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The "Eat Local" Dress

Added Mar 15, 2011

by sewweekly

San Francisco, C...






Fabric: Fruit print Cotton from 1972 – $0.25 for 10 yards, thrifted
Patterns: Simplicity 3864, free from pattern swap!
Year: c. 1962
Notions: Invisible zipper, red piping – $.05
Time to complete: 3 1/2 hours
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Yes! But I’m going to shorten it a bit first.

Total Cost: ~$0.30

With the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Mission, the Castro, Chinatown and Lombard Street (to name a few), San Francisco is not suffering in the landmarks department. However, with all of these sights, my inspiration comes from the treasure which I probably love the most about the City — it’s Farmers markets and our ability to easily eat locally, organically and well.

In keeping with my Spring Palette , the fabric is full of bold, bright and edible-worthy primary colors. In case you can’t tell from the first photograph, the red and yellow elements are cherries and strawberries. And, quite perfectly, they’re surrounded by a table-cloth worthy blue gingham. The fabric was thrifted and for about a quarter, I got ten yards! And, even better the selvedge was copyrighted with a date: 1972! I absolutely love being able to pinpoint my fabric to a year.

I received the pattern at The Sew Weekly Swap/Meet from last weekend. I don’t remember who brought this pattern to the swap, but thank you! As I said in The Facts section, I’m going to shorten the dress a couple inches. I didn’t factor in that I wouldn’t be wearing a petticoat and, as a result, is much longer than it should be. Once I get the hem length down I can see many versions of this dress in my future.

The dress was easy to construct. I didn’t start it until around 8:00am (the morning of the market) and finished it at about 11:30. I could have saved 30-45 minutes if I didn’t pipe the collar, sleeves and waistline. I’m glad I added that detail since I think it makes the dress pop.

More information can be found at my blog, The Sew Weekly.

Update: I’m hosting a giveaway where the prize is 2 1/2 yards of this same fabric.

Material Notes

Vintage thrifted fabric from 1972, cotton. Thrifted piping and zipper.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Vintage

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    Mar 27, 2011, 06.30 AMby kiwistitcher

    love the dress – wish I could get 10 yards of fabric for 25 cents – sigh….

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    Mar 27, 2011, 12.45 AMby rshelly13

    I follow your posts and really enjoy the community that you have created and this dress is amazing. secondly, I love the concept of a pattern swapping party. I have been to clothing exchanges before, but this sounds even more exciting. you could probably even bring fabric that you just haven’t used and it just taking up room. i may have to have one of these parties!

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    Mar 26, 2011, 01.34 AMby lexicooks

    So, so cute! I’ve been wanting a collared version of this kind of dress in b&w gingham for ages. You’ve inspired me to get the project going! And you made it for almost nothing at all! Fabric in thrift stores here (in Australia) is definitely not that cheap.

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    Mar 25, 2011, 11.44 PMby corinneski

    The extra time to add piping was definitely worth it. The dress looks sensational and the addition of the red belt just makes the outfit. Fantabulous!

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    Mar 25, 2011, 08.09 PMby sewweekly

    Thanks to everyone for your sweet comments! Over at my blog, I’m having a giveaway to win 2 1/2 yards of this same vintage fabric.

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    Mar 25, 2011, 07.00 PMby baka-pepica

    Really cool

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    Mar 25, 2011, 05.03 PMby woman

    this totally cheered up my day!! what a dream dress!! <3

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    Mar 23, 2011, 08.16 AMby evelynnouveau

    OMG I wish we could thrift stuff like that in the UK! That is such a cute dress!

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    Mar 16, 2011, 03.19 PMby tashmopolitan

    I simply adore your style. You are way too cute!

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    Mar 16, 2011, 01.57 PMby tamezdc

    Adorable Dress!!

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    Mar 16, 2011, 06.42 AMby zoe-may

    This is so wonderful. I am addicted to fruit patterns lately, and combined with the gingham it looks so fun and colourful =) And for 30 cents!!

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    Mar 16, 2011, 01.36 AMby tinybows

    this is too too cute.

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    Mar 16, 2011, 01.11 AMby Dupioni

    Great job!

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    Mar 15, 2011, 08.11 PMby lizah

    this is so sweet!!

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    Mar 15, 2011, 06.45 PMby auntlizzie

    I really need to get me a copy of that pattern now! Love the dress!

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    Mar 15, 2011, 04.35 PMby analogue

    Beautiful dress and perfect styling, I love the photos as well!

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    Mar 15, 2011, 04.35 PMby iroiro

    Gorgeous! I love your photos too, really vibrant and fun :)

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    Mar 15, 2011, 02.23 PMby LindyMop

    Very inspiring! Looks amazing!

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    Mar 15, 2011, 08.11 AMby loulourosa

    such a sweet dress! I also love it when I can make clothes for almost nothing,… It makes you feel so clever :-)

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