Thursday, January 19, 2012

She's a Mod

Burda #104  dress


You know how sometimes you forget how much you love something? Like, I forgot how delicious cream cheese is and then I had some the other day and now I keep slathering it on everything. I also momentarily forgot how much I love 60s style dresses. That is, until I saw the floral fabric I posted about in my last post. It's a textured cotton pique and when I saw it at Spotlight it screamed, "Make me into a 60s dress". It was $18 a metre though and that's more than I like to spend on fabric (yeah, I'm cheap) so I didn't buy it. About a month later I was in Spotlight again browsing the sales table and there it was for $4 a metre so I happily bought it.

Burda #104  Dress


I used Burda #104, after seeing this fabulous version. It has bell sleeves which I love. It came together relatively easily, apart from my sewing machine having a hissy fit. Luckily, I have two, so I used my 1950s Elna instead.

Burda #104 Dress Back


I made a couple of changes to the pattern. I couldn't be bothered doing a closure so I cut the back lower so that I could slip it over my head. I made the skirt flare out slightly more.
I'm really happy with the way it turned out and it's made me obsessed with sewing some more 60s style dresses.

P.S. I'm going to Wellington for a few days next week, does anyone have any vintage or op shopping recommendations?

30 comments:

  1. Love it and the sunglasses are really cool. Lucky you going to Wellington, hope you have lots of fun.

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    1. Thanks, Penny-Rose. The sunglasses were $2 at a shop in Timaru.

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  2. Too cute! A perfect fabric/pattern combo. Love the shoes too!

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    1. Thanks. I'm pretty sure the fabric chose the pattern itself. The shoes are my favourite. They're from Golden Ponies on etsy.

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  3. Love the dress. So clever to make it yourself. I love it with the red shoes. Have a fab time in Windy Wello. Xx

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    1. Thanks. I will. I will have to forego my ususal full-skirted dresses up there so I don't accidentally give the people of Welly more than they bargained for.

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  4. Very cute, and probably windy Welly friendly too! Love the simplicity, and your idea of cutting out the closure!

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    1. Thanks. I hope so. Cutting out the closure was mostly laziness but I'm pleased with the result.

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  5. Great dress, great fabric. Love the idea of lowering the neck to omit the zipper.

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    1. Thanks. I hate putting in zippers so anything I can do to avoid them is a good thing.

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  6. Ahhhh this is so cute, and it really suits you. I'm so envious of your sewing skills.

    Up Cuba there is a second Recycle Boutique at the moment, in their old premises, which is vintage only! I got some really good stuff in there last week, including a 50s Horrockses floral dress for $30. I left behind the most adorable 70s blue-and-brown printed croptop though, I am having serious regrets and have my fingers crossed that it'll still be there when I go back! Emporium have some amazing 50s stuff right now too, not that I could afford it if my brother's girlfriend didn't give me 50% off.

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    1. Thanks. Wow, jealous of your Horrockses dress for $30. I <3 Horrockses. I'll grab the croptop for you if I see it and send it to you. I have a feeling I will be spending all the money I earnt over summer.

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    2. My other Horrockses dress was only $6! I'm gonna miss Chch opshopping so much.

      Ahh I would be super grateful if you did, I could pay you back asap! It had an adorable little modish floral print and I'm getting emotional thinking about it, haha. If you want we can do swaps and send packages and stuff when I move, I saw loads of stuff that reminded me of you when I was there.

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    3. Super jealous. I have two Horrockses dresses as well but they both cost me way more than $6. I will try and find it for you. I hate that feeling of regret from leaving something great behind so I sympathise. Yes, that would be awesome. I love bloggy swaps.

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  7. Oh, and if you have lots of free time the second-hand shopping in Petone is meant to be excellent.

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  8. When I saw this fabric in your previous post I just knew you would turn it into something that awesome. Your dress is fantastic!

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  9. That's gorgeous, summery and fun. It goes to show that sometimes it's worthwhile waiting because you would have been gutted to spend all that money if it was reduced so much only a short time after. I must get my sewing mojo back, it seems to go into hibernation over winter. X

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    1. Thanks Louise. Yes, it's actually happened to me a few times at Spotlight where something I really liked but didn't buy has gone on sale. Sometimes it's hard to get motivated to sew when it's cold.

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  10. Gorgeous! I also really love those shoes, from what I can see of them.

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    1. Thanks. The shoes are one of my favourite pairs. They are t-bar flats from Golden Ponies.

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  11. I LOVE it!! I LOVE it when fabric you have been loving for ages goes on special - $18 a metre is a lot. I wouldn't spend that either. I also love the sunnies - I have a real soft spot for brightly coloured frames.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, it's the best when you wait and get fabric on special. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that's expensive. I love brightly coloured glasses too. I also have a blue pair the same.

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  12. You had me at cream cheese....

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    1. I can't believe I forgot about how delicious cream cheese is.

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  13. That is an absolutely charming 60s dress! Great deal on the fabric!

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  14. heyyyy, cute blog, i just found you via the velvettes! i bought this fabric too! too cute to resist and yes i got it on sale as well :) I've yet to make anything OF COURSE!

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    1. Hi Kelly. Thanks. The velvettes are great aren't they? Awesome. I look forward to seeing what you make with it.

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  15. Adoring the length of the sleeves, classy back and flare. Makes me want to sew.

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