In the Garden in my Garden Party Dress

by EileensBasement on June 21, 2012 · 29 comments

in 1960s

Hi folks! I wanted to post and show off my latest vintage creation. I used the Butterick Repro 5748 for the bodice

and I used vintage Simplicity 4252 for the skirt. I wanted a more fitted skirt because my fabric, which I bought thinking was a regular cotton (that’ll teach me to read the full description before I hit “buy it now!”), is more of a heavy jacquard. This type of fabric makes for great structured pencil skirts.

Simplicity 4252

And here’s my finished dress!

As you can see, I opted to eschew the bow on the front of the dress. I like it this way as I thought it was a little too sweet having it in the front. I like to think of this dress like a mullet haircut; business in the front and party in the back!

Here’s a better shot of the back of the dress and the gorgeous print of the fabric.

This fabric was not your standard border print as I’d thought. It’s hard to describe but half the fabric was patterned one way, with more of the white and the roses, and then the other half was printed with more roses and less white. I had to have a plan in place before I did any cutting at all. I really wanted to play with the directional nature of this print, so I have the roses on the bodice climbing up from the waist, and the roses on the skirt “growing” down from the waist. I like this treatment as is draws the eye to areas of my body that I like and camouflages those I’m not as fond of :)

Finally, for all you vintage loving peeps out there, the final touch on this dress was my self fabric belt. I had this old kit from the sixties in my stash and was waiting for just the right dress to use it with. I think I did right by using it on this one!

I must say I’m pretty proud of myself. I’ll bet you that this is one I’ll wear into the office and people will not know that I made it. I’m on the lookout for the perfect little blue or pale green cardigan to pair with it to make it office appropriate! Thanks for letting me share!

Eileen

 

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Katherine June 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

You’re right to be proud of this! Love it! The fabric placement works beautifully :D

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Eileen June 23, 2012 at 8:51 am

Thank you, I got the idea from a vintage pattern envelope. How fitting huh?

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Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns June 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm

It is so beautiful! I love the fabric you picked out, and I’m sure you’ll find tons of opportunities to wear it. : )

Happy sewing!

Katrina

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Eileen June 23, 2012 at 8:51 am

Thanks! I can’t wait to find an opportunity. Maybe I should throw my own garden party?

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Foster June 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I absolutely love that fabric. What a beautiful dress!

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Eileen June 23, 2012 at 8:52 am

Thanks so much for saying so!

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Miss Ava Kitten June 22, 2012 at 3:19 am

Im seriously going to have to stop looking at all the beautiful things people are making – jealous is not the word – I can never find fabric as nice as this – you look fabulous/stylish/adorable

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Eileen June 23, 2012 at 8:53 am

This fabric find was a total fluke. I’m subscribed to Fabric Mart Fabrics on FB, and they posted it as a daily deal so I swooped in there right away and bought five yards before I even read the description! Be vigilant. Your perfect fabric is out there!

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Butterfly June 22, 2012 at 3:24 am

You can really be proud of that dress! Is that the same fabric Gertie used?

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Eileen June 23, 2012 at 8:54 am

Thank you. Yes ma’am, I believe this is the same fabric that Gertie and another blogger have used. I think we all snapped it up in the same sale because I bought it a few months ago.

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Marie June 22, 2012 at 6:16 am

This is gorgeous!!!

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Eileen June 23, 2012 at 8:54 am

Thanks!

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The Dainty Dolls House June 22, 2012 at 6:23 am

The dress is stunning, just love that fabric!! xx

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Eileen June 23, 2012 at 8:54 am

Thank you, I love this fabric too!

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Shanni Loves June 22, 2012 at 7:47 am

It’s beautiful!!

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Heather Lou June 22, 2012 at 8:45 am

This is BEAUTIFUL! I just made a dress using the same Butte rick pattern but I I used the skirt – it’s a good one. Love your Frankenmash here and that fabric is to die for.

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Eileen June 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

Ah, I’ll have to check your version out! I want to make it again with the proper skirt this time. This is a case of the fabric dictating the pattern choice!

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Sue June 22, 2012 at 9:02 am

This is simply lovely. I love the bow and the belt looks great!
I’m kicking myself for not snapping up that fabric when I saw it online! Every dress I’ve seen made from it is stunning.

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Eileen June 23, 2012 at 8:56 am

Oh no :( You know, anytime I kick myself for not buying something, I just think that they come out with gorgeous fabrics on a daily basis and something better is out there for me.

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karen June 22, 2012 at 9:11 am

the dress is wonderful and the fabric choice is FABULOUS! It is so hard to choose the right fabric for a pattern, and so few do it well. You are obviously very good at it – this is really stunning and you look terrific in it too.

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Eileen June 23, 2012 at 8:57 am

Ha! Thank you so much for saying so. I worry endlessly over pairings so I’m glad you say that my time spent agonizing is paying off. I do like this pairing a lot!

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karen June 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm

it’s terrific – can’t wait to see more!

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Emily June 22, 2012 at 9:32 am

Beautiful! Beautiful!! You did a great job. I love it.

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Armstrongs Vintage Clothing June 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

Gorgeous! What a beautiful fabric!

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Lizzy June 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Just WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a great dress, the fabric is beautiful, you did a great job, you look great!

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Tina June 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Really, really beautiful dress and fabric!!!

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EmSewCrazy June 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Every time I see this fabric it is stunning! You did do a beautiful job on the dress and fitting your body!

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Eileen June 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Thank you so much for saying so! I’m pretty pleased with the fit myself!

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Elisabeth June 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Fantastic dress & belt, wonderful job Eileen! That fabric is just darling! This is the third dress I’ve seen made from it. I just have to find it and buy some to make my own!!!

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