Print and Plain Sewing Competition – Entry 3

kerrianne 7My Vintage Inspired Dress Entry – Print and Plain Sewing Competition by Kerry-Anne.



I have always admired the 1960s fashion, even as a little girl I remember dressing up and traipsing around the house in my mother’s 60’s engagement dress teamed with brown knee high boots. Recently I have discovered the art of sewing, I have a love of vintage style clothing and once again I feel like a little girl dressing up.


While mooching about the Melbourne Vintage Show last year I came across a classic 1960’s dress pattern. I don’t believe in fate but at the same show I was drawn to a piece of stunning 1960’s floral fabric (drill), it was definitely a match made in heaven.

Vintage Pattern - Circa 1967-69

Vintage Pattern – Circa 1967-69

Back of pattern envelope

Back of pattern envelope

Before I was able to start the actual garment I constructed the dress in nylon to get the correct sizing for my curvy body. Once the fitting was correct I used the mock to recreate the pattern for my article of clothing. For the front and back panels I used the floral vintage fabric which I absolutely adore, the side panels of the dress I found the perfect navy drill at Spotlight that matched the fabric beautifully.

























The collar and pocket tabs were crafted in the navy drill, finished with a seamless topstitch. To really bring the dress together I managed to find (at Spotlight) the ultimate red and white buttons that were just made for this dress and lent themselves to the same period.


I had a lot of fun sewing this dress, learnt new techniques and became more confident in my sewing ability.

Kerry-Anne H.

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