Tuesday, February 18, 2014

1960's Mini Dress

Finally, I have been able to sit down in my studio and get something accomplished! Lately, it's been all school, work, and no fun.

This was a fairly simple garment to make. I thought it was to perfect project to get inspired to work on more challenging items.

Something interesting that happened, was me choosing what fabric I wanted to use. I normally choose the pattern first.

The fabric I went with was this great mid-late 1960's knit with a funky print. I'm really obsessed with the colors in it. I'm pretty sure I found this fabric at a thrift store around 2010 for a dollar or so.

As of now, I'm still at school and I don't have access to a better picture of the pattern I chose. I actually don't even remember the number. However, I do know that it's simplicity and I want to say that the pattern is from 1966. I will update you as soon as I can. 

Like I mentioned before this was a fairly simple garment to create. I went with view 5 (red dress above). Something that I could easily wear during cold or warm weather. It's actually something I always try to keep in mind when I make something. 

I suppose the most challenging part of making the dress was gathering the knit material. It took me two attempts because the thread kept on breaking. The other challenging bit was making sure that the stripes matched. I think I did an alright job (;

Here's the dress paired with a 1980's stretchy belt because it fit me a bit big. Excuse the messy hair, it was extremely windy!



My only complaint is that you can see a bit of the zipper at certain angles. It's quite annoying and I'm not sure on how to fix it. I imagine I just have to go back and sew it as close as I can to the edges. Other than that, I think it's an alright dress. It's not my favorite, but it's also not my least favorite. I know it's going to get a lot of wear thanks to the softness of the fabric.

And here's how I styled this dress

Blazer - Forever 21 via Thrifted - 50 cents
Vintage 1980's Belt - Thrifted - 50 cents
Tstrap Flats - Urban Outfitters - $30?

Well, I thought to add a thick belt so the tiny narrow horizontal stripes on the dress wouldn't make me look too wide. I then threw on this greenish blue blazer so everyone could see the belt. That's about it. However, I am excited to experiment with layering other pieces with this dress.

Until next time,


  1. Very cute dress, looks like a versatile number to have in your wardrobe! Also, how weird is this, but I have that exact same belt!!! My grandmother gave it to me...where did you get yours?!?

    1. That's so crazy! Especially seeing as we both live in different continents! I found mine at a thrift store here in Dallas. I'd love to see a picture of you wearing it! It's a random and interesting thing that we both have the same belts!

  2. This is so awesome! I wish I could make my own dresses.