Sew Over It 1970s Vintage Shirt Dress

May 12, 2017   /   byLynne  / Categories :  Feeds
The Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress is inspired by shirt dresses from the 1940s and 50s, but mine is straight out of the 1970s - and we all know how much I love the 70s!


This fabric is an Alexander Henry number called "Greenwich - Black" that I bought last winter when I should have been looking for fabric for my green coat.  Anyway, it went into the stash with a vague plan for a summer dress.

The plan became more definite when I eyeballed this gorgeous Vintage Shirt Dress by Colette on Instagram and then on her blog - seriously, how fabulous is that dress?!  The lovely fabric reminded me of my Alexander Henry fabric, so the decision was made.

At first I thought this fabric had a bit of an oriental look to it because of the lovely big chrysanthemums and poppies, but once I started sewing my dress together, then the 70s goodness started to show - I think it's the colours!

There's not much to say about the construction, as I have made it twice before (here and here), but I did two things differently.  Firstly, the instructions say to press the pleats to the centre front and back, but I pressed mine flat just because I like the look of it.  They remind me of the pleats on the By Hand London Anna dress, which I love.

This is what my pleats look like from the inside.
Secondly, I added pockets, because who doesn't need pockets?  The pattern piece is from Simplicity 2444.  You'd think a dress pocket pattern piece was a pretty standard thing, but it turns out this is my dress pocket of choice, and the pattern piece lives in my blue Ikea trolley to be added to any dress.


The weather has been gorgeous in Belfast for the last two weeks (but it's raining as I type...), and I'm loving how this dress turned out, so the 70s sunglasses and wedge sandals have been making an appearance!
Have a great weekend,


This is a syndicated post. Please visit the original author at Ozzy Blackbeard

You may like

happy thanksgiving!

A Happy Thanksgiving wish, from the Oliver + S family to your family.

read more

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hello, hello! My goodness, has it really been so long since I last updated here? I just wanted to pop in to say “Happy Thanksgiving!!” I wish I could send you all flowers, but these watercolor blooms will have to do. I hope my mother-in-law isn’t reading this because this is a card I painted […]

read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

The post Happy Thanksgiving! appeared first on Sew Sweetness.

read more

Would you try a sewing subscription box?

There are a few different sewing subscription services you might have seen here and there. Like you I was curious what you actually received and Hayley of Sew Hayley Jane was convinced to let me in on the action by sending her November box out for a review! Plus keep scrolling for a link to […]

read more