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Green Dolly

Added Dec 29, 2012

by alekat

Sydney, Australia






So I’ve been taking some time to actually read about sewing and study the finer side of the craft. Mainly reading the “Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing”, and Gertie’s new blog for better sewing. I’ve learnt some really neat things and stuff that I wish I knew years ago

I normally rush into projects and get really excited and then screw up. This fabric was not one I wanted to screw up on. It cost me a pretty penny ($38 per/m!) and I only got just enough so there was no way this was becoming a scrapheap reject.

When I first made this dress it ended up being a lumpy jug of yellow custard of a dress and I was determined to correct it!
So with my new found confidence I bravely changed the side darts and added darts at the back. Not a big deal really I suppose…

And I took the time to use the different sewing machine feet and over-casted every edge and then blind hemmed the bottom and sleeves. I also fitted the shoulders better so that they fit more at the upper arm and then flare out slightly at the elbow.

It’s fun to learn and use new techniques!

see more at my blog Sewing The 60s

Material Notes

Super drapey Silk Lycra blend from The fabric Store – No lining needed!




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Classic, Mod, Preppy
Blends, Silk

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    Jan 31, 2013, 05.01 AMby adrie00

    Amazing dress — it looks perfect on you.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 10.34 AMby leokadia

    tolle farbe, tolles kleid. farbe emerald, top für 2013!!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 08.39 PMby MaycieAfterFive

    Beautiful dress! That emerald green color looks really pretty.

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      Jan 9, 2013, 04.08 AMby alekat

      Thank you!

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    Jan 1, 2013, 03.37 PMby rebeccawip

    CUTE!!!!!!!! and it looks super adorable on you! great choice of fabric and color . love love love everything about this.

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      Jan 2, 2013, 12.40 PMby alekat

      Thanks!! i love it too!

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    Dec 31, 2012, 01.54 PMby infinite-plus-one

    Love it (: that color is beautiful :)

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    Dec 30, 2012, 07.00 PMby cathysews

    Hello….its a beautiful dress and you spurred me on to have a go at blind hemming. And its worked…I was avoiding the hem on a wool coat I’m making( nearly finished), I dug out my machine instructions and did it, so cheers. !

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      Dec 30, 2012, 10.40 PMby alekat

      Oh good on you! I seriously had neglected my machines booklet and then I read it and thought “omg my machine can do all this??”
      Cant wait to see your coat!

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    Dec 30, 2012, 05.12 PMby Pharmasewing

    Cool dress!! Love the green color and the fit came out great! :)

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    Dec 30, 2012, 12.28 AMby mwelland

    Love it! It looks so cute on you!

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      Dec 30, 2012, 02.22 AMby alekat


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    Dec 29, 2012, 07.12 PMby Mary Athey

    This is fab on you and the colour of the dress is gorgeous!! Its to be the colour of 2013 x

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      Dec 30, 2012, 02.22 AMby alekat

      Really? ive loved this colour for years. maybe ill be on trend for once!

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      Dec 30, 2012, 09.12 AMby Mary Athey

      Well that.ll make two of.us.on.opposite sides of the world lol. My favourite colours.emerald green so.its appropiate im irish lol. According.to.a few blogs and.fashion mags green is the colour to be seen in xx

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      Dec 30, 2012, 10.27 AMby alekat


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    Dec 29, 2012, 06.10 PMby byrdiesews

    This is beautiful! Love the color and the mod look!

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      Dec 30, 2012, 02.22 AMby alekat


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    Dec 29, 2012, 04.57 PMby MinaC

    i adore this!!

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      Dec 30, 2012, 02.23 AMby alekat

      Thanks!! =D

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    Dec 29, 2012, 12.57 PMby kess

    Beautiful! Love this color on your complexion! I’m proud of you trying to improve your sewing skills!

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      Dec 29, 2012, 01.00 PMby alekat

      Oh thanks! I decided if I’m going to spend money on nice fabric it better do things properly!

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