The “Aunty Peg circa 1973” dress

Fabric: Spun rayon from, £3.50 a metre

Pattern: Colette Truffle, minus the flounce

Year: Contemporary

Notions: 22” invisible zip

Time to complete: about 6 – 8 hours (yay! finally a quick make!)

First worn: for a pub meal with my brother and his family

Wear again? Of course, I love it

Total price: This is the third make from the Colette Sewing Handbook (a Meringue and a previous Truffle) so at this point I am calling it free, the zip was £3.40, the lining was left over bits and the fabric about £10:50. So £13.90. (Online converter says this is $22.46)

This is my second Colette Truffle. For my first Colette Truffle I spent some time making a muslin and fitting the pattern. Ha! I thought. I’ll make it again. (This may seem obvious to you, but I think I am a slow sewing learner. I have only just twigged that remaking the same pattern makes sense.) Voilà.

I have used some lovely rayon I got online. It is a spun rayon and only a yard wide, the nice man at says this makes him think they are vintage as they don’t have looms that narrow now. I fully lined it (as I did last time) with some leftover dark blue acetate and I didn’t add the ruffle as I thought that detail would be de trop what with all that busy pattern going on.

The day I got the photos taken I had so much fun. I went to the Festival of Vintage which was held at York races. It was such a lovely day full of vintage fashion, music and dancing. Many people were dressed in vintage outfits. I wore the 1950s dress I made last year for another sewweekly challenge and I had a vintage makeover (hair and make-up) at the pop-up vintage salon. I had my photo taken with two lovely gents from the Home Guard. Later on I went to the pub with my brother and his family for a meal so I took the opportunity to put on my new dress. My brother said (unprompted, I promise) “you look just like Aunty Peg used to”, which is just as well because that was exactly the look I was going for.

My inspiration is this photo from Christmas 1973 of myself, Humpty, Uncle Bill and Aunty Peg, wearing a blue and green dress. She always dressed like this when I was a child. In fact, I spent the day wearing her vintage clip on earrings and I appear to have her hairdo. She is nearly 90 now and I rang her to tell her what I was up to in her earrings. She was very amused indeed!


Charlotte Tilley

Charlotte Tilley sewed a dress in 1988 on her mother's machine. Then nothing for over 20 years. She came out of hibernation to sew along with sewweekly for the last year. She has learnt alot, but has a long long way to go.....


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  1. Ohhh… Lovely! I have that same pattern book,but I haven’t attempted the truffle. Now, after seeing yours, it”s a have-to and sooner than later. Looks like you had a fabulous day enjoying the vintage themed festival. Your auntie was probably tickled pink to hear about your use of the clip on earrings. Nice job!

    • Thanks Barbara, it is a lovely pattern, very simple and fun to sew. I dod prefer it with a full lining though rather than the bodice lining called for in the pattern….

  2. Hi Charlotte, the dress looks amazing, actually both of them, love the photos.

  3. That’s such a sweet story. Love your dress!

  4. Charlotte, this is beautiful.. I love the truffle with out the flounce too. A very smart idea.. Looks great on you.. I love using the pattern, the second or third tie around…so much easier..all the hard work of figuring out the fit , is done for you.yea!!! Happy sewing..

  5. I love your hair and matching shoes. It all looks so great together!

  6. Hi Charlotte, what a lovely dress and your hair looks smashing! x

  7. Oh wow Charlotte.. you look absolutely stunning!!! Your dress is lovely and looks great with the cardi and shoes. Your hair and makeup is amazing. Oh how I wish I had someone on hand to make me look like that. Love the photo of you with the home guard boys. You’re so darned pretty!