Friday, 10 April 2015

It's warm enough for a spring dress- just!

Hello everyone! I have been away from the blog lately because of Easter hols, but still finding time to read other blogs, and most importantly to keep sewing. For a change, I now actually have a backlog of finished items that need to be photographed and blogged. Up first: a Spring dress! 


It's just about warm enough to wear this, another of my Vintage Pattern Pledge entries. It is McCall's 6676.  Looks to me like c. mid 1960s.


Sadly, I don't look as glam as the lady on the cover; even so, the dress is a favourite already. It is made up from a cotton from my Nan's stash. I have never had a fabric behave so well! It pressed and sewed beautifully. Rather a cute print too.
 

 
 
The picture on the cover shows the dress just hitting the knee. When I held the pattern piece up to myself it hit my ankles! I had to fold the pattern up by over 8 inches!
 
 
The dress has French darts, a kick pleat at the back and a centre back zip. I really enjoyed making this, and everything inside is nice and neat with cute facings for the neckline and arms.
 
 
It goes perfectly with my favourite (thrifted) yellow glass necklace. They were made for each other.
 
 
 
The dress also sports a rather jaunty little belt. The belt is supposed to be held on by bar tacks at the hips. I tried that, but it feels more natural just slightly below my waist.
 
 

The dress has an extra seam down the front as the fabric was only a small remnant. I see this dress getting lots of wear in the summer, as it is so light and airy. For now, it's perfect layered with a light jacket.
 
 

 
Hope you have all had a good Easter. We still have a few days till the boys are back at school, so a bit more hanging at our new local park is in order. 

18 comments:

  1. I love it! And I think you look just as glam as the model on the cover! Perfect for spring and summer, also nice to use your nan's fabric - puts a story behind the dress if that makes sense?

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    1. Ah you are kind, I know what you mean about fabric having a story. It was fun wondering what she had made before from the cut out shapes left behind.

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  2. Perfect spring dress. The print is really cute and hooray for easy to sew cotton!! And it does pair beautifully with your necklace. You look fantastic, and totally "summer ready"!

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    1. Thanks, bring on the sunshine I say.

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  3. Beautiful dress! I love the fabric, style and all the cute details!!

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    1. Thank you, never made a kick pleat before. Thought it was going to be tricky but it came together perfectly.

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  4. Love your dress, it looks fantastic and the fabric is gorgeous. Random question, where did you get your shoes, they are fab!

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  5. Ha the shoes! I am always getting asked! I think actually the are old lady shoes! The brand is called "Heavenly Feet- anti fatigue footwear." I have a couple of different shoes from this range and they are the comfiest shoes ever. http://www.heavenlyfeet.co.uk/

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  6. this looks brilliant on you - very chic! The fabric is gorgeous too, and so nice it came from your Nan. That's crazy you had to take the length up so far though I've found that with a few dress patterns I've used too.

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    1. Makes you feel really, really, short doesn't it?

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  7. This dress is lovely. I think the shape could even work for a more formal dress.

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    1. Yes I think you are right, Could be a good work dress in the right fabric.

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  8. Wow I love this dress. So simple and stylish. A great little shape and some lovely little details like the pleat at the back! The fabric is beautiful and perfect for the spring sunshine. I look forward to seeing some versions in different fabric over the spring and summer months x

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    1. Bring on the sunshine, much more fun sewing for the sun.

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  9. A lovely vintage dress, thanks Nan for keeping the fabric to pass on! ;) I agree with the 'cute shoes' too ;)

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  10. Looks like a great spring/summer dress - the fabric is such a cute print! Hope you've been enjoying the end of the Easter holidays!

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    1. Great hols thank, sad they are over.

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