Hot! The “G&T Anyone?” Dress

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Vintage Waverly cotton – $3 for 1 3/4 yards from estate sale and white cotton scraps
Pattern: Simplicity 2101 – $3 from Etsy 
Year: c. 1947 with a 1960s twist
Notions: vintage buttons – $.005 
Time to complete: About 5 hours
First worn: July 2010
Wear again? Yes.

Total Cost: ~$3.00 (pattern was already part of another project)

Today's creation is the second 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 second one being my 1960s take.

If my last dress was what I'd wear as I cleaned house, this is the dress I'd wear as I sipped a G&T at the country club in the late 1960s. The fabric is Waverly home decor fabric I scored at an estate sale for $3. I never thought I'd make anything with it since there wasn't much yardage, but I couldn't pass it up. Because I knew this would be a fairly short dress with no sleeves, I took a chance and had enough for the main pattern pieces. The facings and undercollar were made from piece of white cotton scraps I'd save from another project.

I didn't make any modifications to the original pattern other than shortening the length and omitting the sleeves. The collar is still the basic Peter Pan collar — the difference being I didn't apply the top three buttonholes/buttons.

I love how the fabric makes such a difference from my 1940s take. It's the perfect dress to wear in the Summer. Well, Summer in anywhere else in the country other than San Francisco. I'm sure it will come back into rotation during our Indian Summer in October.



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. This came out very nicely and looks great on you. The print is so pretty, too–it won me over, and I’m a steadfast fan of blues, greens, and grays. (Love the shoes, too.)

  2. I love it! It is totally a G&T dress. And you have the. best. shoe collection!

  3. While I’m not a big fan of this dress (it doesn’t flatter you much), I do love the shoes!

  4. This is a really cute version and totally looks like the sixties! I was surprised even though I knew you were doing variations of this pattern. I think the fabric helps with the sixties feel. You look so cute and ready for that poolside G&T!

  5. Dress is cute but I have to say LOVE the shoes!!

  6. What a lovely sunny, summery fabric. Very cute!

  7. It’s really cute, but is it just me or is the print upside down?

  8. I love this dress! The yellow is lovely with your skin tone. The print is beautiful and I can absolutely see you leisurely sipping G&Ts in this one! :) (shoes are awesome!)

  9. I love this fabric. The bright colours are so perfect and summer-y.

  10. It’s not upside down when I look down at it. :) I hadn’t noticed, but I guess it really is.

  11. The shoes are Easy Spirits. See this post about my love for grandma shoes:

  12. This may be my favourite dress so far! Stunning fabric that totally suits the pattern.

  13. I love the fabric and I love that if was a home decor fabric. Very Julie Andrews. :)

  14. love love love this! I so enjoy seeing your variations to patterns, and the fabric is perfect!

  15. Lovely dress! The sunny colors are perfect for summer :)

  16. that is the pretties pattern and super sunny and cheery! great job a again :D