Hot! The “Tropical Twiggy Dress”

The Facts

Fabric: Silk (or silk-like) vintage fabric from East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse – $8
Pattern: Qwik Sew 470
Year: c. 1970s
Notions: None
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: October 2010
Wear again? Yes. For fancy tropical affairs.

Total Cost: ~$8.00

It's been a bad two weeks of sewing around The Sew Weekly headquarters. I've ended up with a 1940s dress that looked like a sack, a peasant blouse that just looked all wrong and a animal print coat that looked like a pimp's bathrobe. 

I took this as a sign to take a little break from making anything new and instead post all those outfits that turned out well but I never documented on the The Sew Weekly. For example, the three other dresses I made in October for my Hawaii trip.

Without further ado, here's the second variation of Kwik Sew 470 — the other being the last Weekly Creation – that I made for my Hawaiian trip. Once again, I opted out of using the suggested knit fabric and once again, it turned out just fine. 

Earlier this year, I wrote about the fabric used to make this dress. At the time of writing that post, I didn't think I'd make a dress similar to Twiggy's dress. However, when I started looking at the amazingly flowy fabric again, I realized that there was absolutely no way I could resist making a floor-length dress.

The dress was constructed in the the exact same way as my last dress with #470. The fabric itself wasn't wide enough to cut the skirt pieces on the fold so I ended up joining two pieces together. That was fine, however, since it's such a busy pattern. 



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. Love it! I’m going to Hawaii next month and this would be just perfect. Gotta go hunt down that pattern now for sure. Great the fabric choice.

  2. Looks like a perfect fit and very comfortable. Love the colors.

  3. Seems like a dress with a lovely drape and very flattering too!

  4. I really like this dress, it is so beautiful.

  5. What a fun, tropical dress! You look lovely.


    love it!!