Vintage Sewing

Wishful Thinking Dress

February 22, 2010

Hello! It has been ages since I posted on Sew Retro…mainly because I have been a lazy slacker and haven’t photographed any of my fall/winter projects until now. Ah well. I guess we are all allowed a little lazy slacker time, right?
Down in Georgia, we have had an unusually cold winter. This has left my usually winter-loving self feeling a bit fidgety and anxious for spring and flowers and warmth. Since I can’t do anything about the weather, I have been gathering patterns, buying fabric, and putting together lovely spring dresses.
I finished this particular dress last night. It is a copy of a vintage dress–1950’s–I used to own. The original dress fit me like a glove, but had very unflattering pin tucks all down the top half of the skirt (think rib knit effect–blah). So I took the dress apart, made a pattern from the pieces, and viola!

The dress is made of stretch cotton poplin (find it here), and the skirt lining of muslin and lace. I used some vintage purple buttons that I found at an estate sale awhile back. Absolutely love the dress, and plan on making another in the near future!
This pocket is not very practical, but I felt that it needed to be there.


Lace is so girly. 🙂

  1. Fabulous work Bess! Fondly remember wearing shirtwaist dresses in the late 50s through the early 1960s. Bravo to you for taking apart and creating a pattern. It fits great and you look wonderful in the dress.

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