Friday, August 1, 2014

Circus Dress

Just thought I'd share my most recent creation.

The Circus Dress. 

Since sewing,  I've always stuck to the 60's. I really want to sew some of my older patterns...but I'm a tad overwhelmed. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's the age of the pattern. I decided to tackle that fear/feeling with Simplicity 1583 from 1956. The pattern came from my stash.

As for the fabric, it also came from my stash. I can't find any markings on it, but it was 48"-ish in width. I bought it (2 3/4ish yards) at a thrift store in North Carolina in 2009 for $2.20. I had no intention of ever turing it into an article of clothing, but loved the print. So the mystery remains, is it a replica or true vintage? My gut says it's a really good replica. I also wish I had some left over to sell! 

Oh I suppose I should mention that this is a two piece set, not a dress. I just keep calling it a dress. lol. Well anyways, the skirt was super easy so sew! Just a plain dirndl style skirt. The top was easy until I got to the V shape panels and sleeves. I think it came out a bit wonky, but I don't think it's too noticeable. Oh well! The top is still wearable. I'm really looking forward to wearing the pieces with modern separates. 

So now I leave you to a ton of photos! My boyfriend and I found this super cool building near downtown and had an audience of 6 working men while being photographed hahaha! So enjoy my awkward facial expressions! (;

My shoes were a $14 find from DSW and my clutch is Oh la la! (Korean brand) from Daisy Blossom. My necklace is vintage 1960's and jade bangle. 

Oh!! Don't forget to enter my current giveaway! 



  1. Gorgeous! I love the style & that fabric. Xx

  2. Amazing dress and shoes!!

  3. Love the style and colors of the dress. Great job!

  4. Love it…and the styling. You look great in it!

  5. The fabric is wonderful - what a bargain, and I love 'dress' - which is a real bonus as you can wear the two pieces separately.

  6. Super fun fabric! I'm crazy about the blue bodice. It's absolutely beautiful!