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Make Retro Dress Garland

Make Retro Dress Garland fit for a Queen. Our village is planning a big Jubilee celebration and we’ll be including this Retro Dress Garland with all the other Bunting we’re using.

I’ve put together three versions. One with pretty vintage style dresses, one in classic red, white & blue and another Platinum Jubilee style garland in shades of purple. It’s an easy and versatile project. It’s not every day that you get to make dresses fit for a queen from your fabric stash. Enjoy.

What you’ll need:

  • favourite fabric scraps – I used retro fabrics that I’ve been collecting for a Dresden Plate quilt as I was trying to recreate a style from the early years of the Queen’s reign. Then I added some Rifle Paper Company fabrics because I couldn’t resist.
  • medium weight fusible iron on Vlieseline (Vilene)
  • teeny tiny clothes pins – I got mine from Amazon.
  • some string or cord to use as a clothesline
  • a template for the dresses

The Template

The first challenge was finding a suitable dress template. I was looking for a vintage style, but nothing too fussy.

printable dress template from

I found this simple dress outline on Pinterest. It was perfect. To get some variations I simply played around with the neckline, hemline, and the length. This allowed me to use the same pattern and get a nice variety of dresses.

neckline variations: original, square and rounded

The Interfacing

Start with the interfacing. I’ll talk you through tracing cutting and ironing. I’m using a medium weight fusible Vlieseline. I purchased mine from Amazon. Lay the Vlieseline directly over the template, shiny side down. The Vlieseline is see-through like tracing paper. Simply trace the template on the matt non-shiny side. Then cut out the shape just a bit OUTSIDE the traced line.

Next you’re going to iron the fusible interfacing to your chosen fabrics. Place the shiny (fusible side) of your vilene template onto the wrong side of your fabric. Again the see-through interfacing makes it easy fussy cut if you like. Cover with a cloth and press.

Now cut along the traced line. Cutting through both the fabric and the Vlieseline will give you a nice crisp edge. All done!

Now make some more in other fun fabrics. Soon you’ll have a whole bunch.

When you’re finished making dresses, it’s time to get the teeny tiny clothespins.

Use the tiny clothespins to attach the dresses to the cord for a clothesline. Now you can string up your clothesline someplace special.

Other variations

Doesn’t that look sweet! I’ve been having fun playing with various colourways. This red, white and blue is a classic.

And finally some people are going for a purple theme to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Whenever and where ever you celebrate. Happy Jubilee! We hope you’ll enjoy making these Retro Dress Garlands in all your favourite fabrics!

If you’re a fan of garlands and bunting, we’ve got more! Follow these links to see our Baby Bunting tutorial .

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