Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Eve Dress

My husband gave me the most gorgeous Michael Miller cotton called 'Midnight Mums' for christmas, and the minute I unwrapped it I knew it would make the most gorgeous 50s party frock. Lucky he has intuition with these things and had given me 5 meters!

I made Vogue 2960 with the fabric. I absolutely love this dress and think it is the best thing I have made yet. The back is so gorgeous:

The pattern calls for bound buttonholes, but I am quite scared of them, so I opted for machine buttonholes instead. I think they look quite nice though:

This dress was so nice to wear. It was quite a windy night, and when the wind picked up the skirt you could see the fullness so well! I did have to make sure it didn't blow it up too much though - it was way too hot to wear a petticoat, and I certainly didn't want to be showing off my underwear!

We had lots of fun, and my frock was a hit!

This was my first post to Sew Retro too.


  1. Beautiful! And holy hell, you've become very good in just 18 short little months. I love all your dresses, they are great. Very feminine sillouttes (?) while having really fun and modern prints! Keep up the great work and Happy sewing!

  2. Lovely dresses, especially this one!!
    Nice to see a glimpse of the pup and I do know how obsessed Border Collies can be!!

  3. Your husband is AMAZING. If only my husband chose material like that! (He only likes things that are ORANGE at the moment! And I'm still loving black!)

    Welcome to blogging, I've been sewing for a while but blogging at my crafty adventures blog for two years now! You've made some excellent dresses so far so can't wait to see more!

  4. I just found your blog on Sew Retro and had to say hello to a fellow Aussie vintage seamstress! I love your dress, that is a truly fabulous fabric - good on your husband for buying lots! I have made that pattern a few times, it is definitely one of my favourites, and it is also the one that taught me how to do bound buttonholes! They are not scary at all, just measure first and you will be fine.

    Can't wait to see more!

  5. Hello Rachel. I too found your blog via SewRetro, and I'm glad I did. I love your dresses very much. Consider me a follower of your site from now on.
    Have a happy New Year.

  6. Hi,
    nice blog you have, I´m folowwing you now.
    I live on the other side of world: Germany-
    Check out my fashion and sewing blog:
    happy new year!

  7. Hi everyone, thanks for your lovely comments! It is so nice to get feedback from the sewing community. I do already follow some of your blogs, and will be sure to follow up those I don't follow yet! xx Rachel

  8. (i hope you get emails for comments on old entries!)
    I'm about to attempt this dress in a purple crepe that I thrifted - 5 metres for $12! And its such a rich strong purple. can't wait!

    Are there any secrets that you would like to share in relation to the pattern?

    Should I do a toile ?

    I can't imagine I'll be fussed with bound buttonholes either, normal ones are fine.