Retro Flair

This challenge I started for Amnesty month and I am so happy I finished it before the end of September.  It also can be categorized for the Froctober challenge as well.

I finally finished the retro vintage Tia dress by!! It has an excellent twirl factor especially with the petticoat I made for this dress.


It’s flirty and fun.  I love the way it turned out for my first time. I also added horsehair braid to the hem of the skirt for added fullness especially if I wear it without the petticoat this gives it a beautiful drape and finish.


  • by Laura Nash from sew
  • why? Because I love vintage clothes!!

Scooby Snack Rating

  • imageimage not more than 2 cocktails girls there are a few tricky, nippy parts.


  •  I choose a bold cotton I found at M and L Fabrics in Anaheim CA 3.99 a yard! (More on that tidbit later)
  • I also needed one yard of fabric for the trim at 4.99 a yard. I always prepare my fabrics first before sewing them. To do this I simply washed and dried them as I normally would any other cotton clothes.
  • 1 yard of iron on interfacing 2.99 yard.
  • 3 yards of netting for the petticoat
  • 1 (1/4 inch) bias white binding for the petticoat.
  • I used cotton thread in matching color, 80/12 needles
  • regular sewing foot and use of a serger for the seams on the skirt portion and petticoat.
  • marking tools (tailors chalk, rulers, pins)
  • cutting tools: snips, scissors and I love to cut out my pattern pieces on a large quilting mat with a rotary cutter using large washers to hold down the pattern and fabric.
  • pressing tools such as seam roll, tailors ham, clapper and of course an iron with steam setting for the cotton.  I also love my silk organza  pressing cloth.
  • 14 inch regular zipper
  • Stay tape for the waist

Stitch length

  • 2.5 most of the time but I love to baste certain pieces to double-check fit than redo with the 2.5 length

Seam Finishes

  • The bodice I just used pinking sheers because it is lined. The skirt is sewn with regular seams pressed open and a 3 stitch overlock on the raw edges for a nicer finish.
  • Hand sewn modified blind hem stitch on the horse hair braid for the bottom of my skirt and the armhole bias finishing as well.

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Total length of time to complete project

  • hmm tough one I was following along with the craftsy course to make this outfit and I think it took me 2 weeks  of working on it for average few hours a day during the week so …. 20 + hours

Snafu’s Girl?

  • ya the $#%@*  bodice!!!! I think I needed a larger cup size in-hindsight and could have went down 1 size because I had a lot of ease in the waist.
  • ‘@#&*n  fabric. It was 3.99 for a reason I had a hard time truing up the grain on this sucker!! Plus in my frustration I did not pay attention to the directional nature of these birds!! (PSST don’t tell anyone but my lining inside is all upside-down) Thank goodness I realized my error before I cut out more pieces for this dress or I would not have had enough fabric
  • sewing the triangular piece to the front bodice was a complete bitch to sew in order to get it nice and straight and completely center. Absolutely no room for error on this part.
  • zip with the facing…not sure why but it was a bit of struggle to get in.

I omitted the sleeves in the  pattern and just made my own bias trim to finish the arm holes. Why, you asked?…..Alrighty you got me on another snafu girl ….. I ran out of fabric 😛

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The zip for the dress is on the side seam and has a great fly facing so the zip isn’t directly against the skin.


My husband helped take the pictures and I thanked him for that 😉

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Here are a few pictures of the back profile of this dress.

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And a few more on the twirl factor. Little do you know in these pictures I am trying not to fall on my ass. lol

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