Friday, October 25, 2013

1960's Green Dress

To say this in a nutshell, I made this dress because I was tired of wearing black to weddings.

Our family has attended over 10 weddings in the past 2 years. And for several of them, I've been the pianist, so I wear "professional black" to be as inconspicuous as possible.

In September, I attended a wedding that I was not a musician in any way! It may sound shallow of me, but I was thrilled to finally be able to wear color to a wedding (don't get me wrong, I LOVE playing music for weddings, but black is ... black), and in honor of the occasion, I decided to make myself a new colorful dress. :)
The patterns were on sale for 99¢. The fabric was in the bargain basement for $2 a yard, so all in all, the dress cost me about $10. Yeah, I was pleased. :)
The pattern is Butterick #6582, which is a 1960 pattern. For a while I had an slight abhorrence to anything from the 1960's, because after all, it isn't as cute as the 1950's, but recently I really started to like the clothing styles, crazy poofy hair, and wacky make-up. :) I guess watching the Dick Van Dyke show at least once a week for the past 4 years has helped me adjust to the 1960's. :)
The first thing I noticed and liked about the pattern was the "pleaty-ness" of the cross front... sadly, it doesn't come out that way when sewn in real life. I had a quite a time trying to make it work, but it just wouldn't. *sigh* Oh well. The pattern otherwise wasn't difficult... my high shoulder gave me a hard time, but in the end it worked. :) I also made the skirt a little fuller by cutting 3 widths of fabric, instead of using the pattern pieces.
The fabric is a rayon/linen blend. It was a little "drape-y" for this pattern, so I would recommend using a stiffer fabric, but I still liked the end result.
Since this style is very early 1960's, and could be mistaken for 1950's, I did my hair in a bouffant/beehive, and did cat-eye make-up for the photos.  :)
And who could resist putting on sparkly sunglasses? :)

Thanks as always, to my fabulous photographer sister for the photos.


  1. I'd take the dress, but what I really want are the sunglasses.

  2. I remember you wearing that dress =) It was LOVELY in person!

  3. That is a really lovely dress!! I love it! Thank you for all of your ideas about sewing - you have inspired me to try to create a piece of clothing! I love your blog.

  4. You picked one of my most favorite colors. :) You look lovely, as always!

  5. Would you be willing to do a hair tutorial on this 1960's hairstyle? It looks super cute! The dress turned out great as well/

  6. Kathryn - I'd let you borrow them, if you wanted. ;)

    Ella - Aw, thanks! And thanks for stopping by my blog! Hopefully we can stay sort of connected that way!! ;)

    DollyCreates - Thanks so much for the sweet comment!

    Laura - I'm a fan of the color too. ;)

    Anonymous - I'll try to put up a tutorial for you sometime soon... need to perfect the hairstyle a bit more, as I was learning by trial and error! :) Thanks for the comment!

  7. What a lovely retro dress and look! It fits you so well, you look great.

  8. CountryGirlCityFashion - Thanks so much!

  9. very nice dress again Tara.
    If I may I can maybe give you a few pointers to get the "pleatiness" better, so you're maybe not frustrated :-) (and yes, I learned those pointers in a sewing class in the 1960's ….hah!
    (Now, maybe you do do this already, then just throw this message in the garbage :-):
    You have to have your ironing board and iron (and if you have a little iron, or anything else you can press with, that's even better). Basically every time you do a pleat, press, press press etc. However before you do that measure exactly so you divide pleats evenly.
    I learned that pressing and ironing a lot during sewing really makes a big difference.
    Well, these were the 1960's hints from Oma T. for whatever it's worth.
    Love you! (yes, more, more, more!)f

  10. Thanks for the tips, Oma!!



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