My first summer dress of 2013

by ooobop on April 15, 2013 · 22 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Modern Patterns,Vintage Sewing

vintage style rockabilly dressI used the bodice section from Simplicity 2442 for this dress but omitted the rouched layer on the midriff. The fabric was far too busy to add any more detail! The midriff really does give a flattering shape. It’s one of my favourite vintage-style features. The straps on this pattern curve inwards to create a sweetheart style neckline and crossover at the back which is a lovely feature too. A 50′s  rockabillyesque, vintage style tea dress was what I was after and I think it pretty much fits that bill.

crossover straps on vintage style dress

I didn’t really like the suggested style of the skirt pattern so I created my own dirndl skirt. It is very full with a 3 metre hem! I dutifully hand-hemmed it too!

vintage style floral dress

With very special thanks to my mister for taking the photos. For more of the same and some more details please hop over to ooobop!

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Evie April 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm

The dress is gorgeous and you are absolutely adorable!!

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ooobop April 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Thank you Evie *blush, blush*!

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Sara Davies April 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Your dress is beautiful! You look fantastic in it :)

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ooobop! April 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Thank you Sara :-)

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tanya maile April 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Absolutely smashing!

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ooobop! April 18, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Thank you Tanya :-)

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Hanne April 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Amazing! You look stunning!
I love the fabric.

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ooobop! April 18, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Thank you Hanne. I love the fabric too. I’ve been told that a turquoise version exists too. Sounds yummy!

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The Sew Convert April 15, 2013 at 9:38 pm

You look adorable and the dress is so pretty and fun!

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ooobop! April 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Thank you. It does feel fun to wear!

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lunefantasy April 16, 2013 at 12:51 am

so lovely and gorgeous !

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ooobop! April 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Thank you so much :-)

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SueC April 16, 2013 at 5:58 am

What a pretty dress and you look so gorgeous. And love your glasses too!

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ooobop! April 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Thank you Sue. Recently got those glasses from RetroPeepers! Great frames on there :-)

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Melody April 16, 2013 at 8:22 am

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Such a perfect summer dress on such a perfect person!

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Anthea April 16, 2013 at 11:10 am

Wow, love the dress!

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ooobop! April 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Thank you Anthea :-)

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mariebayarea April 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I die!

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ooobop! April 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm

lol! I hope in a good way! :-)

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Linda Kennedy April 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Your dress is gorgeous, well done. Love the “photo shoot” too, brilliant!

Linda xx

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ooobop! April 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Thank you so much Linda. I have a very obliging boyf who is very handy with a camera!

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Stephanie Anderson May 1, 2013 at 9:35 am

You captured the look of rockabilly clothing and a “50′s rockabillyesque, vintage style tea dress” perfectly! Love it!

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