The “Blåck änd Whyt Gynghamke” Dress

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The Facts

Fabric: Ikea fabric from Alameda Antique Fair – $3
Pattern: Qwik Sew 470 – $0.20
Year: c. 1970s
Notions: None
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: October 2010
Wear again? Yes. Have worn twice already.

Total Cost: ~$3.20

A few years back Ikea was promoting the twenty-fifth anniversary of their KLIPPAN sofa. For a moment, I thought, "wow, the Klippan is a classic!" Then I realized that, no, twenty-five years ago was actually 1979 and that's not really that vintage or cool. I guess I'm frozen in 1985 or something when twenty-five years ago actually seemed a really long time ago. Anyway, there is a point to this long preamble.

An item is only eligible for sale at the Alameda Antique if its at least twenty years old. While that might seem like an adequate enough restriction to maintain vintage an antique standards, keep this in mind: An Alf poster is eligible under that criteria. Now, I highly doubt that this (that had an Ikea copyright) fabric is even five years old, but that doesn't mean it's not cute and dress-worthy. I gladly paid my $3 not because I thought it was antique, but because it was a good deal.

The dress pattern itself is a Kwik Sew pattern from the early to mid 1970s. It was supposed to be made from knit, but I had no problem making it out of a not very stretch cotton. In fact, I was able to omit the zipper and still get it over my head. 

This was another dress that I made for my trip to Hawaii a couple weeks ago. While it was perfect for that climate, in San Francisco I've had to layer with a vintage crocheted sweater I purchased at the Candlestick Park Antique Fair.

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Author

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. It’s so surprising to me that you pick that particular fabric for that particular pattern and make it look so cute. And you omit the zipper. You’re amazing!

  2. I am loving this dress! What a fabulous job!!

  3. It is really cute.

  4. I like how you’ve styled this dress – looks great with the little cardi and brooch!

  5. Great Dress!
    I too am a “dress school” drop out…LOL!!! I have tried to sew an Easter dress for myself 3 years in the running. Haven’t completed one yet.
    I am inspired by you. Your dresses are darling.
    What do you think….should I try again?
    Blessings to you!
    Susan

  6. Your dresses always give me a little hint of envy on top of lots of “Wow!”

  7. Oh my gosh I am soooooooo excited! I have read your blog for months and wished I could buy material like you do and other vintage goodies. In the UK material of any kind is so hard to come by, let alone vintage. Anyway, we have just moved to Palo Alto, CA and you have just mentioned a sale that I can go to! the Candlestick Park is practically on my doorstep, oh my gosh, I am thrilled and you have just made me realize once again that I am so lucky to live here now. We have only been here for three weeks so I am so looking forward to attending this sale next month. Thank you for telling us about it. Lottie -x-

  8. Sew very very cute! I am inspired now.

  9. Oh, that is so cute…I think the print is perfect. You’re brave for omitting the zipper, but I’m really glad it worked out! You & the dress look charming with the sweater, too.