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Grandma's Vintage Dress

Added Dec 4, 2010

by unfinishedpr...

Atlanta, Georgia...






I found an old photograph of my Grandma, and I fell in love with her dress. So I decided to make my own! This is the first full-skirted dress I’ve ever made. It took me quite a while to find a pattern that matched the style of the dress. I ended up using New Look pattern 6886. I paired the sweetheart neckline with the off-the-shoulder straps, a combination that was not shown on the pattern package. I did have some difficulty getting the straps to lay flat, which is probably why that particular combination was not shown.

I used the skirt pattern pieces from an authentic 1950s vintage dress pattern as a basis for the petticoat. Everything else from that point on was improvised. I wanted to make sure I could wear the petticoat with different length dresses so I created eight gathered ties to pull up the dress.

It has been so fun to make this dress in memory of my Grandma.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Tulle

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    Dec 24, 2010, 04.32 AMby Xenia phillip

    wow , this is B E A U T I F U L. you looks just like your grandma in this picture. i love it

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    Dec 8, 2010, 11.18 PMby jane47

    Two beautiful women.

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    Dec 8, 2010, 08.37 PMby snayyar

    beautiful! love the original as well.

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    Dec 8, 2010, 08.14 PMby strawberrydestruction

    If the straps were having difficulties, it wasn’t noticeable. It turned out well! I’m sure your grandmother would have proud.

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    Dec 8, 2010, 05.06 AMby Nermina Croata

    Amazing work ! That made me realize I have no family photos from the 50’s or earlier.

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    Dec 7, 2010, 10.33 PMby sarahmaccarelli

    Your Grandma was super cute!!!!

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    Dec 7, 2010, 09.42 PMby jumpingranny

    Wonderful! If I was slimmer I would wear that.

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    Dec 7, 2010, 09.18 PMby vicsguy2009


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    Dec 7, 2010, 06.55 PMby sewaholic

    Gorgeous! Love the petticoat, it really completes the look!

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    Dec 7, 2010, 06.14 PMby chromachord


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    Dec 6, 2010, 12.02 AMby olystyrene

    This is gorgeous! Very well done!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 07.35 PMby Olivia Anne


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    Dec 5, 2010, 06.18 PMby mamamodista

    Lovely!! Grandma would be so proud!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.08 PMby mojo elgin

    WOW! this is gorgeous! you and your gramma are both lovely!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.48 PMby tamie3

    this is beautiful!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.54 PMby gray

    Wow… that is wonderful. I sure to hell hope she had a corset on- it hurts to look at that!! Both generations are super gorgeous. Nice job!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 09.37 AMby charlotteauzou

    You look fantastic !

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    Dec 5, 2010, 06.42 AMby mumsew

    how lovely! just gotta make a petticoat! my daughter is into retro skirts and wants me to make a petticoat so would love to know how it was done! have just realized that i have this pattern! yay! would a pattern for a tierd skirt work for the petticoat?

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    Dec 5, 2010, 05.40 AMby gillthecat

    lovely but just look at how slim your gran was, you are very slim she must have been TINY what size was her waist goodnes

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    Dec 5, 2010, 04.57 AMby loyl8

    really adorable and well made but I thought you posted this before.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.36 AMby Ophelia K

    This is lovely and nice to see your grandmother’s photo with it!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.23 AMby diyraven

    so stunning! what a thoughtful idea ;)

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.01 AMby aluckmann

    I love the idea of making a dress that your grandmother wore! I am hoping to replicate some of my grandmother’s clothing from some old pictures I found as well. You did a really great job.

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    Dec 4, 2010, 11.38 PMby celinaj

    My goodness, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Love it. I love vintage dresses with petticoats, so cute. Great work!

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    Dec 4, 2010, 11.35 PMby teamydear

    That is so lovely! Very pretty, your grandmother must be so proud! I have some of my grandma’s dresses and love to wear them :) How did you go about the petticoat? I’m curious about the gathered ties you are talking about, since I’ve been hesitating to make a petticoat that would only work with one length of dress :)

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    Dec 4, 2010, 10.53 PMby scarletohara

    very lovely!!!! :D

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    Dec 4, 2010, 10.29 PMby missymellie

    that is such a gorgeous idea! and the dress turned out sooo well! I love it! :)

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    Dec 4, 2010, 09.04 PMby kylawithstyla

    what a lovely homage to your grandmother, and way to connect to your own family history. :)

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    Dec 4, 2010, 08.31 PMby zaarissima

    this dress is absolutly beautiful and it looks exactly like the dress from your Grandma! Great work!!!

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