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Green vintage wiggle dress

Added Nov 26, 2012

by squirrellypoo

London, United K...






This is a reprint of a wiggle dress from 1956 with loads of curved pleats on the bodice, which I chose to keep sewn closed, as curved darts. I made quite a few other changes to this patterns,too which you can read about here

I absolutely love the fit and style of this dress, though, it’s exactly what I love to wear in winter and the little details are just so flattering! Those pleats did take an awful lot of hand basting to get right, but it’s all worth it in the end.

For way more photos, head over to FehrTrade.com!

Material Notes

Sage green marl ponte roma jersey from Truro Fabrics




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Preppy, Vintage



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    Jan 7, 2013, 01.40 PMby razieh khalili

    The upper body is very beautiful.

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    Dec 31, 2012, 11.58 AMby krunamagiar

    on the pattern is says, …use jersey fabric /elastane only .. why is that? I would like to use cotton, I think should be fine… what do you think,… Ladiesss

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      Jan 5, 2013, 09.19 PMby squirrellypoo

      It’s generally a bad idea to substitute a woven fabric when the pattern calls for a knit/jersey – the drafting is different and takes stretch into account. This dress is cut very close and it’s likely you’ll be uncomfortable moving if it didn’t stretch with you!

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    Dec 30, 2012, 01.35 AMby krunamagiar

    I like your dress… and colour and I like ur picture much more than the original picture (her tummy looks bloated ). This pattern is my upcoming project, pls wish me luck ;)

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    Dec 27, 2012, 07.27 PMby ink

    Your dress is crazy great! I would have gone bananas making this, seems so difficult. Gorgeous!

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      Dec 28, 2012, 02.48 PMby squirrellypoo

      Thanks so much! I’m trying to learn more patience for hand sewing!

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    Nov 28, 2012, 12.28 PMby Vanessa Leigh

    Beautiful job!

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    Nov 27, 2012, 07.12 AMby Ravince


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    Nov 26, 2012, 10.29 PMby libra-s

    Absolutely beautiful!! Lovely colour, great fitting!!

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    Nov 26, 2012, 06.47 PMby krice

    Gorgeous version of this dress!

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    Nov 26, 2012, 05.23 PMby Mary Athey

    I was waiting to see this dress made it before i gave it a go you did a cracking job on it and its so lovely on uou. this is on my to do list x

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    Nov 26, 2012, 03.06 PMby ariation

    WOWWWW. great job with the gathers……..absolutely lovely!

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      Nov 26, 2012, 03.25 PMby squirrellypoo

      thanks! the darts required a ton of hand basting to get accurately transferred, but I think it was worth it!

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    Nov 26, 2012, 02.45 PMby carottesauvage

    Lovely, that is!

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    Nov 26, 2012, 02.38 PMby kisses

    Nicely done…good job

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