Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sewing: A home made dress from a 1960s (I think) pattern.

Taking a little break from cosplay before I post the rest of my MCM pictures I wanted to share some images of a dress I made a little while ago. 

I got some fabric super cheap from World of Sewing in Tunbridge wells, it was hugely reduced to £2/m, so I bought 2.5m and decided to make a swing dress. I bought this pattern from eBay to help me with the design of my Princess Daisy dress and I knew that I'd be able to used the pattern again and again as I adore that late 50s early 60s type of sleeveless dress.

I think by using a plain fabric it gives the dress a very different sort of feel, and I was able to add a really cute little lace collar without too much hassle. I'm not sure what the fabric is, a sort of heavy crepe I think, it gives the dress a lovely swing. The skirt is huge and had lots of pleats so I am pleased to say I will never be afraid of sewing pleats again, in fact, I'm not really sure what I was so afraid of in the first place. 

I decided to wear this dress with a long sleeve blouse underneath, since it was cold, but I can't help but feel that it gives the outfit a whole Disney Princess on her day off sort of look... But maybe that is just wishful thinking. The collar on the blouse doesn't really work with the one on the dress, but I think I just about get away with it.

Dress: Home made (~£6)
Blouse: Next via charity shop (£3)
Shoes: Topshop via eBay (£14)
Tights: Primark (£2.50)

As far as my hair goes, I was inspired by blogger Mia Moore and her Maiden Braids. I have experimented with plaits before, but never over the top of my head this way. It reminds me a little of Princess Leia - and I am perfectly fine with that!

Mia's blog is great by the way, especially if you like a bit of a mix of girly style spattered with geekery!

The last thing I want to share is my blue coat. I bought it from eBay just as spring was turning into summer so I got it for £9.99 which was an absolute steal its Monsoon too which makes it a double bargain! Its a wonderfully shaped coat, with a distinctly 1960s sort of feel with the big collar and wide sleeves.

I'm thinking of making a similar shape dress in a red, green and gold fabric to wear at christmas, what do you think?


  1. Oh my goodness, you are so talented! I am totally getting a Disney Princess vibe from the ensemble, especially with the maiden braids. Thanks for the shout out! Your sewing is so inspiring!

    1. Aw thanks Mia :) I think I was inspired by Belle when putting this together.

  2. You know Mia stole my opening line:) I was totally thinking the same thing she was. I just love this dress and paired so nicely with your wonderful vintage coat. I'm obsessed with vintage coats so I'm very much loving yours. Only 10 pounds crazy! Great deal!

    1. Thank you Joanna, sewing is something I've not been doing too long, but I'm rapidly becoming very obsessed with! I love vintage patterns.
      I am very, very jealous of your coat collection ;) This blue one is one of my favourites.


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