Non-traditional Nautical

by Starspangledheart on May 24, 2013 · 8 comments

in 1940s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

I just love nautical things! I love it even more when it’s in a non-traditional color scheme.

Tada! I love wearing coral! So fun!

I used Simplicity 2801 c. 1949 with a combo of the cuff from view 1 and the pockets from view 2. (Because what dress can’t be improved with pockets?)

Initially, I had planned on a solid dress with no trim but it was just too much coral. So out came the nautical braid and a nice white belt to break up the dress a bit.

It was a lot of work getting the trim to be straight and even but it was so worth it! More photos here.

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Michelle May 24, 2013 at 9:30 am

I’m obsessed with coral this season. :-D The white piping details are really a fantastic addition to this dress. They make it extra special.


Jennifer May 24, 2013 at 11:31 am

Wow! You did an amazing job! I love the color. The whole dress really flatters you!


Inkdork May 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

This is beautiful!


Joni May 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Oh law, that is perfection.


Katherine May 24, 2013 at 1:15 pm

The sleeves! You did a fabulous job, as usual. It would have been so easy to make this in navy but the coral was inspired.


Jenni May 25, 2013 at 7:20 am

The trim you chose is perfect, and I love nautical touches! Super cute!


Eva May 26, 2013 at 1:45 am

Very, very lovely.


Claire May 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm

This is lovely!


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