My 60’s rendition

This is my inspiration for my first Monthly stitch garment. As it is the anniversary of my mothers passing, and also the month of her birthday, I decided to use this photo as my inspiration. 

 But of course, I couldn’t find the exact pattern in my daughters stash, and as a pattern maker myself, I don’t usually have any commercial patterns . So, using  her Simplicity 2910 pattern as my base, I traced out the pattern, decided I didn’t like the collar, and drafted a new front and collar. Then, after cutting out the rather wasteful collar piece, I found I didn’t have enough fabric for the pleated skirt that I wanted, so the skirt became a half circle with 4 pleats, 2 in the front, and 2 at the back. So, sadly, the only actual vintage pattern piece I used was the back bodice!

This petticoat is actually vintage, given to my mother by my Dad, when I was very little. In the 60’s, when big skirts had given way to more slender lines, I was allowed to wear it and I can remember as a little girl , swirling around and around, making the tulle dance in the air. 

Many years later, I still had the petticoat, and used to let my own daughter wear it. Then one day I let some older girls wear it, and the little monsters climbed up a tree in it and ripped it. I was very distraught, and put it in a bag, to be forgotten for about 20 years. This month, by chance, I found it again, and decided to repair the rips

It was fun to make the dress, I thought I’d make it how my Mum used to make hers, with nice belt loops done by hand, no overlocking, just zig zag seams, (but I did do some french seams on the skirt).

I wore it on the “Whats the deal with Teal?” day because I had assisted in making Crazy Gypsey’s dress, and it was sort of the right colour.

We went off for photographs. People did look sideways at this band of Giggly ladies. Then it struck me. We looked like a gay wedding party, with way too many bridesmaids, and I was mother of the bride/groom. AARGH!


11 thoughts on “My 60’s rendition

  1. Your skills are just amazing, as is your dress – and what precious memories to spur you onward!
    Thanks so much for sharing such lovely memories of your mum – may you have many years of delight wearing your dress.


    • Thanks to you too! I have done it forever, its like breathing to me. Now trying to learn by computer but I’m an old gal and its taking time… I like the sweep of the pencil on the paper, and ‘feeling’ the design through my fingertips


    • Thank you. I usually don’t like wearing patterns but I just loved this fabric. I used a fine cotton voile over the fabric on the collar and the front trim (cut out of a sari that I picked up at a fabric fair) but I wanted the leaf pattern to show through a little more than it actually did, but hooray at last I got it finished on time!


Comments are closed.