The Twiggy Dress

The Monthly Stitch, a collective with a monthly challenge, which I sometimes accept, had a really great theme for November. Something from a Sewing Book.

I love Sewing Books! Here’s my list. 

I have the Colette Book, sewing techniques, a book about pattern drafting, a book about copying RTW garments, a Belgian book on skirts, a Belgian book called Fabric for Dare-It-Yourselvers, two Spanish books that came with the apartment and THIS BOOK, Famous Frocks.

The book has a bit of sewing instructions in general and then come the dresses. 10 patterns with 2 variations each, that makes 20 dresses! The book set me back 20€. I say that’s a nice bargain!

Now I’m not saying that every dress in this book is my style. It totally isn’t. But the Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy (made by someone from my hometown and blogged about here), Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy definitely are my style, and maybe the Farrah Fawcett, Stevie Nicks and Madonna.
So for the challenge, I made a Twiggy.
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This is what it looks like on me:
I love this dress. It is pink wool from the Great Belgian Fabric Haul and the buttons are made of wood. The placket on the front was a bit of a bitch, but all plackets tend to be like that. At least it was a decent size instead of those tiny fiddly things on shirt sleeves…

What more can I say about the construction? Nothing. It’s pretty straight forward and easy. Oh yes, pinked seam allowances. My favourite!

I don’t have match sticks for legs like Twiggy, so I usually wear this dress with polkadot stockings and boots. And a wool cardi from Mango that I have owned for about 6 years now. It’s starting to look a bit ragged, but I still love it, so it stays.

I may already be dreaming up another dress from this book, a Marilyn for dancing…

This is my best dance move…

Taking pictures in a sleeveless dress when it’s 10ºC outside, not so much fun as you would think looking at my pictures…

So any other sewing book I should add to my Christmas wish list?

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19 thoughts on “The Twiggy Dress

  1. You look amazing! I love the colour and the tights. I burst out laughing when I saw the last picture! And I'm also admiring how well your (pinked) seams line up. It's the little things, eh

  2. I found your blog over on the Monthly Stitch and I look forward to following it now! I have this sewing book and this Twiggy dress was one I actually earmarked to sew. Your version is lovely and it's so nice to hear that the pattern and instructions seemed to be good, as sometimes you never can tell with sewing books. Love the multicoloured buttons and that last pic?? So fab!

  3. I've never seen this book before, but I agree books and magazines are better value than envelope patterns as long as you make something from them and don't just look at the pretty pictures (which I often do!). I love the buttons and especially the subtle colour of your new dress. Fabulous shape for swinging off road signs!!

  4. First of all, you found beautiful fabrics in your trip to Barcelona!!!!
    This dress is soooooo adorable, I love the fabric you chose.

  5. Thanks! Sewing books are always a bit of a gamble, so I was very diligent this time and made a muslin (this dress comes together really fast, so a muslin wasn't that much of a bother) and I liked it as is! Looking forward to seeing your version!

  6. Thanks! I absolutely love this colour pink, it's not too bold but is still very very pink… And I love reading sewing books too! I read more in them than I make anything out of them.

  7. I'm so excited that you actually made something from this book! I own this book, but haven't sewed anything from it. I've been ogling the twiggy dress, as well as the Farrah Fawcett dress, but now that I've seen you version I might kick myself in the butt and get started! Well… In January… haha!

  8. Yes, I finally got around to using this book after having it for almost 2 years in my library… But I've kicked into high gear because I'm working on the Marilyn dress right now… Good luck with yours!

  9. Cute dress! And I love the buttons! When I was younger I always dreamt about being able to sew and make my own Twiggy dress, now I'm afraid that the style won't really suit me..

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