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The "Barely Green" Dress

Added Mar 15, 2011

by sewweekly

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Fabric: Patterned dotted swiss from Fabric.com ~$7.50, Green fabric free from swap
Patterns: Simplicity 3864, free from pattern swap! Vogue 8979 for bolero
Year: c. 1962, c.1957
Notions: Invisible zipper $3.50, vintage button
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Definitely the dress, not sure about the bolero

Total Cost: ~$13.00

My inspiration for this dress came from the Sears Catalog archives. I loved how this dress had enough green to be a “green dress” but not too much to make me a sallow mess. For my version, I wanted it to be less 1950s and a tad more modern (modern in this case is early 1960s). For the dress, I used the exact same pattern (Simplicity 3864) as my Eat Local dress from last week. The main difference is that I took about seven inches off the hem when I was cutting the pattern pieces.

While the dress fabric doesn’t have a particularly interesting origin story (I bought it for $1.95/yd at Fabric.com), the bolero was made from some fabric I acquired (as leftover) at last month’s Swap/Meet. We took a photo of me with the fabric since it was so obviously meant to be a dress at one point. That’s all the fabric I had to work with and, luckily, had just the right (barely) amount. I’m always surprised how much fabric some really basic patterns require. The bolero is lined with the same fabric from the dress. I have to say that I was quite happy to have been able to make something with such a challenging scrap. It reminds me to hold on to fabric pieces that may seem to be lost causes. Thanks to whoever brought this piece in to swap!

Material Notes

Printed dotted swiss and green linen




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Vintage
Cotton, Linen

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    Aug 1, 2011, 08.24 AMby tine94

    I LOVE the bolero, beautiful! Great choice of colour.

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    Mar 23, 2011, 08.15 AMby evelynnouveau

    That is sooo beautiful Green is my main colour in my wardrobe this spring and that dress has a lovely balance to it, as does the outfit!

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    Mar 15, 2011, 09.52 AMby u120418

    I love green, so I am biased, but I really, really like the bolero!

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    Mar 15, 2011, 08.57 AMby Debby H

    I love the bolero with the dress it looks so fresh on you.

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    Mar 15, 2011, 07.56 AMby freakusbzzz

    Im not a huge bolero fan but this one looks fab. Uour clothes are lovely and colourful.

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    Mar 15, 2011, 07.36 AMby katie2belts

    I love this, and I love the bolero with it, they are a great combination!

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