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70's does 40's Front Wrap Dress

Added Apr 9, 2012

by Pepper Toast

Vancouver, Canada






This front wrap dress is made from a pattern from the 70’s, Simplicity 6844, with the intention of making it look like a dress from the 40’s. I purchased it thinking I would prefer a front wrap housedress over a back wrap. I was wrong. This is my muslin using an Ikea duvet cover. It won’t get made in a ‘fashion fabric’ but I will enjoy wearing this very comfortable version.

When I did my pattern alterations I was a bit heavier and less toned (muscle wise! thanks roller derby!). Resulting in this dress being too big and me having to improvise on fit. Also, I shaved some width off the collar and added sleeve cuffs and a cute vintage pocket to take it from the 70’s back to the 40’s (50’s?).

More details on my blog: Sewsewstudio

Material Notes

100% cotton Ikea duvet cover
cotton stay tape
metal swimsuit hook
cute buttons




Garment Type

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    Apr 14, 2012, 06.34 PMby kastronut

    Fabulous dress! The pocket and button is sweet.

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      Apr 15, 2012, 07.17 PMby Pepper Toast

      Thank you so much. I really think that pockets, collars and buttons (or any trim) make a dress.

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    Apr 12, 2012, 07.46 PMby leslie

    Love it!

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    Apr 11, 2012, 04.56 PMby libra-s

    So cute!! Love the fabric combination!!

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    Apr 11, 2012, 02.28 PMby frkbustad

    Great fabric combination! Love the sleeves.

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      Apr 15, 2012, 07.15 PMby Pepper Toast

      Thanks! Ikea did it for me LOL. I HATED the sleeves as per the pattern but then I drafted and added the cuffs and it was instant LOVE.

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    Apr 11, 2012, 03.56 AMby flowergirl22

    as i said in many posts,, ikea has some great stuff, Love the design, well done

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      Apr 15, 2012, 07.15 PMby Pepper Toast

      Thank you. I totally agree, Ikea’s linens are sometimes the BEST prints. I love it when I find a gently used duvet cover at a thrift store. So much yardage for such a low price.

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