BBQ Season

by Starspangledheart on May 10, 2013 · 12 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

I just adore the summer! And when I saw this cute retro 50s inspired BBQ print fabric, I just had to have it!

Fabric: quilting cotton ($5/yd)
Pattern: Vintage Vogue 2960
Year: 1954
Notions: black piping, covered buttons
Hours to complete: 12
First worn: May 2012
Total cost: $30

I’ve seen quite a few versions of this dress around but most are on less chesty gals. If you need an FBA, you’ll definitely want to do a muslin since the underbust seam makes the fitting a bit more difficult. This was my first time sewing with a vintage Vogue reprint and it was much less intimidating than I thought it would be.

Loads more photos, and detailed construction notes over on the blog.

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I'm a 20 something Chemistry professor who loves the fashions of the 30s, 40s and 50s. I'm also completely obsessed with Downton Abbey. Aside from sewing, I also love to knit, scrapbook and read.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Joni May 10, 2013 at 8:44 am

Oh my WORD, now that is a great dress. I can’t resist a fun novelty cotton, they make the most amazing vintage dresses!


Evie May 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

That’s a great dress, and it fits you perfectly! Well done! (which I guess could be a bbq pun, but was not intended as such haha)


Rachel May 10, 2013 at 10:44 am

So pretty. I have a cotton summer dress like this on my to-sew list for summer!


Brooke May 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Your fabric is the CUTEST! (I’m a sucker for novelty prints.) Love the style lines of the dress you chose to make with your fabric! It’s so fun and pretty! =)


Katherine May 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Gorgeous dress. This is the perfect style for you – you look amazing!


EmSewCrazy May 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

How fun! From afar you can’t tell what the print is, it just looks great. Then it gets fun as you get closer! It looks great on you!


Jeannie Watt May 10, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Wonderful dress and a perfect fit. Excellent work! You look great.


mariebayarea May 10, 2013 at 11:08 pm

You’re so glamorous.


Draped in Cloudlets May 11, 2013 at 8:15 am



Inkdork May 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm

This is such a fun dress! Love it!


Bessie M. May 12, 2013 at 8:42 am

Absolutely beautiful! :)


Bex May 12, 2013 at 9:34 pm

SO cute on so many levels!


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