Sewing Idea : New Dress from Old Pattern
This pattern is from the 1998 February issue of Female magazine. I’ve been wanting to sew a shift dress and this pattern’s measurements fit my body type. The fabric I’m using have this lovely trim that runs down the selvage and I wanted them to be the major attraction. So I redrew the neckline and shorten the length of the dress , like so :
The pattern pieces were cut with the sleeves end and hem line placed on the trims. When sewing with this kind of design, it is better to sew from bottom up so that the trims are lined perfectly. What’s great about having trims on the hems is that there are no finishing to be done !
I ran out of invisible zippers and sew a bag zipper with contrasting color on it, exposed style. I thought it was going to be real fashionable but it turned out really ugly. I spent half the night picking out the whole thing ! Since I was going to wear it the next day, I hand sew on a jacket zipper that matches the dress’ color. The zipper pull was star-shaped so I covered it up with flower trims. When I re-do the zippers, I will cover it up the same way. I think it’s cute !
You can make all these styles by doing minor modifications on a dress pattern you already have !
*Update 22/3/13* Even more ideas !! Colletterie.com did a post on various shift dress styles ( floral, color, lace, prints and stripes. Then released a shift dress pattern, Laurel with a free pdf on various alterations that can be done to this pattern.
Beautiful! Love the zipper pull especially!
You have created a beautiful garment salty*mom! This was a style I wore a lot in my late teens (in the 60s). It was versatile, quite comfortable to wear and easy to sew. Yours has real elegance and clever detailing.
Thank you for the likes and the nice comments ! I didn’t know that this dress was so easy to make until I tried it. Now I’m hooked, I’ll be making more of these in the future !
So cute; love your fabric – and that edge on it – well done!
Thank you! I made another one in ikea fabric. I messed up the darts, but I’m still wearing it 😀
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