Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 1010 Sundress 1953

June 17, 2011
This was a fairly simple and straightforward pattern for me until it came to the zipper. Most vintage dresses have side zippers and they really are a nice touch and practically invisible. I’m not always the neatest when it comes to zippers. I have to admit when I was in design school a million years ago that I used to actually pay the dry cleaner to install them for me! I wasn’t exactly a stellar design student in those days, being more interested in going out dancing at night. How I dragged myself weary and bleary eyed to class, many a time. I wish I could do it over again! 

I used a border print cotton fabric I bought in the downtown LA garment district for only two dollars a yard. I may spend a fortune on gas to get there but it’s so worth it! 
The pattern was a tiny bit big but I didn’t notice it in my fitting and I already sewed the lining in so I’ll have to make a self fabric belt which is on my to do list.
To learn more about my shameful zipper anxiety visit me at Sew Country Chick.
I also have a nice little giveaway going on in my previous post!
Have a great weekend!

  1. I love the style (and print)of the dress! You're not the only one, my mom ended up doing my zippers for me for my design class in HS!

  2. You score 100 on the print for the pattern. Bring back memories with this style cause it lasted after '53 which is why I remember it. Girls worn those style dresses for a long time.

  3. Thanks everyone! I have since taken the dress apatat the bodice to refit it since it was a little big.

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