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DIY Tartan Shift Dress


Handmade dress, Primark leggings, Underground creepers

I wouldn't really call this a DIY, even though I made it myself, as to me DIY seems to suggest altering an old item into something new. This dress was made totally from scratch using a pattern. But "handmade" sounds weird too. I really like shift dresses but I've never found one that fits in the shops as I'm different sizes top and bottom, so I decided to make one myself as I could alter it to my measurements. (I need to let the hem down on this one though, it's on the very edge of decent at the moment, and I'd like to be able to bend down in it!)
It's also nice to know that you have a complete one-off and aren't going to see anyone else wearing the same clothes as you! It was inexpensive too, the pattern, fabric and findings (that means the zip, thread etc) all came to under £12, so it was a lot cheaper than buying something similar (and a lot better quality too!)
I'm part way through making another version of this dress with the same pattern, but in black faux leather and suede, possibly with cap sleeves. I've also bought this vintage 1969 pattern, which is actually for ice skating and cheerleading outfits, but I thought would make some cute dresses.


I bought it from Etsy, which is a great place to look for vintage patterns. I'm still not sure what colour/pattern fabric to go for though, so and advice would be appreciated.

29 comments

  1. Ahhhh amazing..and just a few hours too late. I've just been trudging round town looking for a shift dress for a mod party this weekend. Yours is gorgeous, great job!

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  2. Ah this is amazing! I need to start sewing lol!

    The Deer Head

    x

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  3. Love the dress !! It's great to be able to make something that fits you just as you want it. I'm going to have a sort of some old patterns I've been unable to throw away. Might be an 80s treat or two..

    HELen

    pierrelecat.blogspot.com

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  4. Beautiful! I've been looking for a tarten dress that I like the pattern of for ages and not found one, so maybe this is the answer! x

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  5. the dress looks great! the leather and suede version sounds cool too x

    http://highstreetfashionlust.blogspot.com

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  6. Such a cute dress, so glad you like to DIY too!

    xoxo

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  7. Lovely dress, I'm so impressed that you made it. The patterns look so cute, I can't wait to see what you make x

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  8. Love that dress! I really need to learn how to operate a sewing machine.

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  9. I love this! I really adore tartan right now x

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  10. I love the dress! I got a sewing machine, I just need to learn how to use it ;) xxxxxxxxxx

    blog.kukee.co.uk

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  11. What a great dress, it really suits you. So impressed you made it, I'm terrible at sowing
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    Nina

    http://the-littlenomad.blogspot.com/

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  12. I love how the dress came out. You did an amazing job on it!

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  13. That dress is gorgeous, I love the fabric you chose. A faux leather version sounds amazing too!
    I've been wanting to learn how to make my own clothes for ages, must try and teach myself soon!

    Gillian x
    elevatormusik.blogspot.com

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  14. I really need to learn how to sew, I want to be able to make cute dresses like this.

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  15. You made this yourSELF? Wow! It looks SO good!

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  16. Love it! Loving tartan at the moment! x

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  17. Such a Gorge dress, its so so pretty!

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  18. YOU ARE SO CLEVER!!! Patterns scare me, they look so complicated! Love the idea of making all my own clothes out of lovely fabrics like this, but I imagine it'd all go horribly wrong for me... x

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    1. They aren't that complicated really. Sometimes I do ignore the instructions though cause they can be a bit confusing, but you can work out what to do yourself. You should give it a go with something simple first, a lot of patterns come graded with different levels, and there's tons of nice "easy" things to choose from!

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  19. Love the dress, really nice. I love using vintage patterns, I have boxes full as my grandmother used to make all my mothers clothing when she was a child/teenager. I just forever have to size them up because my mum was tiny and I'm not so tiny!

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  20. This is amazing, and even more so that you made it yourself! I absolutely love the pattern! Really suits you.x

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  21. That's such a lovely dress. I wouldn't have the patience to make my own! xo

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  22. Verrrrry niiiice! It's kinda grungy, really like it! I love the idea of making my own clothes, I can imagine this dress, if you were to do more to it, would look really cool with capped faux-leather sleeves! ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

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  23. Love love love this, but siede and leather sounds even better!

    Maria xxx

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  24. really like that dress and the fabric you chose. xx Alice Barton ♥ The Mow Way

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  26. Love the dress...what is the pattern you used?

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    1. I can't remember exactly, but it was a Project Runway one.

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