Tested Hacks and Tips for Sewing Vintage Dresses
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  • Posted February 16, 2016
Tested Hacks and Tips for Sewing Vintage Dresses

How to Get Started Sewing Vintage Dresses

How to Get Started Sewing Vintage Dresses

We’ve seen a lot of them from boutique shops and at some point fashion runways, and somehow those dainty vintage dresses got us wondering if it’s actually possible to sew a similar design ourselves. The first time I crushed on a vintage dress from a local shop here, I immediately took out my Vogue sewing pattern to give it a try. Apparently, sewing vintage designs are not as easy as I thought. They are all about precision, and some of the terms can also be so vintage, making it a challenge to follow for a modern sewing hobbyist like me.

Along the way, I have eventually learned to perfect the sewing style to achieve a classy vintage dress.

Here are some of the best sewing hacks I learned through the years of trying out vintage dresses:

  • Choose patterns that are ’&vintage-inspired’

Instead of going all the way with a vintage pattern, which may have terms and directions that are harder to understand, go for the vintage-inspired patterns as these are dresses that you may already be more familiar with.

  • Decide on the dress silhouette you want

As you may have already noticed, vintage dresses are highly strong on silhouettes and this can be a tricky part in the success of your sewing project. Whether you are planning to sew for yourself or for someone else, it’s important to zero in on the dress type that you want, and this should make the whole pattern selection a lot easier.

  • Choose a comfortable fabric

One of the best traits of a vintage dress is how comfortable they look. Fortunately, they are also really comfortable to wear as long as you pick the right fabric. Since most vintage dresses have a specific structure, you may be limited in the fabric choices. In this case, your best option is to go for either brocade or cotton fabric. Both types are breathable, while also easier to structure.


Kathy is fashion and lifestyle writer who has recently earned interest in sewing her own clothes. Writing for Sewing Ideas gives her another avenue to express her experiences and learning in her sewing journey.

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