Tools and materials:
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
I was thinking about my next sewing project and I decided I wanted to try my hand at something vintage. Using an authentic 1960’s sewing pattern, I made the most beautiful babydoll house dress with pockets.
The 1960’s pattern had a few versions of the dress. I was pretty set on making the long dress with long sleeves but then I realized I didn’t have enough pink fabric. I decided to use a different fabric to get the dress I wanted.
The first thing I worked on was the center front and center back seam.
After pinning, I sewed and got a little confused. I had forgotten to leave the center back seam open above the notches but I managed to distinguish between the front and back in the end because they had a different amount of notches.
Next, it was time to move on to the sleeves. I was a little bit intimidated because I had never seen sleeves that looked like this. I took a few deep breaths and then stay stitched the edges.
To attach the sleeve facing, I matched up the notch on the sleeve and the notch on the facing and then pinned.
I took that over to my sewing machine and sewed it on. As I was sewing, I noticed that when it comes to 1960’s fashion, things start to become more functional. The clothes definitely moved in a more comfortable and easy to wear direction.
Back to the sleeves! Right sides together, I had to pin the front to the back and the back to the front. This step took a bit of maneuvering but once I had it all figured out it was easy. I then went ahead and sewed.
I pinned the shoulder seam and the other seam that actually extended into a dart. The dart would help to give some shape to the sleeve.
Feeling a lot better about the sleeves, I moved on to work on the collar. I applied interfacing on one collar piece and stitched both pieces, right sides together, leaving the notched edge open.
I then clipped the corners and trimmed the seams nicely.
I turned out the collar and gave it a really good press with my iron. I also went ahead and stitched in the ditch so that the facing wouldn’t roll.
Next, I pinned the collar to the neckline matching up notches. I then basted it to the neckline.
With the collar sewed on, I moved on to attach the zipper at the back. I had to unpick the top of the back seam because I had forgotten to leave it open at the start of the project. The zipper went really well which was surprising because it can be a little tricky.
Next, I sewed the underarm and side seams but I made sure to leave a gap between the two dots I had made earlier because that is where I would insert the pockets.
This wasn’t my first time attaching pockets but the method was a little different. I matched the pocket pieces to the inside seam of the dress so that the right sides were facing together, matching up the medium dots to make sure the pockets were aligned. Then, with the right sides together, I stitched the pocket pieces together. This technique was a little finicky but once all the pieces were in place, it wasn’t too bad.
I decided to make a belt to help give the dress a little more shape. All that was left to do was hem it.
I love my new flowing, 1960’s style house dress! Which vintage fashion decade is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!
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