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1960's navy pencil dress

Added Sep 2, 2013

by olystyrene

Sydney, Australia






During one of my regular fabric hunts I stumbled upon an interesting fabric with an unusual texture that was yelling at me to buy it for the purpose of making a comfortable yet classically styled pencil dress. I’m always on the lookout for something with the potential to be comfortable but disguised as elegant. This was just perfect! It has a fair amount of stretch, which meant I could get away with making a dress that does not require fastening. Awesome!

I selected a couple of 1960’s patterns from which to mix and match bits and pieces. I wanted a lovely boaty neckline – this one is a little lower at the back, which I love. I also wanted have a skirt with soft pleats at the front to help create a more feminine shape at the hips. To accentuate that further, I tapered the shape of the skirt towards the hem. A belt at the waist is really the finishing touch in the shaping department.

One of the things I love about this dress are some of the details in the patterns. For example, the slight gathers at the shoulders and the elbow darts. Although the fabric doesn’t reveal them too much, I think they allow the sleeves to be a little more tailored.

Material Notes

textures polyester with stretch




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic, Preppy, Vintage

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    Oct 15, 2014, 06.36 AMby SassyT

    Featured on SSB as agreed https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees
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    Jan 11, 2014, 07.32 AMby vote1rachel

    Certainly does look very classy. What a fabulous find, suits you wonderfully :)

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    Sep 8, 2013, 04.58 PMby trploceanmoon


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    Sep 3, 2013, 03.47 AMby bethmaryharley

    Wow! You have some beautiful projects! This one is so elegant – you look beautiful!

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      Sep 3, 2013, 08.09 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you so much! Glad you enjoy checking out my projects. They are both labours of love and trials of patience ;)

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    Sep 2, 2013, 10.44 PMby Mary Athey

    This is very holly golightly from breakfast at tiffaneys. just gorgeous and great photos as well x

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      Sep 3, 2013, 08.08 AMby olystyrene

      Thanks, Mary. It’s nice to sort of step back in time and pretend to be one of those gorgeous ladies :)

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    Sep 2, 2013, 09.48 PMby Helguchi

    Can’t say anything else that haven’t said yet. Just gorgeous.

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      Sep 3, 2013, 08.07 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you, I really appreciate it :)

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    Sep 2, 2013, 06.29 PMby SassyT

    Stunning. Love the styling. And that cape. Fabulous! https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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      Sep 3, 2013, 08.07 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you, SassyT!

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    Sep 2, 2013, 04.09 PMby pictureit17

    Great dress, it looks amazing. I love the skirt.

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      Sep 3, 2013, 08.07 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you, I’m really very obsessed with the soft pleats :)

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    Sep 2, 2013, 01.38 PMby steffania

    beautiful dress, it’s perfect on you. Congratulation for the accessories and your good taste!

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      Sep 3, 2013, 08.06 AMby olystyrene

      Thank you very much, Steffania!

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    Sep 2, 2013, 01.01 PMby noo222

    Very chic! It’s fab! Lovely photos too

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    Sep 2, 2013, 12.28 PMby bjr99

    Fantastic dress. You did a super job and it looks great on you!

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      Sep 2, 2013, 01.09 PMby olystyrene

      Thank you so much!

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    Sep 2, 2013, 12.23 PMby Deanna31

    It looks fabulous on you. I love the front sooo much. Very chic and feminine

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      Sep 2, 2013, 01.09 PMby olystyrene

      Thank you very much, Deanne!

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