Wednesday, 28 November 2012


I've been taking Modern Jive dance classes for nearly a year now and thought it was about time I ditched the jeans that I usually wear for it, and started looking a bit more feminine.
With this in mind I've been rifling through my wardrobe and found this maxi dress


It's quite shapeless so I took it in at the sides and shortened it.
With the leftover fabric I cut a couple of eye-shaped pieces, and sewed them into the armholes to make floaty sleeves, and now it looks like this

Now, dear reader, I'm in need of a bit of help.
Do you remember this vintage Central Park fabric I got from the charity shop?
Well, I've been looking for a suitable dress pattern and I haven't had any luck.
Vintage Vixen suggested I make a maxi skirt from it, and that really would be ideal - and simple to make.  The thing is, I've got my heart set on a knee length dress!
The first thing to spring to mind is a 50s style, but in order not lose any of the pattern it would end up far too long.
My next option is a shift style.  When I hold the fabric up in front of me it just reaches from my knees to nearly my shoulders, so I would probably have to add a bit more of the plain bit as a yolk.  That would not be a problem even if the pattern didn't have a yolk.  
I've got a few shift style patterns but they have curved hemlines, and I need it straight so as not to spoil the pattern.

Has anyone seen a pattern that would work?


  1. Great revamp, you've got a smashing figure, that dancing's paid off.
    I'm glad you're going to make something wearable from that stunning material. Have you searched eBay for a 1960s shift pattern? x

  2. I love what you've done with the dress, it looks great. Can't help with the pattern though. Couldn't you use your revamped dress as a pattern, I've done that many a time.
    Patricia x

  3. Hey Georgia, your dress looks great on, amazing what a bit of snipping and stitching can do.
    Modern Jive sounds like fun.....
    Sorry, can't help with the pattern, I hope you find something as this is such a lovely piece of fabric.

    Claire :}

  4. Brilliant dress, bet it will make you dance like a fantastic Diva! :)

  5. SOrry I can't help with the pattern, but the dress you did make is AMAZING! Love your sense of style.

  6. I really like your dress makeover, brilliant. Sorry can't help with the pattern problem, hope you manage to figure it out.