The Picnic Dress: Simplicity 3965

by Archive from Blogger on November 9, 2010 · 11 comments

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Hello everyone! I just finished a delightfully feminine 1950′s dress, nicknamed ‘The Picnic Dress.’ I was inspired by a dress Betty Draper wore on Mad Men. The fabric is a vintage floral acetate print, and the pattern is vintage as well.
Here’s the original pattern and fabric:And here’s my finished dress!
For this dress, I made a waist stay, and hand-picked the zipper. Detailed tutorials for both techniques are on my blog so you can use them in your next retro dress project!

For more on the Picnic Dress, check out my blog here. Or if you just want to see my photos, stop by my Flickr account. Thanks for stopping by!

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Sarah November 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm

It's so beautiful, Tasia! Well done. :)


Nathalie November 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm

That is so pretty. Love it!


Sew Country Chick November 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I HAVE to make that. It loks great on you.


Anonymous November 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I LOVE THIS DRESS!!!!!! :) :) :)


Eleen Fashions November 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm

So cute! Love the floral. Fantastic job!!!


tammyO. November 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

so lovely! looks great on you!


Anonymous November 11, 2010 at 12:03 am

i keep coming back and I do have to say I love this dress it si so … spring.


When Ladies Dressed November 11, 2010 at 11:34 am

What a pretty and feminine dress! You picked the perfect match of dress and fabric!


One Second Needle November 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I enjoyed this post about the 1950's picnic dress. You must pleased with your finished result. The pictures were great! Thanks for the post!


Maaike January 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

I have to make that dress!! I love it. The only problem is: I live in the Netherlands and I hust can't seem to get a old on this pattern :( Do you have some tips on site's were they might have it?

It's so pretty :D


Sofia April 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm

this is gorgeous, like a dream!


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