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Made by a Fabricista: A Blast From the Past

 Hello everyone! I’m so excited to share my new look with you guys!


Fashion is one big revolving circle. Trends, colors, styles, etc. all tend to repeat themselves. One of my favorite time periods is the 1960’s. It has so many traits that is true to me, they had vibrant colors, amazing silhouettes, lots of florals, and dramatized accessories. 


When I saw this gorgeous Fabric Mart Chiffon fabric (found HERE if still available!) I immediately thought of an amazing 1960’s styled dress. I imagined this flowy floral dress with a dramatic sleeve & an immense amount of color.  The fabric has many colors in it including: olive, mustard, hues of purple, pink, hunter green, blues; it is indeed out of a 60’s dream.


Instead of creating a pattern from scratch, I decided to use a pattern in case anyone would want something similar. I used the pattern 8089 by McCall’s View A. The pattern was pretty easy to use & I didn’t have any complications when making it. The fabric being chiffon it is very delicate and smooth. It can be hard for a beginner to sew or cut with. If you have ever run into any problem with it staying put you can very lightly spray starch on it & it will stiffen it a tiny bit to achieve some stability; for me I chose to put several pattern weights on it & cut it out that way. For the hems it is easy to do a curved hem roll, where you sew a curved line all around the bottom then press & fold it over. It will make the hem much easier for you & with this certain fabric it also leaves a clean finish. This dress is a pullover dress with an elastic waistband, so there was no need for any extra zippers or closures. 


 I lined it with some dark purple satin that I had in my stash. I only lined the bodice & skirt portion of the dress, to keep the initial flow of the dress, as well as, the ruffles. For the ruffles & the sleeves I extended the pattern to give it a more exaggerated look. I added 2 inches to each side of the sleeve & I added 1 inch to each ruffle. 


I really wanted this photoshoot to be fun, so I styled it with all 60’s things alike. I really wanted to bring the entire look together to understand my vision when I initially saw the fabric. I bought a cheap old fashioned belt & I styled my hair & makeup to resemble that time period. I was so happy with the overall achieved look. This has to be one of my favorite dresses. 




Thank you guys!

-Macy | @macycamile



Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics in our CHIFFON category.

Comments

  1. The colors remind me of something [Mama Cass](https://radaronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/01-portrait-600px-tall92.jpg) wore but you look more lovely in them.

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    1. Love it, those colors suit you so well. 60's was not my favorite since I lived them and in my memory it was way more divided than we are now, but on you I can like it and maybe remember better parts.

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  2. Beautiful!! I absolutely love it!!

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  3. Beautiful!! I absolutely love it!!

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  4. You need the white go go boots. I love your look and beautiful dress

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  5. Well done! beautiful dress..... gives me ideas on the loads of chiffon I have chilling in my stash. Thanks!

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  6. Well done! beautiful dress..... gives me ideas on the loads of chiffon I have chilling in my stash. Thanks!

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  7. The dress looks amazing on you. And your styling is superb. You have great visions!

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  8. That is adorable and you look fantastic. You have found your era! :-)

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