Sunny Floral Dress

by MelissaO on June 3, 2013 · 6 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing


Hi again! I just wanted to share this dress I made last week. If you couldn’t tell, I made it from a vintage sheet.  The pattern I used is shown below, Advance 9209. The pattern is actually for a pinafore to be worn over a nightgown, so I made a few little tweaks to make it work as a sundress- adding more buttons and making the pockets a little smaller.

I made my own bias tape for the first time for the project and I’m amazed at how easy it actually is! I also learned how to use my sewing machine’s buttonhole foot for the first time (embarrassingly, I’ve had it for like 8 years!) and I think it just changed my life!

I have more pictures and info over on my blog, Scavenger Hunt, if you’d like to pop over and take a look!


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Anne June 3, 2013 at 7:46 am

What a wonderful dress! I love all the yellow floral for summer. Aren’t cotton sundresses the bomb? Of course, I live in Florida, so I’m a bit swayed by the climate…I’m so glad you mentioned that bias tape was pretty easy. I’m looking at making yards and yards of it for an upcoming project–I’m not quite as intimidated now!


Bea June 3, 2013 at 7:50 am

Looooovely!! Yellow is such a wonderful colour that instantly cheers you up. I love it and it suits you beautifully. I bet in that dress you would brighten up the dullest day. Great work.


Sewingthe60s June 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Fabulous! that fabric looks so cheerful!


mariebayarea June 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Perfect summer sundress


Patrice June 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

I don’t understand the pinafore/nightgown concept, but it made a really nice dress!


helen pauley June 8, 2013 at 6:08 am

Awesome dress! It fits you well and you look gorgeous. I love too that you made it from a sheet. How creative!


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