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by Joni

in 1950s,Dresses

I came across this pattern while idly browsing through Flickr a while back.

And found, much to my surprise, that Patterngate still had it in stock, and it’s my size!! Of course I bought it right away, what else was I supposed to do?

My 8 year old daughter and I are taking a train journey to Chicago to visit the American Girl store, and I just NEEDED a new dress. Particularly something that could be worn with a crinoline (those train seats are roomy!) I had a 4.5 yard chunk of one of the Windham Tea for Two prints, one of my favorite fabric lines of all time, and voila. This dress was so much easier than I thought it would be, it only took about three afternoons of dedicated sewing. I did re-jigger the bodice construction somewhat so that I could add in the red piping, because red piping makes everything better.

I could not be more thrilled with this pattern, and the dress! It came together like a dream, darts, invisible back zipper, “rush of unpressed pleats” and all. Oh! I did have to chop a good three inches off the hem, and I am five-foot-seven – it makes you wonder what kind of Amazons they were drafting patterns for, back in the day! Anyway, here are some shots of the dress by my ace photographer/8-year-old daughter.

And here I am matching my doll…

Bring on the shopping!

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Miss Crayola Creepy October 19, 2011 at 11:12 am

It is adorable!

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Catholic Bibliophagist October 19, 2011 at 11:36 am

Wow! I just love this.

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Katherine October 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I love this pattern and the fabric you used is so much fun! Great job!

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Lizzy October 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Ohh!! LOVELY!! and that piping!! you’re right it makes look it prettier. And how lucky you were to find it still in stock.

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Mary October 20, 2011 at 6:38 am

You did an amazing job making this beautiful dress. You look fabulous!

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NightingaleJen October 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

That is fabulous! Your print is just perfect, and the piping…! Great job, you look fantastic. :)

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