Hot! “Megan’s Vendetta” Dress

Season 4, Episode 10

I wanted to knock off Megan’s amazing dress since the first time I saw it- Sew Weekly finally gave me a good reason to sew it up. A series of unfortunate events occurred which greatly delayed the finish time on the dress.  I’m sorry, Sew Weekly!   First I couldn’t find the pattern I had in mind so I made one up, then I twiddled endlessly to match the inset bands, and just when I thought I hit the home stretch my zipper split!  Noooo!

Then, after all that drama, we couldn’t go outside for photos because it’s been raining all week.  Sigh.

The Facts: “Megan’s Vendetta” Dress

Fabric: 2m pale pink lightweight stretch cotton poplin, 2m cotton voile for lining, bits of raspberry and white for the inset bands
Pattern: Self-drafted- sleeveless with a half-circle skirt
Notions: Invisible zipper
Year: contemporary, inspired by 60’s “Mainstream Mod” type fashions
Time to complete: 12 or so hours
First worn: For these photos
Wear again? Yes :)

Total Cost: $35

My favorite, favorite part of this dress is the back.  You can’t see the back of Megan’s dress and I imagine it’s pretty plain, but I like back interest so I made a deep V back neckline to balance the high-necked front.   I switched the white and raspberry bands around the neck so the raspberry back neck could reach down to touch the midriff.

I’m pretty conservative (I mean… vintage….) with my skirt lengths, but this time I opted for an above-the-knee half circle skirt and I really like it!

Megan’s Vendetta isn’t quite all I’d like her to be, but I like her anyway..  I’m already dreaming of a blue and aqua version, with simplified bodice construction.  Something about working on this dress really intrigues me- maybe I’ll make a rainbow version, too!

I even did my hair in a Megan beehive- I can’t remember the last time I did this to my hair, it’s such fun.



Stephanie mothers, writes, and teaches sewing in Brisbane, Australia. She blogs about sewing, drafting, vintage style and sustainability at 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World.


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  1. OOOOOooo! I considered knocking this dress off myself! Your version turned out beautifully!

  2. You dida great job!

  3. AHHH! It’s absolutely PERFECT!! Great job. Love the hair too!! So, if this is self-drafted, does that mean you are going to sell the pattern? I would be VERY interested :)

  4. OMG!!! I love this dress and would love a crack at making this.

  5. Amazing stuff Steph, self drafted excellence, a brilliant brilliant job and the fit is impeccable. Way to go! Love it too bits.

  6. This inspriation dress was in my file, too…you are the Master (sho-nuff) for self drafting this into your reality. The fit is perfection. One of these days, you’ll have to share your self-drafted knock off secret for this dress. Love it soooo much!

  7. You have such a great eye for details and then making them happen – fab dress.

  8. Absolutely Pinkalicious

  9. I am so impressed with this dress! The fit and draping look absolutely perfect. I especially love that you took the time to make the back just as pretty as the front.

  10. What a beautiful dress that takes the graphic style of the era and updates with a thoroughly modern flair. Wonderful job!

  11. Your dress is so gorgeous, the attention to detail is fantastic and I love the v back so much!

  12. OH!! The draping and the added color details on this dress are perfection. I love what you’ve done with the neckline in the back – it’s a beautiful piece! I say yes to blue and rainbow versions – what a fun look for summer!