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the Almost 60s A-line dress

Added Nov 12, 2009

by flosiepoos

Oxfordshire, Uni...






So, there I was on Sunday morning, all set up to start sewing a gorgeous 1960s A-line dress from an original pattern I’d been salivating over for weeks, only to discover on opening the envelope the back part of the pattern was missing. Damn! So, I resorted to using a pattern for a shift dress from an old Prima magazine instead, laid the 60s pattern over the modern pattern, made some adjustments to the skirt to get the desired shape, et voila, an acceptable version.

Because the bustline was very different on the modern pattern, the skirt did not drape as desired, but because the fabric is fairly stiff I managed to solve this by laying a triple hem – three rows of stitching to give it shape and extra stiffness. A good press did the rest.

The dress is fully lined – the fabric is a wool pique and kinda itchy… Of course it had to be a sumptious mid-weight satin… Very nice on the skin and the result is a lovely warm winter dress.

Material Notes

approx. 1m50 wool fabric and lining fabric, 52cm zip.




Garment Type
Business, Casual
Satin, Wool

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    Nov 15, 2009, 04.23 PMby Galadriel F

    Oh my, what a sumptuous lining…it’s almost a shame it doesn’t show!

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    Nov 13, 2009, 02.45 PMby sewneenee

    Great Job working it out!!! Your resulting dress is really cute and I love the lining too! I am sure you will enjoy this all winter. You have def inspired me too as I am trying to get away from the winter uniform of jeans and a sweater…so boring!

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    Nov 12, 2009, 09.59 PMby madstitchress

    Looks great to me! I can see that being worn with bright tights, maryjane pumps and a string of pearls. Sassy!

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    Nov 12, 2009, 08.50 PMby chriszz

    Love it exactly the inspiration I was looking for, for my winter dress. Lining I have got to learn that. So awesome great job!!!!

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