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DRESS
sa   CAFTAN
sa   DRESS -- CROCHETED
sa   DRESS -- KNITTED
sa   DRESS -- WOVEN
sa   DRESS (CHILD'S)
sa   DRESS DECORATION & TRIM
sa   DRESS FORM
x   EVENING GOWN
x   GOWN
xx   CLOTHING

How to make a summer dress from gauze-type cotton fabric and lace that are dyed before sewing. Dresses pictured are made from a Vogue pattern with modifications as described in article.
AMERICAN HOME CRAFTS Spring-Summer 1978 (v.6#2) pg. 57, 97

Summer dresses sewn from scarves, panel and border prints from the diagrams furnished in article. Twelve different styles.
FAMILY CIRCLE May 19 1978 (v.91#6) pg. 116

Gown sewn of bias satin for at home wear or disco dancing.
FAMILY CIRCLE Oct 23 1978 (v.91#12) pg. 120, 158

Quilted satin bolero jacket and "instant dress" made from tube jersey gathered on elastic bands.
FAMILY CIRCLE Oct 23 1978 (v.91#12) pg. 120, 160, 162

Five party dresses to sew from diagrams and instructions in this article. (1) Sequin stretch top with long plaid taffeta skirt. (2) Scarf dress. (3) Skirt made from a lace tablecloth. (4) One-shoulder dress. (5) Stretch velour tube dress with rhinestone straps.
FAMILY CIRCLE Jan 9 1979 (v.92#1) pg. 62, 114

Floor-length gown is strapless with a ruffled bodice.
FAMILY CIRCLE Jun 26 1979 (v.92#9) pg. 73, 147

How to make a summer sundress or jumper from two aprons.
FAMILY CIRCLE Jul 17 1979 (v.92#10) pg. 18

Simple green and red holiday dresses can be cut directly from yardage without using patterns.
FAMILY CIRCLE Nov 3 1981 (v.94#15) pg. 97, 152

At home dress. One size fits all. Mid-calf length.
FAMILY CIRCLE Oct 25 1983 (v.96#15) pg. 94, 136

Plaid party dress features one bare shoulder and a large bow on the other shoulder. Made from 3 yards of wool-blend.
FAMILY CIRCLE Oct 25 1983 (v.96#15) pg. 94, 136

Tops and skirts sew up quickly. 1. Satiny black & bronze stripped skirt. 2. Jazzy metallic checkerboard skirt. 3. Graphicically gorgeous skirt. 4. Silk tunic. 5. Feather brocade dress. 6. Leopard-print gown.
FAMILY CIRCLE Jan 3 1984 (v.97#1) pg. 30

Easy-sew women's clothes use snap tapes for closure and decoration. Includes dress, blouse, robe, poncho and top.
FAMILY CIRCLE Mar 6 1984 (v.97#4) pg. 78, 102

Elegant evening dress is sewn from an old lace tablecloth.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Jul 1978 (v.187#1) pg. 140, 201

A "Sew-Fast" wardrobe all cut from one basic T-shape pattern with variations in neckline, sleeve, and hem lengths. Complete instructions for (1) Slender long gown with V-neck, (2) Wrap jacket, (3) Cowl-necked tea dress, (4) Wing-collar blouse, (5) Bloused tunic, and (6) Big wrap coat.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Jan 1979 (v.188#1) pg. 109, 194

Easy summer clothes to make. (1) Woman's wrap-and-go dress. (2) Woman's drawstring pants with deep, shaped pockets. (3) Man's shirt with full, gathered sleeves.
HANDMADE #9 Summer 1983 (v.3#2) pg. 104, 87, 89

A special dress for the Christmas holiday. A lush rose velvet dress is accented by self-cording at the waist and neckline and at the three-quarter length lace-trimmed sleeves.
HANDMADE #11 Nov-Dec 1983 (v.3#4) pg. 31, 32, 65

Taffeta dresses. (1) Woman's dress features bare shoulders and a cummerbund. (2) Girl's dress has a neck ruffle, gathered short sleeves and cummerbund.
HANDMADE #11 Nov-Dec 1983 (v.3#4) pg. 34, 93, 94

Woman's plaid taffeta floor-length gown features a closely-fitting bodice, plunging back, white lace and black velvet ribbon trim.
HANDMADE #11 Nov-Dec 1983 (v.3#4) pg. 114, 65

Drop-waist dress with scalloped sleeves, offset collar and two bands of argyle smocking down the front of the bodice.
HANDMADE #13 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 32, 52

Old fashioned dress with smocked front and back panels. Dress is free form without much shape and has sleeves that come just below the elbow.
HANDMADE #13 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 41, 58
Correction HANDMADE #15 Jul-Aug 1984 pg. 120

Strapless sundress with elastic back and three-tiered skirt. Printed bodice is over-embroidered.
HANDMADE #14 May-Jun 1984 pg. 84, 69

The Big Dress. Four styles from one pattern.
HANDMADE #15 Jul-Aug 1984 pg. 33, 47

1920's style flapper dress is made from silk and features a deft sprinkling of tiny glass beads.
HANDMADE #16 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 89, 77

Dramatic Pierrot-inspired chamise. An easy slip over dress with a bold triangle in the front and a detachable multi-colored silk ruff that ties in the back.
HANDMADE #16 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 100, 87

Woman's long-sleeved T-dress with a crocheted yoke.
HANDMADE #20 Fall 1985 pg. 26, 33

Classic 1940s cocktail dress with a square neckline has elbow-length sleeves that are pleated along the seam and puffed up with shoulder pads. The full skirt is gathered with a belt. Six-piece pattern is furnished.
HANDMADE 1/1986 pg. 40, 60

Two spring/summer dresses constructed from four basic pieces. One features a dropped waist and gathered skirt. The second features a pleated skirt. Both dresses have flutter sleeves.
HANDMADE 3/1986 pg. 19, 30

Egyptian-inspired dress is painted with textile markers in a "glass inlay" pattern.
LADIES HOME JOURNAL NEEDLE & CRAFT Spring-Summer 1978 (v.8#2) pg. 74, 109

Summer dress to make from 22 delicate handkerchiefs.
McCALLS NEEDLEWORK & CRAFTS May-Jun 1981 (v.26#3) pg. 31, 82

"Dark Shadows" dress features a shadow-quilted panel on the bodice, short sleeves, a round neckline and dropped-waist.
NEEDLE & CRAFT Apr 1989 (v.12#2) pg. 25, 65, 34

Sundresses for women and girls start with purchased tank tops. On the woman's dress, shoulder straps are replaced by a band of fabric that matches the skirt. One girl's dress has a tier of ruffles added for a skirt. A second one has an eyelet skirt and bands of gathered eyelet over the shoulders.
NEEDLE & CRAFT Jun 1989 (v.12#3) pg. 40, 33

Simple "little black dress" with long sleeves and a tapered body shape. Photos give tips on ways to accessorize it.
NEEDLE & CRAFT Oct 1989 (v.12#5) pg. 42, 36

Loose-fitting dress with square neckline, elbow-length sleves and trimmed with embroidered sunflowers.
NEEDLE & THREAD Jul-Aug 1981 (v.1#3) pg. 11

Woman's appliqued shirtdress and a matching appliqued dress for a girl.
NEEDLE & THREAD Jul-Aug 1983 (v.3#4) pg. 10, 37, 22

Smocked mother-daughter matching dresses are simple rectangles with the smocking adding shape and definition.
NEEDLE & THREAD Jul-Aug 1983 (v.3#4) pg. 11, 37, 21

Unstructured "geometric" dress is shown in both sleeveless and roll-sleeve style.
NEEDLE & THREAD Jul-Aug 1983 (v.3#4) pg. 12, 42, 25

Decorative stitchery dress. Use the decorative stitches on your sewing machine to add colorful stripes to a simple dress made from pillow ticking.
NEEDLE & THREAD Jul-Aug 1983 (v.3#4) pg. 13, 42

Woman's Ribband-trimmed dress features embroidered motifs on cuffs, collar and belt.
NEEDLE & THREAD Sep-Oct 1983 (v.3#5) pg. 12, 43, 21

Woman's easy patchwork ethnic "nomad" dress features a yoke embellished with quilt blocks. Uses only squares and rectangles for the main pieces. No snaps, zippers, or buttons required.
NEEDLE & THREAD Sep-Oct 1983 (v.3#5) pg. 13, 43, 23

Mother-daughter Sunrise dresses. Loose fitting dresses with V necks and long sleeves are made from stripped material. Shoulders are tucked along the lines of the stripes.
NEEDLE & THREAD Jan-Feb 1984 (v.4#1) pg. 11, 42

Sew a woman's long-sleeve dress with a woven yoke and yarn couching around sleeves and neck.
NEEDLE & THREAD May-Jun 1984 (v.4#3) pg. 14, 21, 45

Sew a woman's short-sleeve stripe-shirred pullover puff dress.
NEEDLE & THREAD May-Jun 1984 (v.4#3) pg. 15, 46

Sew a woman's long-sleeve prairie dress with an embroidered yoke in Alberta wild rose design, done with a punchneedle.
NEEDLE & THREAD Jul-Aug 1984 (v.4#4) pg. 12, 24, 44

Sew a woman's 3/4 sleeve patternless 1920's-style dress.
NEEDLE & THREAD May-Jun 1985 (v.5#3) pg. 13, 31, 42

Sew a woman's 3/4 sleeve, T-dress with flower applique and patchwork.
NEEDLE & THREAD Nov-Dec 1985 (v.5#4) pg. 9, 20, 40

Painted silk dress is sewn from a Vogue pattern. Article includes the instructions for painting a tulip design.
NEEDLECRAFT FOR TODAY Mar-Apr 1979 (v.2#2) pg. 15

Needlework of Mexico. Embroidered cross-stitch dress in the Oaxaca style.
NEEDLECRAFT FOR TODAY May-Jun 1979 (v.2#3) pg. 14, 50

A one-piece wrap dress with block-printed patterns on the lower skirt.
NEEDLECRAFT FOR TODAY Sep-Oct 1980 (v.3#5) pg. 21, 54

Brazilian embroidery decorates a street-length dress with roll-up sleeves, side-seam pockets, and a wrap belt.
NEEDLECRAFT FOR TODAY Jan-Feb 1982 (v.5#1) pg. 11, 26, 47

Smocked silk evening dress embellished with floral embroidery.
NEEDLECRAFT FOR TODAY Sep-Oct 1982 (v.5#5) pg. 17, 29, 48

Woman's long-sleeved applique-on-black "festival dress".
NEEDLECRAFT FOR TODAY Jul-Aug 1983 (v.6#4) pg. 19, 52, 26

Ethnic-style dress with appliqued yoke in muted fall colors. Designed for the fuller figured woman.
NEEDLECRAFT FOR TODAY Sep-Oct 1983 (v.6#5) pg. 10, 42, 23

Norwegian mother and daughter dresses are patterned after the traditional "Bunad" costume.
NEEDLECRAFT FOR TODAY Sep-Oct 1983 (v.6#5) pg. 12, 45, 26

Sew a woman's bare midriff rayon dress with short-sleeves.
NEEDLECRAFT FOR TODAY May-Jun 1984 (v.7#3) pg. 12, 40

Painted-silk clothing. Peggy Juve describes planning, fabric choice and preparation, painting, cutting and construction of a garment. Inset describes how to make a panel dress.
THREADS #12 Aug-Sep 1987 pg. 24

How to adapt a vintage dress style to a modern fit. Explains measuring the pieces of an original garment and making a rescaled pattern, sewing a prototype and tips on final fitting details.
THREADS #18 Aug-Sep 1988 pg. 38

Kiowa-style dress made from buckskin. Includes tips on strip and edge beading.
THREADS #24 Aug-Sep 1989 pg. 62

Akira on bias. Patterns and techniques from Halston's chief assistant designer of evening wear. Includes patterns for two evening gowns. (1) One-piece bias gown made of three layers of silk chiffon cut and sewn as one. (2) Basic bias shift and a spiral variation.
THREADS #37 Oct-Nov 1991 pg. 60

American haute couture. How designer Arnold Scaasi builds a gown on a custom dress form. Sketches show how to construct boning channel, apply horsehair to hems and hem a deep pleat.
THREADS #38 Dec 1991-Jan 1992 pg. 40

A strapless that stays put. An explanation of the engineering of a strapless garment and how to adjust a typical pattern. Explains preparation of the inner-layers, seams, bones and waistband of a bustier.
THREADS #46 Apr-May 1993 pg. 52

Construction secrets that helped make Hillary Rodham Clinton's inaugural ball gown a comfortable fit. (1) Cut-on sleeve gussets that frees arms to lift. (2) A-shaped insert in the back of the sheath skirt to allow freer movement. (3) Built-in "ballet bodice" foundation allows raising arms high without pulling garment out of place.
THREADS #51 Feb-Mar 1994 pg. 36

Making embroidered garments from inexpensive table linens. Suggestions on experimenting with design ideas, layout of pattern pieces and finishing techniques. (1) Sundress with a full-circle skirt is made from a round tablecloth and napkins. (2) Two-piece dress is made from a rectangular cloth.
THREADS #54 Aug-Sep 1994 pg. 62

Details to die for. Unique construction techniques for one-layer fashions in which seams and hems blend unobtrusively into the garment. Includes instructions for making the seams, for shaping using holes instead of darts and for making figure-eight tacks at seam junctions. Also includes the pattern for a bias camisole and variations that add cape sleeves, extend it to a shift dress, a flared bias dress with spiral sleeves, a bias tank top and a short draped jacket.
THREADS #64 Apr-May 1996 pg. 64

The magic ruffled pocket, an intriguing design that hides hips. A poufed pocket with piping to trim the opening is set into the hipline of a dress. Includes instructions for making a loose-fitting, one-piece dress with set-in sleeve.
THREADS #71 Jun-Jul 1997 pg. 56
Added Info THREADS #73 Oct-Nov 1997 pg. 6

How to adjust a dress pattern to eliminate gaping at a scoop neckline. Shows how to narrow a chest and to add a bust dart to a sheath dress.
THREADS #79 Oct-Nov 1998 pg. 22

How to make an endless variety of dresses from a basic T-shirt pattern.
THREADS #84 Aug-Sep 1999 pg. 35

"Happy dress" is a blend of several ethic styles, especially Japanese and Seminole Indian. Long-sleeved, empire-waist dress dress features Seminole patchwork and a woven yoke with a floral pattern.
WEAVER'S JOURNAL #31 Winter 1983-84 (v.8#3) pg. 46

Wrap-tie quickie dress in any length is sewn from one piece of knit fabric. Pattern and instructions furnished.
WOMAN'S DAY Feb 3 1978 (v.41#6) pg. 6, 100

Six gauzy seperates to sew. Patterns for tie-top skirt, peasant blouse, tunic dress, pull-on pants, camisole top, and long gathered skirt.
WOMAN'S DAY Mar 1 1978 (v.41#7) pg. 102, 121

Two-piece middy dress. Pattern furnished.
WOMAN'S DAY Aug 7 1978 (v.41#13) pg. 68, 110

Drawstring straight evening gown in panne velvet.
WOMAN'S DAY Oct 23 1978 (v.42#2) pg. 112, 154

Three dresses to sew from rectangles. Cutting diagrams and directions furnished.
WOMAN'S DAY Feb 20 1979 (v.42#6) pg. 86, 145

Three easy-to-sew summer dresses to make for under $10. Cutting diagrams and instructions furnished.
WOMAN'S DAY Jun 26 1979 (v.42#11) pg. 94

Floor-length gown is easy to sew from Qiana with one seam in the back and front gathers that attach to the tube straps.
WOMAN'S DAY Nov 1 1979 (v.43#2) pg. 77, 126

Woman's V-top jacket and twin-pleat skirt are sewn from pattern furnished with article. With center jacket seam sewn up, it becomes a two-piece dress.
WOMAN'S DAY Feb 12 1980 (v.43#6) pg. 76, 116

Pattern for eyelet top and tie-back skirt suit. Change in fabric and addition of a belt creates a dress.
WOMAN'S DAY Feb 12 1980 (v.43#6) pg. 78, 116

A trio to sew from knit fabric. No pattern required.
WOMAN'S DAY Apr 22 1980 (v.43#9) pg. 10, 126

Summer woman's clothes made from towels.
WOMAN'S DAY Jun 10 1980 (v.43#11) pg. 4, 140

Seafaring outfit for a woman is made from a man's white T-shirt fitted with a blue ruffle (skirt) and collar.
WOMAN'S DAY Jul 14 1981 (v.44#12) pg. 96, 132

Woman's "big dress" is sewn from two T-shaped pieces of broadcloth.
WOMAN'S DAY Jul 13 1982 (v.45#12) pg. 73, 148

Halter dress sewn from pastel polyester-jersey.
WOMAN'S DAY Jul 13 1982 (v.45#12) pg. 76, 150

Country clothes to sew. Includes dress/blouse, wrap skirt, tabard, skirt/petticoat.
WOMAN'S DAY Sep 1 1982 (v.45#14) pg. 72, 106

Jiffy jerseys. Large pieces of fabric and straignt seams speed up sewing a (1) batwing dress, (2) kimono coat or jacket, and (3) pull-on skirt.
WOMAN'S DAY Nov 16 1982 (v.46#3) pg. 100, 145

Sew yourself a romantic "country" dress. Three variations shown.
WOMAN'S DAY Mar 8 1983 (v.46#7) pg. 44, 173

Cool-and-easy shirt dresses are simply rectangles you cut to the length you like, stitch together, and fasten with snap tape.
WOMAN'S DAY Apr 26 1983 (v.46#9) pg. 46, 157

Three lacy designer dresses to make. (1) Nostalgic smock dress. (2) Dainty shift. (3) Airy shirtdress.
WOMAN'S DAY Jun 7 1983 (v.46#11) pg. 104, 167

Three great looks from two fabric rectangles and no pattern. Wear as a halter dress, strapless dress or a skirt with its own belt.
WOMAN'S DAY Apr 24 1984 (v.47#9) pg. 24