Curtain Dresses and Inspiration


Over the bank holiday weekend I finished making a dress using one of my tried and tested 1960s sewing patterns. I love using curtains or light wool to make dresses as they work so well with the 60s patterns that I have.


Having finally caught up with Mad Men season 5, Megan Draper's wardrobe is providing me with so much sewing inspiration right now.



x

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  1. That's such a lovely dress! I'm working on a pattern myself but my lack of experience is really getting on the way. It's taking much longer than it should but I hope it will turn out at least half as good as yours! xxx

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    1. What style of dress are you making? If you need any help just give me a shout x

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    2. I'm sorry I took long to answer, I didn't see it before! Thank you and actually I do need some advise: I've got my pattern from a second-hand shop and just now that I've reached the second part which is a long waistcoat I've realised that the small sizes are missing so I'll have to modify one of the big ones. I've heard that taking two inches from the outline is a good go but I'm not so sure. What do you reckon? xxx

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    3. I've never had to really grade a pattern before, it's actually one of the things I'm planning on tackling next. Normally if I'm taking a piece of clothing in, say a dress, I just take it in on the sides so as it's a waistcoat I reckon that would be ok. It's hard to know for sure though without seeing the pattern. This blog explains pattern grading really well and might be of more help, http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/tag/pattern-grading/ x

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    4. Thank you! I'll give it a go and it should be fine, the pattern is not too complicated! xxx

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  2. That is gorgeous - curtain dresses rule! x

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  3. just like sound of music! Megan has really grown on me and from watching the start of season 6 last night think her wardrobe will stay spectacular. I adore her hair (and therefore your hairstyle too!), it's making me want to go short!

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  4. How retro adorable!

    Jillian
    http://epic-thread.blogspot.com/

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  5. I has vintage curtains.
    If I send you them will you make a dress for me too? :(

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    1. I'd be more than happy to help turn your curtains into a dress! x

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  7. lovely dress and lovely inspiration.

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  8. Just found your blog and loving it. Maybe we can follow each other on GFC or bloglovin? Please feel free to stop by my blog and let me know. XO

    http://mevamarie.blogspot.com/

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  9. You are so gorgeous!!! I can totally see Megan Draper in this dress, you suit the 60s look so well. I'm delighted to have found your blog :D

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  10. What a gorgeous dress, and I love your fabric choice! I've made a dress out a duvet cover before but would love to find curtain fabric as great as this.

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  11. Awesomeness! The colours look just so great with your hair, really lovely :)
    Jasmin

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  12. I love curtains and work with them for a living, but not in this way! I would never have thought of using them in the format of a dress - a really beautiful outcome.

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