BBQ Season

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.

• Meet the Author • Starspangledheart


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… add one

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

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  • 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)

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

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  • 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! =)

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

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  • 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!

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

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  • You’re so glamorous.

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  • Wonderful!

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  • This is such a fun dress! Love it!

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  • Absolutely beautiful! :)

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  • SO cute on so many levels!

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