A Plaid Peony

by ShanniLoves on November 3, 2012 · 8 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

I recently finished Colette’s Peony and I love the vintage vibe this dress has.

I always love it when I put on a dress and my husband says. “Where you going to wear that?”  I say, “Work, why? Is it not work attire?” He says, “Well yeah, you just looked like you stepped out of the 50′s though.”  Mission accomplished!

I added a peter pan collar to this which probably adds to the 50′ish vibe.  I used Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing to draft my own.  Gertie’s book is just awesome!  Get it if you haven’t already!  Check out all the dress details and more pictures on my blog.

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Katherine November 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Supercute. I love it.


Maria Olshin November 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Your dress is charming and you did a pretty nice job of matching the plaid. I think the peter pan collar was brilliant! Wear it with pride. (I’m old enough to remember the 1950s, and I say, “Good Work!”)


trish November 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm

love it with the peter pan collar! totally cute and definitely office-worthy.


Jessamyn November 4, 2012 at 8:11 am

Your collar drafting was very successful! The back has an especially nice curve which can be tricky. You’re reminding me that I bought some beautiful wools awhile back with the idea of warm, stylish, ’50s-ish dresses…thanks for a bit of inspiration!


EmSewCrazy November 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Very cute! Love the plaid!


Marie November 6, 2012 at 4:52 am

Gorgeous version of this dress, the peter pan collar adds such a cute detail!


Bolsome November 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I want a dress like this for long but it is impossible to buy it! I think I’ll follow your example and make it myself. :D
Very pretty.


Mermaids Purse November 7, 2012 at 12:06 am

I love it too, and if I had a real job, I’d totally wear it!

I’m inspired to whip something like this up for winter.


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