Old Curtain | New Frock


It’s been a long time since I did a sewing post (mostly because the light has been so grim I’ve been putting off taking photos) but last week I made a dress and now I am finally posting I can’t think of anything much to say about it except once it was one of a pair of secondhand curtains from someone on ebay…

…and now it’s a dress!


Here are some details.

And this is the pattern I used, with a couple of adjustments – Simplicity 1080.

Version 2

I do think it’s a most lovely, cheerful, just-what-we-need-in-the-drab-days-of-February-fabric sort of dress :D

Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare


24 thoughts on “Old Curtain | New Frock

  1. Catherine Pritchard

    You’ll be on the Great British Sewing bee next! I love the pattern but can’t quite see the number in the photo. Could you send it me please? Is the dress lined? It looks a nice easy shape that would suit lots of people. Maybe I’ll give it a go.


  2. Carol

    You have a great eye. I don’t much like the dresses on the pattern front, but your’s does not look like THEIRS at all. I think it’s so cool that you saw those curtains and envisioned them as a new dress. It’s beautiful.
    Happy Valentine’s Day.
    xx, Carol


  3. Sandra :)

    Oh my goodness Janine – it’s beautiful! So springy and cheerful – and I can’t even tell you how much I love that it’s made from curtains – HA!! Like a few others have said – the originals in the pattern aren’t very striking, but your version really is awesome :) The blouse version would be pretty too!


    1. Anonymous

      i have been considering buying this pattern for a few weeks……i just missed the Hobby Lobby 99 cent simplicity sale…..i shall wait till the next sale and buy it….yes yours is much
      lovelier than the pattern front….i too love to shop thrift shop for fabric..i have a stash and have used it for quilts, aprons, and now this dress…….thanks for sharing……i want to make several for the summer……i have found wonderful sheets of good quality and plan to use them also……you did a really good job on the pockets…….thanks for showing all the close ups of your work….feel free to put me on you blog list…..


  4. Benta Hickley

    Great save! And your dress is much prettier than the ones on the pattern! Funnily enough I have been making a dress out of old curtains today but I don’t think mine will be as great as yours!!!


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  6. Flashinscissors

    Wow, what a fab dress! Great fabric!
    Well done for “seeing” those curtains would make such a great dress!
    I love the dotty angel versions too – I used to follow her blog ….. but she stopped blogging! Such a shame!
    I like your blog and will be back to visit again!
    Barbara x


  7. Mary Baldwin

    I love your dress Janine. I have the pattern but hVent given it go yet. You mentioned some tweaks, I’d be interested to know what you did if you have time to say.


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