Wednesday, 27 April 2011

A 1970s Dress for Summer


I've been sewing! Hurrah!






I made this dress using vintage pattern Simplicity 7341 from 1976, which was pretty simple to follow with only one side of instructions.

The fabric is a lovely Japanese double gauze, Nani Iro Fuccra in eggplant, a gift from Aunt Bea's Fabric before they unfortunately closed. Double gauze is formed of two fine layers, making it light and airy, snuggly to the touch, sturdy but with a nice drape. It's very easy to sew, although it frays quite quickly so it's a good idea to finish the seams as quickly as you can. It's also a bit transparent, despite the double layers, so make sure you're wearing sensible underpinnings! The pattern suggested using a different fabric for the cuffs, neckline and belt, but as my fabric was already fairly busy I just used some fancy top stitching for definition. Ooh and it's got pockets!

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75 comments:

  1. Really lovely! The fabric the color on you and the cut are spot on. Really lovely.

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  2. Totally adorable! The 70's dresses are so wearable and flattering. Love the fancy topstitching!

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  3. What a pretty dress! That fabric is gorgeous, and the dress really suits you! Also, I love your hair :)
    Ashley x

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  4. So cute! I'm digging 70's patterns for summer dresses at the moment. I have this one which I will be making very soon
    http://www.etsy.com/transaction/47798427

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  5. I never used to like anything from the 1970's but there are some really nice patterns out there.Your dress is very nice and I also like the longer maxi length version also.

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  6. I love it!!! so nice, so pretty,

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  7. Very pretty, I really like the bodice! And the topstitching gives a lovely accent!

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  8. Adorable! the color and print are amazing.

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  9. Love this dress on you! It looks fantastic! I've been wanting to use some gauze type fabrics and this is just the inspiration! Btw. will I see in London?

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  10. Ooooh how lovely! I absolutely adore the fabric, such a pretty print, and the topstitching adds a perfect finishing touch! x

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  11. I love love love that fabric, the main color is beautiful! I love the style of the pattern too, it's too bad it's vintage so I can't sew it also haha

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  12. Oh its so pretty, love the decorative stitching

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  13. So cute! I'm currently working with fabric I bought from Aunt Bea's before they were going out of business. :)

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  14. so gorgeous! i like that you used pretty topstitiching instead of contrasting fabric on the cuffs & neckline. and your necklace! ahh i love your necklace!

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  15. The details on the front are lovely as is the fabric - and it's great it's got extra uniqueness coming from a vintage pattern! The top on the right on the pattern is gorgeous too!

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  16. Gorgeous, it suits you so well! Love the fabric choice too.

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  17. The dress looks amazing and the fabric is right on. love the tops stitching too. I'm always looking for ways to use all those stitches on my machine.

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  18. Tilly, look like such a doll. The dress is so pretty! Good for you top stitching! Love the necklace too!

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  19. My golly, Tilly, that is one GORGEOUS dress!! I love the fabric and the style suits you so well. I love all the little details you added, like the decorative stitches. So pretty!

    The incredible necklace has me drooling, too! Wowza!

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  20. That dress is gorgeous! I love the fabric you chose and the vintage pattern you used is just darling. Very nice!

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  21. Love the fabric, love the pattern love your dress!

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  22. Oh, it's super duperly cute! I love the fancy stitching, very clever touch!

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  23. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I have that necklace in cream! Oh double weave - that's what I used on my Hokey Cokey dress. Yes, it frays like bejeezus. But you're right, it's very breathable and comfortable to wear. So pretty, Tilly - as ever.

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  24. Ah, how cute is that dress! Fab job Tilly :)

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  25. Oh I love that dress! Gorgeous fabric, great style for you - so cute! Let's hope the wonderful weather continues so it can have many outings! x

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  26. Love your dress and the special topstitching on the belt.

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  27. Absolutely gorgeous! You look fab! Love the top stitching - such a nice touch.

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  28. Oh so pretty, and the necklace is a perfect match!

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  29. such an adorable dress! and I love the fancy top stitching :)

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  30. It's completely fabulous! It all comes together perfectly, super well done.

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  31. WOW!! Just lovely! it seem you are so fresh wearing it! you did a great job!

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  32. So that's what that fancy topstitching was for! Very nice!

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  33. I love that dress and it's such a great fit on you!

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  34. I've got this pattern too, but haven't used it yet. I've been itching to make it up soon. Very cute!

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  35. Lovely! The eggplant color is great with the pale yellow.

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  36. LOL, I had at least one dress made out of that pattern ... in 1976. Did you raid my mom's pattern cabinet? :)

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  37. What a great dress. The fabric is amazing, I have never seen that before. It looks great on you.

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  38. What lovely fabric. The fit is great. Such a sophisticated - but casual - dress for summer.

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  39. Oh sooooooo cute! The dress suits you perfectly, you did an amazing job!

    xoxo
    Solanah

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  40. What a fabulous dress. It looks gorgeous on you...... I want one!

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  41. It's gorgeous Tilly. The colour suits you perfectly and I love the yellow accents in the topstitching and necklace. Pretty, pretty, pretty. x

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  42. Beautiful! It looks lovely on you, especially with that cute necklace.

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  43. Me likeyyyy. Also like the new blog layout. Spring clean?

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  44. Wonderful! I was a bit sceptic to the pattern illustration, but it turned out beautiful!

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  45. Nice one Tilly! You look lovely in that colour and I like how it drapes. : )

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  46. What a lovely, lovely dress!

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  47. Very cute! The fabric is really pretty, and it works really well with that dress style. I have that same pattern, and I've been debating about making a dress with it. I think I'll probably have to do that pretty soon, now that I've seen your version. You look beautiful in your new dress.

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  48. Very cute! I love the fabric you chose and it's so interesting that your 70s pattern produced a very modern, wearable dress. Lovely result, well done.

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  49. so cute!! I love the necklace too!

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  50. Wow, what a pretty dress! I'd passed up that pattern before, but I won't be now.

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  51. Fantastic! Love the cut, styling, fabric, etc... Inspiring!

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  52. I love this dress! It's so cool that you made it!

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  53. I was just flipping through Burdastyle's Best of April and recognized your dress! Way to go!

    http://www.burdastyle.com/albums/233/images?page=18&size=small

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  54. Oh wow! Thanks for letting me know, Refugee Crafter!

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  55. What a lovely dress! The fabric is just perfect for it and the fit is great. I also like the topstitching "trim". I've been looking for a dress to make with some lovely green striped seersucker I have, and this has totally inspired me - I'm going to have a rummage to see what patterns I can find to come up with my own version :)

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  56. I made the top in the pattern. I loved it. It was in 1976 and I made it for a FHA conference fashion show. There are so many of those patterns I made that I wish I could find now and remake in my current size.

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  57. This dress is ridiculously adorable! I love it! And it looks
    amazing on you! I've started looking on ebay but may be able to draft my own :)

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  58. Cuteness total cuteness!

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  59. Love this! I have that pattern somewhere around here.

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  60. Hi! This is an adorable dress, you make such nice things, love your blog!

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  61. Hi you!

    I really love to read your blog. And when I once saw this dress and the fabric you used for it, I searched for a piece of it everywhere... and finally I found it.

    But I loved it so much, so I did have enough courage to do something with it. But. Now after looking at the fabric for about half a year, a dress is finished and I really love it.

    Just wanted yo to tell. All the best from Germany..

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  62. So cute! Was the pattern you bought the correct size for you, or did you have to modify it? I love the 70's, I'll have to bust out my 70's patterns now...

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  63. Oh man, that is CUTE! I think I have that pattern somewhere and will have to dig it out. I wish I could still buy that fabric because I LOVE it!

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  64. Everything about this dress is fabulous! I love the fabric and the pattern and it looks great on you!

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  65. Super exited to see your beautiful dress. I have this pattern. I can't
    wait to revisit it. I'll have to make a larger size than I did in the era
    I made the last. lol

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  66. So pretty! And the fabric is beautiful. Aww, I can't stop browsing your blog...I should be studying right now, but now I want to finish my Christmas dress :D

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  67. Love the dress. Any idea where I can get hold of the pattern?

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  68. I've got lots of 1970's patterns as well as 50's, 60's & 80's + . The older one's were bought & made by my mum with me picking up the reins and continuing the collection from the 80's. What I need to do now is to learn how to alter patterns so that I can make some of my old favourites again, especially my mum's 1950's ones - sadly quite a few extra pounds (actually stones - oops!) have been aquired over the years & the patterns are too small :( !! Lovely to see you using your old patterns rather than just collecting them & as always thank you for sharing the end results xx

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