Vintage fabric shift dress

IMG_2750IMG_2761One of my clients had some beautiful fabric taking up space in a drawer for several years. She’d found it at a vintage sale and loved it but was reluctant to do anything with it in case she got it wrong.

It’s a floral rayon with a really lovely drape. I just wish I could find some more like it.

One problem with trying to decide what style of dress to make was the fact that the fabric was of the old 36″ wide variety, just 90cm, i.e. not very wide at all. I found a New Look pattern for a basic shift dress, and, with a bit of juggling, was able to get all the pieces out of the two metre length. I added bell-shaped three-quarter length sleeves and fully lined the dress.

When the client came to collect the piece she was so delighted with the outcome she literally danced around my fitting room!


It gives me real pleasure to be able to turn a piece of fabric into a garment to be worn and loved.

Contact me for a quote on dressmaking services. Whether it’s a complete garment to make from fabric you already have, a design and make service, or an alteration to an existing garment.

To book a workshop to learn how to make this dress yourself, see the Workshops page, and contact me for further information.


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This entry was posted on November 13, 2015 by in Commissions, Dressmaking service, Shift dress and tagged , , .
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