Sewing Vintage: The Flirty Day Dress

with Laura Nash

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Master vintage sewing techniques and design details as you create a classic dress that's customized to complement your figure. Read More…

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Class Description

Learn to sew vintage-style garments and make a day dress complete with 1950's-era details. Vintage sewing expert Laura Nash guides you through pattern preparation and personalized bust and length alterations. Laura will be there every step of the way as you construct your timeless bodice with a lining, gathered sleeves and a contrasting trim. Then, sew your flared skirt with patch pockets, and gather it into your bodice before adding a waist stay and lapped zipper. Hand-finish your skirt in retro fashion by easing in the wide circle skirt hem in one simple step. As a bonus, you'll learn to create a custom petticoat that gives your skirt perfect vintage flair.

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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Meet Laura Nash

  • Meet Laura and start to think about fabric choices for your Tia dress.


Lesson 2. Pattern Prep

  • Learn how to prepare your pattern by choosing a size, adjusting the bust and adjusting the length to tailor your dress perfectly.


Lesson 3. Cutting

  • Get started on your vintage dress with cutting, pinning and marking your fabric. Then work on checking the bodice fit.


Lesson 4. Preassembly & Bodice

  • Start to pre-assemble your dress and begin to sew your bodice. Sew the patch pocket and the yoke, along with the bodice trim.


Lesson 5. Bodice Finishing & Skirt

  • Finish your bodice and start sewing your skirt! Sew the side seams, secure the waist and create a waist stay to ensure long lasting comfort.


Lesson 6. Lapped Zipper

  • Install your zipper and learn vintage techniques to create a comfortable closure. Learn how to baste, add stabilizer and topstitch your zipper.


Lesson 7. Sleeves & Hem

  • Work on your sleeves and hem using a variety of techniques, including attaching hem tape and the modified blanket stitch.


Lesson 8. Making a Petticoat

  • Create a fabulous petticoat for your dress without using any pattern at all! Learn about adding multiple ruffles and how to construct a petticoat that will add a little flair to your dress.

"I really enjoyed watching this instructor taking the time to explain what she is doing and why. It is one thing just to read instructions but being able to do the steps along with the instructor really gives clarity to some of the trickier steps. I also like the fact that you do all the prep work at the very beginning which helps putting the dress together faster. Highly recommend this class and this instructor,"
- Cindi Klemm

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Included with this class:

The Tia Dress Pattern by Sew Chic. more info

The Tia Dress Pattern by Sew Chic

The Tia Dress Pattern by Sew Chic

This dress has it all: fitted, full, fun and flirty! The close fitting and fully lined bodice has princess seams over the bust, zipper side closure, separate midriff and shoulder and gathered cap sleeve. The flared skirt, gathered at the waist, provides a beautiful feminine silhouette. The contrast trim on bodice, hem, and patch pockets are taken from purchased bias binding, and can really play up the colors in your fashion fabric.

Price: $0.00 (included with purchase), Retail: $18.95

SIZE 2 4 6 8 10
Bust 32in (81cm) 33in (84cm) 34in (86cm) 35in (89cm) 36 1/2in (93cm)
Waist 25in (64cm) 26in (66cm) 27in (69cm) 28in (71cm) 29 1/2in (75cm)
Hip 35n (89cm) 36in (91cm) 37in (94cm) 38in (97cm) 39 1/2in (100cm)
SIZE 12 14 16 18
Bust 38in (97cm) 40in (102cm) 42in (107cm) 45in (114cm)
Waist 31in (79cm) 33in (84cm) 35in (89cm) 38in (97cm)
Hip 41n (104cm) 43in (109cm) 45in (114cm) 48in (122cm)

This pattern will be shipped directly to you by the Sew Chic Pattern Company. Please allow 14 business days for U.S. shipments (please allow extra time for international shipments).

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  • A free pattern included with purchase of the class! 
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