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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals. I'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

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Vintage-ey dress for engagement pics

I've talked before about how my fiance and I just did engagement pictures.  I wanted to show you another dress I made to wear in them... we did a sort of 60's-ey shoot, and I designed this dress combining some patterns.  I knew I wanted something slim-fitting, a la Mad Men secretaries.  I even used a vintage fabric, a lovely silk/linen blend in a bold blue.

Inspiration:
I used a vintage one my mom lent me, McCall's 6275, for the skirt.
I used Simplicity 2444 for the bodice, but cut it for less "wearing ease" than recommended since I wanted the snug-fitting look of the 60's.
Here's how it turned out!
(I promise the skirt isn't wrinkled in the engagement pics!)
I had a lot of fun accessorizing for a 60's look, doing my hair, etc.  All I added in this picture is the rhinestone circle pin--it's just too plain without it.  Can't wait to show you pics!

Update: Here it is in one of our engagement pics!!

23 comments

  1. It turned out adorable!

    Gotta love Joan and Peggy's wardrobes. I wish I could just crawl into the Mad Men costume loft and take a nap.

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  2. Anonymous11/02/2010

    Cute dress! You really achieved the 60's look. I
    want to see the pictures!!!

    Maria from:

    My current hobby!

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  3. P.S. I have that same pattern (the second one)!

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  4. Just darling! I love it!!

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  5. oo. its so beutifullll :))

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  6. Oh it looks fantastic- love the colour you chose! xx

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  7. I'm way excited to see these pictures!

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  8. that is darling! i love 60's style.

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  9. Wow! Just beautiful! I love the neckline (can you call it a collar?).

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  10. I love the neckline and brooch!

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  11. Anonymous11/03/2010

    Oh, it's beautiful. Congratulations.

    aweekfromthursday.wordpress.com

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  12. Too adorable! You look fantastic in it. I can't wait to see the final pictures!

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  13. This dress is Fantastic! Where did you get this fabric? It's beautiful

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  14. Anonymous11/26/2010

    I love these necklines. How do I do it, or where can I find a tutorial for one?

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  15. Thanks!
    @harinayfe, which neckline do you mean? The one on the blue dress is just one of the variations from the Simplicity pattern I used!

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  16. Very chic! Just curious, what does the back of the collar do? I'm assuming there's a back zipper (or is it a side zip?), is it like a backward fastened regular collar so there are points or mandarin look in the back?

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  17. Thanks, all!
    @copperdog, the back of the collar just stands straight up. The zipper goes up the vcenter back, kind of like a mandarin collar, but it's just plain.

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  18. Thanks for the link...I think I can do this! I have the newer Runway pattern already and tons of vintage that I can use for the skirt. So inspired!

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  19. my name is mezo from america i want tell you that your site very good and i want spend my time here and this is my site iam happy becuse am here thanx

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  20. Beautiful dress! What kind of fabric did you use?

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