The “Is it Spring Yet?” Dress

by Lauren on February 6, 2012 · 9 comments

in 1930s,Dresses

I just finished up my first vintage sewing project of the year :)

I made this dress using a pattern from 1938, Hollywood 1558.  I made this using a new lightweight cotton print with white cotton pique collar and cuffs, and vintage buttons and buckle.  This pattern was really clever in that it was designed for fabric to be cut on the grain, crossgrain, and bias, in order to play with stripe direction.  I made this in a button up style, though the original pattern had an option for a zip front shirtwaist as well.  It was a fun project, but cutting was a bit tedious!

More info and pics on my blog, Wearing History.


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Camelia Crinoline February 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

It’s so pretty. I love the colours and the chevron effect.


Jill February 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm

That is gorgeous. I can’t believe you got all those stripes to cooperate. Well done!


Anna February 7, 2012 at 4:12 am

Wow, that’s just STUNNING! Well done.


Ginny February 7, 2012 at 5:28 am

That’s really lovely! And so cleverly cut- the collar shaping matches the fabric stripes perfectly. Love it :)


Nathalie February 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

Fabulous. The cutting may have been a pain but it was worth it as the stripes all fall beautifully, especially around the collar!


Lizzy February 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

WOW! I just love it! great job!


Jade February 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I love the fabric. Wonderful job. It looks great and fits you perfectly.


Eva February 9, 2012 at 2:23 am

That is one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen – love the stripes, love the collar.


Le N'aiguillon April 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Just beautiful!


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