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January 9, 2018

New Year – New {MOD} Dress!

by Arleen

I’ve held onto this lovely pattern for some months now, waiting to come upon the perfect piece of fabric to give it a go. On my recent fabric haul at my local vintage haunt, I found a great plaid tweed that ended up being perfect. I was a little hesitant, as the tweed is all things synthetic and not the fine cotton or wool goods I am used to. I honestly didn’t think this dress was going to turn out, but alas, it did!

The gathered part of the neck looks a little tricky, but it is actually really quite simple. Check out the front dress piece.

Next time, I would have finished the seams before sewing that vertical seam. I ended up leaving it raw in this version.

Luckily, the only pieces missing were the facings, which is really easy to draft using your bodice pieces. Just trace along the top , add two-ish inches (I added 2.5) and you’re good! Just note that you’ll be cutting on the fold for the front facing, and cutting two of the back facing.


Another note, keep these away from your kitty! Mine devoured my facing pieces. What is it about cats and paper eating?

Lets take a moment to talk about seam finishing. Initially, I thought, I am going to save so much time. I will use my pinking shears to cut the whole thing out, and I will finish nothing. I see so many home made vintage dresses like this, it will be fine, and save me SO much time. Well, safe to say I was wrong! This acrylic fabric does NOT lay flat.

I used my serger to overlock all the seams together, and then I stitched the seams down a scant 1/4″ away from the seam line. I think this would be considered a faux flat fell seam? Similar to what you find in jeans. Thats what I get for trying to cut corners!

There was not a lot of instruction for zipper installation, plus by this point I was on auto pilot. I elected to do a lapped zipper, which is true to this vintage look. I was quite impressed with my memory, as went for it, without referencing instruction, and it actually turned out! Woo-hoo!

With rain clouds fast approaching and gobbling up the last of the light, my dearest captured some quirky gems. He says I look very “Kennedy” in this dress (sans the kitty tights – of course!) and that my friends, is a real good guy compliment if I ever heard one. I think I need another dress with a matching pillbox hat (and maybe a lower hemline!) to really get that Jackie look.

I’ll admit, I took about 50 photos, with a fair amount of outtakes, so here you go! Me in my natural habitat, full of awkwardness and goofy smiles!

Happy Sewing!

Arleen xoxo


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One Response to New Year – New {MOD} Dress!

  1. Clarence Ellis Reply

    January 9, 2018 at 10:49 am

    I think it looks terrific!

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