Hot! The “She’s got issues” Dress

The Facts

Fabric: Cotton Lycra Sateen $20
Pattern: From Australian Home Journal Magazine September 1961
Notions: none
Year: 1961
Time to complete: About 4 hours
First worn: January 2012 to meet Kat in Wellington, New Zealand
Wear again: Yes I have to wear at least once, in its current form

Total Cost: Originally $35 including $15 for the magazine

Yay, there’s Kat and I, in my home town of Wellington, New Zealand, where she lives! We had coffee, a walk, a photo session, then gelato – the she walked me home. Special hey? It was, we talked sewing all the way!

But the dress, she’s got issues.

FIRST ISSUE: Not enough fabric

I love this print, and the colours so I bought the last piece on the roll – I thought it would make a nice skirt.

Then I became obsessed by this Australian Home Journal pattern – and would have loved to find a similar border print – nothing on ebay except swimwear fabrics and other uglies. So this stripe (is that what you would call it?) fabric had to do. It was really wide so I convinced myself there was a dress in there – waiting to get out!

I had to piece together bits of fabric to get the bodice out of the fabric I had left.

SECOND ISSUE: The pattern

The pattern was teeny tiny – I should have thrown it away and used something that fitted me.


It looks weird, like it’s creeping around my body. The side seams of course don’t match up either.

FOURTH ISSUE: The wrong undergarments.

I purchased a black strapless bra, not realizing at the time that it is some kind of super duper booster bra! Now, I don’t have nothing to start with, so that didn’t help!

I haven’t worn it again – I might give it another try sans push-up strapless stupidity – before it feels the wrath of my pink unpicker and is transformed into the skirt it should have always been.

And Kat, well she is a bit shy, surprising for a girl with hair as blue as Wellington’s sky on a good day! But by the end of our walk she told me that she was expecting! I felt so special that she shared her secret with me. It made me forget my dress issues immediately! She is going to be a wonderful Mum!

Here is my spring palette, I hope this dress falls into it – the oranges and brown are not exactly correct but I doubt anyone will notice!

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Trish lives in Sydney and has way more thrifted patterns and fabric than her fair share. She studied fashion design in her former life and sews while trying to not to burn the dinner.


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  1. You are TOTALLY rockin’ this dress! I love the bold print, the way the stripes wrap around you and those shoes….sigh… I have pieces in my closet that I made (that red dress I made for the red challenge, for instance) that I’m not sure I’ll ever wear again but if someone else’s opinion can change the way you feel about something then let me be the first to say I think this is pretty awesome : )

  2. I love the print on your dress too. I can’t even tell that you had any issues with your dress, it looks great.

    What a fun post for today, thanks!

  3. Thanks so much, I had fun putting it together, more the palette bit, rather than the sewing and fitting!

  4. What an awesome surprise to open the Sew Weekly, and see the harbour up there. You can’t beat Wellington on a good day, and you ladies look lovely.

  5. Tweak it! It looks great. I adore your colour palette too

  6. You always find the greatest stripe! And by always, I mean the two projects you’ve shared here that were striped. Fantastic look!

    • As Charlie and Lola say, “Stripes are nice”. Thanks, if my fabric arrives in time from the US – it will have stripes too. Am currently working on another rose print!

  7. Great style and fabric choice! Love the photo of you two pretty gals.

  8. There’s no telling you had any issues with this dress, it looks fantastic on you!!!

  9. She may have had issues (or ishooos, as we say here :o) ) but she turned out gorgeous in the end. Then again if you think you’d get more wear out of her as a skirt then I’d go for the chop.

  10. Fabulous photo! So great you could both meet up and great to see you both specially featured! Those colours really suit you Trish and I can’t see issues? A skirt would, as Taracat says, probably be more versatile though.

  11. Great photo great dress Trish, you look smashing. Can’t see the issues from here. Great photo of you and shy Kat too :P

  12. OK – I have a skirt in like, that exact striped pattern that I bought at H&M years back. I love the fabric. Where did you get it?

    • Thanks Nathalie, the fabric came from Spotlight – a retail chain in Aus, NZ and Singapore (I believe). I have seen it here in Vintage (reproduction) Clothing store, in a aqua/grey/yellow colourway – which was very pretty, and fits right with Pantone’s spring predictions!

  13. the dress is very pretty! I’m really loving the off the shoulder bit-very nice (and sexy!).

  14. I love the bold print. It will be a great skirt. Congratulations Kat, all the best.

  15. I love this and I think the fabric is awesome. Part of me thinks that if you are willing to invest more time, it would look great cut right under the knee but somehow keep the black bottom border. Either way it’s still great!

  16. That striped print is so nice…I do hope the dress sees the outside again because you wear it quite well.