Salvaged dress completed!

by Joni on September 13, 2012 · 13 comments

in 1950s,Children,Dresses

The mouse disease dress is completed! I suppose I should have shown you the pattern on my previous post, so you’d know why it was so important to me to salvage it.

Cute, isn’t it? The material is actually a vintage bed sheet from a thrift store – I love sewing with bed sheets, especially poly-cotton percale because it makes a dress you rarely have to iron! This one had a muslin-type weave, which makes for an interesting texture. I actually salvaged all of the bits I used for this dress – lining material cut from a length of muslin I used to use as photo backdrops, and vintage buttons from another dress of mine that sadly got irreversibly stained.

I let Betsy choose the style she wanted – she chose no collar, no waist sash, and a bow at the neckline. Since I dispensed with the collar I decided to line the bodice instead of facing – I’d have sleeve facings to contend with as well as the neckline, and kimono sleeve facings never lay right in my experience (unless you tack them down by hand – who wants to do that?) Lining it was incredibly quick and easy – I’ll always do it that way in the future.

I think B. was right on with her embellishment choices. It looks similar to the one on the pattern envelope, but it’s a bit less twee and a bit more sophisticated – not that there’s anything wrong with dainty little collars, but she’s nine-and-a-half and wants to look mature! As it is, this looks like something I’d make for myself, if maybe in a different print.

She’s even got the ‘vintage-pattern-haughty-lady pose’ down pat – the girl just needs an invisible chair or something to lean on. ;-) I am so proud!

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Jessamyn September 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Great Scott, it’s the daughter Betty Draper wishes she had! Seriously, that is a great dress and your model is working it like crazy.


Kelsey September 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

I thought the same thing!


sewinghappyplace September 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm

A-dorable! It would have been ashamed to let the mouse win.


WendyBee September 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Absolutely lovely!


Bridget D September 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

So adorable! She looks like such a little lady!


Caitlin September 13, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Gorgeous girl with great taste and a very skilled mother!


Foster September 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

Darling, darling, darling!


Debbie September 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

I love the way those sleeves lay. I am so drawn to the kimono sleeves and they never seem to work for me. Very nice work!


Lizzy September 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Beautiful! and yes, I agree, she looks like little Betty Draper!


Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns September 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm

So cute! I love the flower print, and gathered skirts are always so charming on little girls. You’d better be prepared to do a lot more sewing in years to come – just wait till she hits the teens!


Joni September 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm

No kidding! But if she doesn’t let me make her at least one vintage formal dress, I’m disowning her. ;)


Nathalie September 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm

What a gorgeous dress. The bow really finishes off the look, giving it a touch of sophistication.

And of course, beautifully modelled too!


EmSewCrazy September 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

How fun! Glad you made it through the mouse disease and turned out such a beautiful dress! Your daughter looks great too!


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