Hot! The “Make Do” Cocktail Dress

The Facts
Fabric: Printed crepe, thrifted – $1
Pattern: Simplicity (I forgot the pattern number)
Notions: none
Year: early 1960s
Time to complete: About 5 hours
First worn: November 2012
Wear again? Yes

It’s been so long that I posted that I’ve forgotten what to write! So, once again I’ll be fairly brief.

This week’s challenge coincided with a trip I took to Las Vegas. Since Las Vegas is the perfect setting for a 1960s cocktail dress, I just knew the sort of silhouette I wanted to make. The only problem is that since I’ve moved (yes, I finally moved! Yes, I packed up my sewing room and donated about 300 pounds of sewing and crafting material!), I only brought two boxes of sewing patterns (the rest went into storage). And although, I only brought along patterns from the 1940s and 1950s, an early 1960s pattern slipped into the mix.

Right now I’m away from my apartment so I don’t have the actual pattern number. Picture the standard 1960s slim-fitting, darted shift dress with a flounce bottom. For the dress, I used a crepe I had thrifted quite some time ago. Originally, I had planned to use this fabric for a 1940s style day dress. But since I also don’t have much of my fabric at my disposal, it had to do for this one.

Overall, I was quite pleased with the results. I only wish the other ladies in Vegas tended to cover up as much as I did. Classic fashion really needs to come back. Please.



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. Oh, how pretty!! And yes, those females in Vegas need to cover up just a bit. CONGRATULATIONS on moving, on the guy and on your SEVEN HUNDREDTH POST!!! It’s good to see you here : )

  2. Oh, very sweet! I can’t believe that you got time to sew amidst moving, and a trip to Vegas! It’s fantastic to have you back! And I totally, totally agree about classic fashion ;-)

  3. Very cute dress! I am also in awe that you found time to post whilst moving and traveling. Whoah! I love the print you used, and the eye make-up! And, Congratulations on post #700!

  4. Your dress is adorable, Mena. I am also in awe of how you can still sew, travel, and move to a new residence. Thank you for hosting such an incredible site. I’ve had so much fun this year. You’ve brought so many of us together to enjoy our love of sewing, and the joy of sharing and caring about the other sewers in our sew weekly community. Maybe it’s too early to ask, but I’m wondering in what direction you will go with the sew weekly in 2013?