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Fabric: Vintage woven linen – $12 for 3 yards from Etsy 
Pattern: Simplicity 2101 – $3 from Etsy 
Year: c. 2009
Time to complete: About 5 hours
First worn: July 2010
Wear again? Yes.

Total Cost: ~$15.00

Today's creation is the first in a series of dresses I'm sewing using Simplicity 2101. The inspiration for this series is Pattern Review's latest contest, One Pattern, Many Looks  – I'm going to be making four dresses all from one view of 2101. The trims and slight variations (sleeve length, dress length, fabric choice) is all that will differentiate each dress. My ultimate goal is to create four dresses that each span a different period of time, this first one being my 1940s take.

The white Peter Pan collar has caused my husband to affectionately calls this my "maid dress." Promptly after his take on this dress, I punched him in the stomach I unbuttoned the top two buttons to make it a little less stodgy.

The fabric, a linen I purchased on Etsy, is an example of one of those pieces of fabrics that I absolutely adore as just material and then am slightly indifferent once completed. It's pretty and all, but it just sort of blends together when photographed. I'm starting to think I'm a big floral print or geometrics kind of girl. 



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Oh my goodness… In that picture you look so much like my grandmother did in the 40’s. Her name was Anglina Celini, and you are the spitting image of her!!! I LOVE your dress (and your whole wardrobe)!

  2. you look great in that dress!!! and i really really love the peter pan collar!
    do you have any tips on how to sew curved parts of a pattern…not sure if that is a stupid question but i have found it to be some what annoying and i end up cutting the fabric so it curves that right??
    don’t you just LOVE etsy! i just bought this pattern:
    i can not wait to get it! i haven’t made a wrap dress before! saturday i am going to the fabric store to pick out something fun!

  3. Love the dress! The fabric is awesome and reminds me of the fabric of a vintage blouse I was gifted a number of years ago. Same colors in a floral pattern. From far away it all blobs together but up close it is beautiful.

  4. Ahhhh! You made the DRESS in 5 hours! It would take me 5 hours to do just the collar. And you made lots of buttonholes too. And you sewed on lots of buttons. Ok, I forgive you and your amazing skills. By the way–you look very cute in that dress and I bet the hubby thinks so too :)

  5. Whatever you think of the print, the linen must feel great. I’m excited to see the different versions of this!

  6. You look fabulous in this! Purple definitely works for you. What a great look!

  7. I love this! Peter Pan collars are a favorite of mine (though like you, I tend to wear them with the top couple buttons undone to make it less… uptight-looking ;). I can’t wait to see what your other three versions look like!
    ♥ Casey
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  8. That is such a cute dress! I love the colour.
    -Andi x

  9. I love the fabric belt on this one as i am just generally a fan of a matching fabric belt.
    I’m loving all your creations!!