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60's dress by Alexandra

Added Mar 18, 2011

by alexphil

Athens, Greece






I saw this beautiful fabric and decided to make a dress like that : straight and short, resembling a 60’s era. And after sewing about 4 summer sleeveless dresses I thought it was about time to sew something with sleeves, so there they are! They’re not that succesful but not so bad either..




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Nov 11, 2018, 10.46 AMby Nathedu13

    Bonjour je ne comprends pas le dessin des manches je l’ai coupé dans le pli du tissu mais j’arrive pas à assembler je comprends pas du tout le dessin je souhaiterais savoir aussi il faut vraiment une doublure entière ou juste les épaules j’ai besoin de votre aide merci beaucoup

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    Oct 25, 2018, 08.42 PMby Nathedu13

    Mercii pour le partage elle est trop belle

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    Oct 31, 2012, 05.24 PMby reisesser

    Hey, i really like the dress. But i have a question – Im a beginner- how can I change the dress when I have some different sizevalues? Thanks

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      Mar 14, 2013, 01.50 PMby alexphil

      Sorry, but I don’t know how to do this either!

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    Sep 23, 2012, 08.52 AMby ines25

    so cute! i love this dress!

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    Apr 4, 2012, 09.34 PMby lasoubrette

    I love this pattern too! I’ve only made it with stretch fabrics so far but I’ve made 4 of them and they all turned out great (not one yet that didn’t get tons of compliments!). It’s so easy to make and easy to make variations (for example with the neckline, or letting it out a bit to create a different silhouette). It also requires very little fabric. Recently I bought fabric to make another one – it’s great material but very expensive so I’m glad I have a small pattern like this for it!

    The only thing I didn’t like was how the sleeve tapered – it fit fine in the shoulder but I found it a little tight around my arm. I just traced a new pattern piece with the width the same from the shoulder down through the sleeve. (I didn’t hem any of the sleeves on my dresses, I used bias tape on most of them).

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      Jul 21, 2015, 03.15 AMby Mag Ortiz

      I think the sleeves are pretty small too, I’m just comparing the pattern to my measures to make adjustments and it definetly doesn’t look like its gonna fit me the way it fits in the photos

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    Mar 19, 2012, 01.35 PMby anikissed

    I love your pattern! It really suits you. And it was a good exercise in alteration in order to make it fit me :) Thanks for putting it up.

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    Feb 7, 2012, 08.36 PMby brittanyjoy

    I LOVED working with your pattern, it was so simple and well-made! I had to alter it a little to fit me (you’re TINY!), and changed it to a low-back, but I was excited that it came out so well! Nice work :)

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      Feb 18, 2012, 06.57 PMby alexphil

      Oh that’s great!!! Nice dress! :) Well that’s the good thing with simple patterns, one can experiment with them with no great cost. Good luck with your projects to follow!

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    Jan 18, 2012, 05.47 AMby Daniela Ritter

    You helped me a lot, thank you! :)

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    Jan 8, 2012, 03.40 PMby avi9907

    nice and elegant :)

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    Jan 8, 2012, 01.07 AMby Daniela Ritter

    Hi… I’m having problems with the bust dart… how do i cut that area on the fabric?? How do I sew those darts?? Help please! Thanks!! :)

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      Jan 10, 2012, 01.26 PMby alexphil

      hm, if I understood what you mean, you don’t have to cut the bust dart, you just fold the fabric, pin it or sew it by hand and then iron it so it “stands” well before you actually sew it on your sewing machine. I think this is how darts are usually sewn.
      hope I helped! good luck!

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    Jan 8, 2012, 01.00 AMby Daniela Ritter

    This is a beautiful dress, but i’m having problems with the front darts, near to the bust… how do i sew them?? How do I cut the pattern in that area??

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    Jan 1, 2012, 09.50 PMby Jaja---

    I made this dress to celebrate Newyear’s Eve! I feel good in it! Thank you so much for the pattern!

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      Jan 10, 2012, 01.27 PMby alexphil

      Oh that’s great!
      You’re welcome!! :D

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    Nov 17, 2011, 07.06 AMby Elizabeth Livingstone

    I’d really like to make this, how much fabric did you use?

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      Nov 18, 2011, 04.56 PMby alexphil

      About 1-1,5 m (though I don’t remeber the other dimension..)

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    Oct 14, 2011, 09.17 AMby molly85

    Hi, I love the dress! I have a bit of a silly question: where did you put the zip? I’m only a beginner, so that’s why I’m asking!

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      Oct 18, 2011, 03.27 PMby alexphil

      :) well it’s on the side! In the pattern i have it clearly written, so if you download it, you’ll see it!

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    Aug 12, 2011, 06.59 PMby sigreive

    hi there….. just wanted you to check something.—- the retro dress, have you miss written the front and back on the sleeve pattern, from my knowledge, the back is always bulker than the front, it doesnt hang quite right, but reversed it hangs straighter…. was this meant to be, or a misprint by you!!! either way, ive made a real cool number, so many thanks for uploading the pattern…. stu

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      Aug 29, 2011, 04.59 PMby alexphil

      hmm..that’s an interesting observation! I’ll check it, I think it wasn’t a misprint, whick is better cause it’ll help me improve the pattern, cause the sleeves were indeed not that good..so thanks! :)

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    Jul 20, 2011, 04.07 AMby smarie777

    How do I make this in a bigger size?

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      Jul 21, 2011, 04.45 PMby alexphil

      Well, frankly I don’t know much about resizing patterns, but I guess you could resize it by measuring the diameter of your chest and hips, the opening of your shoulders and the distance between those three measurements, and then try to apply these on the pattern..Sorry I can’t help you any further…wish you luck!

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      Jul 31, 2011, 01.28 AMby smarie777

      Thanks! This dress is adorable! Can’t wait to have a functioning sewing machine to make it..

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    May 15, 2011, 12.01 AMby Esther Msika

    so, so adorable!

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    May 14, 2011, 05.55 PMby katya89

    fantastic dress!I want make this!

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    May 9, 2011, 09.19 AMby Clairelo

    This is lovely. Just what I was looking for. :)

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    May 7, 2011, 04.50 AMby avanti777

    Very-very nice! thank you very much!

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    Apr 27, 2011, 03.23 PMby weatherwitch

    I downloaded the pattern last night and saw that you and I have the exact same measures for bust and waist, only the hips are off by a few. I don’t have time for sewing at the moment but will definitely give this a try over the summer! =)

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      Apr 27, 2011, 06.53 PMby alexphil

      sounds great! I hope I’ll upload more patterns soon :)

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    Apr 23, 2011, 06.42 PMby Magdalena Ostrowska

    This dress looks really amazing on you! I made it but didn’t quite suit me because of my low height and petite body type. Working with pattern was a pleasure though:) It was super easy. I’m not sure if this pattern should be classified as 36/38 size since I usually wear size 34 and this dress didn’t turn out too big even though I added some seam allowance. xoxo

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      Apr 24, 2011, 04.33 PMby alexphil

      Hey! I’m glad you made it :)
      Happy you found it a pleasure even if it didn’t suit you :P ..and that at least it was easy! It would be great if you uploaded a picture of it, I’m quite curious!
      As for the size, it’s according to the burdastyle sizes (http://www.burdastyle.com/statics/size-chart), I’m a 36 on the bust and 38 on my waist and hips, eitherway I have my body dimensions on the first page of the pattern..truth is, it’s on me, there’s not much free space within the dress :P

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      Jul 31, 2011, 01.32 AMby smarie777

      Play with it a little before you get rid of it.. I have lots of petite friends and find that by adding a skinny belt to the smallest part of your waist and playing with the hem every dress looks good :)

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    Apr 23, 2011, 04.51 PMby Nat Rogers

    l love this. It’s so cute with a real vintage twist. :)

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    Apr 7, 2011, 03.04 PMby tirrs

    Love it.

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    Apr 1, 2011, 08.24 AMby amandala

    I love this, but it’s not letting me download the pattern… :S

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    Mar 29, 2011, 08.40 PMby Olivia Anne

    love it!

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    Mar 27, 2011, 09.08 PMby xtinapol

    kala teleio?kai ti wraia ntymeno koumpi!alexandra bravo!

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      Aug 31, 2011, 09.32 AMby Sew Lola Sew

      χρονια πολλα (για χθες) χυχυ
      πως εντυσες το κουμπι? θα το φτιαξω και θα ανεβασω
      πολυ καλοραμμενο φαινεται :)

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      Sep 3, 2011, 11.13 AMby alexphil

      :D Ευχαριστώ!!! Πήγα λίγο ύφασμα σε μια ράφτρα της γειτονιάς μου και μου το έντυσε, έχουν ένα κουλ γκατζετάκι που ντύνει κουμπιά σε διάφορα μεγέθη. Γενικά μπορείς να ντύσεις κουμπιά σε μαγαζιά που πουλάνε κουμπιά, ξέρω για ένα κάπου κοντά στην καλυβιώτου που έχει δαντελίτσες, κουμπιά και τέτοια πραματάκια.

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    Mar 27, 2011, 04.07 PMby Lynn Janphy

    OMG!!!It is amazing!!! I really love it!!I wish I can do it too!!

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    Mar 26, 2011, 05.02 PMby woman

    super cuteeee! wish it was in my size tho hehe. yummy!

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    Mar 22, 2011, 12.24 AMby Timea Schmidt

    It is really- really pretty.

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