances in place, and then I pinned the front and back together along the shoulder seams and sewed in place. Once I pressed the shoulder seams I was ready to sew in the sleeve. I could have sewed up the side seams first and then set in the sleeve, but I like the sew the sleeve in the armhole before the side seam so that I can sew the sleeve seam and side seam in one continuous seam.

step 2

I installed the center back zipper before sewing up the side seams to make it easier to install. Then once the zipper was in place, I sewed up the rest of the center back seam below the zipper to the hem, and sewed the side seams together and pressed open (I serged the side seam before hand).

step 3

It’s facing time! I stitched the shoulder seams of the facings together and pressed open and pinned into the dress matching up the shoulder seams. I also took my time pinning the facing around the keyhole. Then I started stitching at the center back and finished at the other center back edge. I pulled the facing inside the dress and used a point turner to get a nice pointed edge at the center front.

step 4

I flipped back down the back facing and sewed to the zipper edge. On the top of the key hole I used a couple hand stitches to bring the two sides together. Then I stitched the buttons in place on either side of center front.

Lastly, I pressed up the sleeve and hem allowance and topstitched in place.

new project

Here it is, my finished dress! It is actually quite comfortable to wear since my fabric has that slight bit of stretch to it. I really want to re make this dress with the original neckline and details of the Vintage Jane Dress now that I know that the size 38 is perfect for me in this pattern. I was thrilled that I had to do NO fit alterations except bring up the hem 1". I had a great night in this dress and I look forward to wearing it again. I think a belt would look nice with this dress as well, positioned right in the center of the band piece. View more dress images here.

Happy Sewing!

Now I need to figure out what I want my next and first Mash Up of 2016 to be.



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    Jan 13, 2016, 07.27 AMby sewing fanatic

    this is a stunning dress! its beautiful Meg, really gorgeous, love the keyhole, the color, everything sweets! x

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    Jan 12, 2016, 07.13 PMby purplefan

    Wow Meg, you can stun members with your explorations in jewel-tone colours anyday! I think beyond your own variations of a Burdastyle pattern, you’ve really stretched your fabric colour choices in 2015! Must commend you on sharing your sewing mashups with us. -

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      Jan 12, 2016, 08.09 PMby MegH

      That’s so sweet, thanks so much :) I have really stretched outside of my green obsession, although I still have it haha.


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    Jan 6, 2016, 10.37 AMby kartiksharma

    Dear meg,

    You work is just awesome, keep up the good work

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    • Meg_healy_burdastyle_90_90_large

      Jan 12, 2016, 08.10 PMby MegH

      Oh thank you so much :)

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    Jan 5, 2016, 04.07 PMby didilf

    original :)

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    Jan 4, 2016, 10.13 PMby MegH

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful compliments :)

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    Jan 4, 2016, 07.34 PMby gtangel

    this is just fabulous and really cute at the same time!!

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    • Meg_healy_burdastyle_90_90_large

      Jan 4, 2016, 10.11 PMby MegH

      Thank you sew much :)

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    Jan 4, 2016, 06.28 PMby AmrJamir

    A great look, lovely..!

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      Jan 4, 2016, 10.11 PMby MegH


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    Jan 4, 2016, 06.28 PMby AmrJamir

    A great look, lovely..!

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    Jan 4, 2016, 04.01 PMby WildforTextiles

    Very cute Meg! I like your restyling – a great look.

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    • Meg_healy_burdastyle_90_90_large

      Jan 4, 2016, 10.12 PMby MegH

      Thanks so much!

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    Jan 4, 2016, 03.35 PMby WildforTextiles

    Very cute Meg! I like your restyling – a great look.

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    Jan 3, 2016, 12.49 PMby MissJsews

    Dear Meg, Love the chain detail at the keyhole neck. The construction pics are interesting to view. What fabric did you use, it has a nice look to it and doesn’t seem clingy without a lining. Thanks for the post, you’ve made the pattern look much more contemporary.

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    • Meg_healy_burdastyle_90_90_large

      Jan 4, 2016, 10.13 PMby MegH

      Thanks, I like the chain detail as well. I thought it was an interesting button when I saw it in the store… in the clearance bin!! I used a stretch wool suiting actually. It has a great hand, and it is not thick and not thin.

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