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Red Vixen Dress

Added Feb 7, 2010

by sunnilj9

Cedar City, Utah...






I made this dress using a vintage 1961 sewing pattern. It’s the first time I’ve used a vintage sewing pattern and I have to say, I love them and am completely converted! I found this wiggle dress pattern, McCalls 5995, on Etsy, bought it and had to grade down the pattern. To view the pattern, click here. Grading really did scare me to no end as I have never done this before. However, it turned out brilliant, though I do believe I could grade down just a little more for a snugger fit. I did triangular bound buttonholes down the front of the bodice, you can find a tutorial for that here. For the zipper, I handpicked it and lapped it. This I am most proud of and I do believe that I will use more and more regular zippers with this technique method than trying to use an invisible zipper, which typically never works for me. The original design was so attractive to me that I didn’t alter or change anything except for the triangular buttonholes. The Red Vixen Dress, just in time to be smitten for Valentine’s Day!

Material Notes

Red Merino Wool Twill from TrimFabric.com, Red Dupioni Silk for the skirt lining, covered buttons




Garment Type
Business, Classic, Mod, Vintage
Silk, Wool

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    May 24, 2011, 01.26 AMby wildcatspow

    Ack!! This is STUNNING!!

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    Apr 8, 2010, 09.45 PMby cayetanca

    Beatiful dress, wonderful finishing, congratulations!

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    Apr 4, 2010, 12.40 AMby nuiwida23

    This is really gorgeous…LOVE the triangular bound buttonholes!

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    Feb 17, 2010, 08.56 PMby pixelink

    SENSATIONAL!!! Love all your work ;-)

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    Feb 9, 2010, 10.13 PMby seemane

    Gorgeous style & colour – love it!

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    Feb 9, 2010, 04.26 PMby gtangel

    ooh my.. this is the most stunning dress ever!! simply gorgeous.. its speaks so much .. GReat Job!!! i love it…

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    Feb 9, 2010, 10.16 AMby silke

    this looks realy great and kind of sexy… great work! i love the shape and especially the buttons and button holes. how elaborate!

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    Feb 9, 2010, 10.15 AMby anajan

    Hot dress! Love the color, the shape, the button holes… well everything about it! Well done!

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    Feb 9, 2010, 08.02 AMby juebejue

    so very lovely!!!

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    Feb 9, 2010, 06.24 AMby dewreb

    So cute! I love the buttons, and the shape!

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    Feb 9, 2010, 03.42 AMby littlecottondresses

    Great dress, styling, and the photography as well!

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    Feb 9, 2010, 01.57 AMby ginasophia

    Thank you for the link to the button holes, they are very unique and have given me an idea for a project I scrapped because of the missing buttonhole option on my machine.

    Beautiful work by the way, absolutely lovely!!

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    Feb 8, 2010, 11.46 PMby stefilu

    you did a really great job! I love the buttonholes. the color suits you so well, I’m a big fan of red myself :) As for the invisible zippers – I don’t like them, tried it once and decided not to do the same mistake again :)

    I tried to leave this post on your blog but the “post” button doesn’t work :( or is there any trick I don’t know about? :)

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      Feb 9, 2010, 04.32 PMby sunnilj9

      Oh I’m so sorry! I’ve had a couple of problems with this. I just put in a ticket with Typepad. Thank you for letting me know. Hopefully this will be resolved soon. Thank you for looking at my blog!

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    Feb 8, 2010, 10.52 PMby pikkupossu

    Simply awesome :) Sassy and loaded with attitude :)

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    Feb 8, 2010, 08.51 PMby ichigogirl

    It’s just gorgeous, the fit, the style, the finish, the colour. The triangular buttonholes are fabulous… made me want a wiggle-dress you did!

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    Feb 8, 2010, 07.48 PMby susanne2011

    That’s awesome, love it! Great buttonholes and love your gloves!

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    Feb 8, 2010, 07.25 PMby nettie

    That is absolutely stunning!!!

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    Feb 8, 2010, 07.22 PMby Jodi Wade

    straight into my favourites! those buttonholes! wow!! you did a fantastic job on this

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    Feb 8, 2010, 06.27 PMby michelleiswell

    those bound button holes are AMAZING! You should be proud of those as well. They are great! Love this!

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    Feb 8, 2010, 06.16 PMby skwarynia

    WOw really great:)

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    Feb 8, 2010, 05.59 PMby nenasew

    What a sexy dress and there is hardly any skin showing. I love it.

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    Feb 8, 2010, 05.37 PMby almresl

    WOW! This dress is so wonderful. I love your work and your website.Thank you for the inspiration.

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    Feb 8, 2010, 05.32 PMby zickzack

    That’s a great dress! I have not tried to make bound button holes yet because I like the normal ones almost better, but triangular ones.. I might try that in the future!! Thanks for the link!

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    Feb 8, 2010, 05.30 PMby victors

    Wow! its a work of art, those button holes are amazing ;)

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    Feb 8, 2010, 04.59 PMby smallone

    grading down, and triangles, and difficult zips…and a wonderful result, very inspirational…not to mention lovely.

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    Feb 8, 2010, 04.32 PMby irmchen

    I love merino wool… and I love the earlie 60ties… and I love your dress! :-) Looks really pretty. Well done!

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    Feb 8, 2010, 04.01 PMby mudinfedi

    Wow!! this is absolutely amazing. I love the buttonholes. I think I should start checking out vintage patterns. Your dress is so unique.

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    Feb 8, 2010, 03.56 PMby frkbustad

    Great work! It’s fantastic, and so many lovely details! I guess we all just have to start practising on vintage patterns, because this is oh so nice!

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    Feb 8, 2010, 03.42 PMby wzrdreams

    Great photos of an amazing dress! I actually like that it is not extremely snug. It still looks falttering and not at all frumpy or ill-fitting. I love the triangular bound button holes. Bravo!

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    Feb 8, 2010, 03.38 PMby dorawarren

    great job – looks wonderful!

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