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1950’s floral dress

Hi everyone!  I recently bought this pattern and decided to give it a go in a cotton fabric I’ve had in my stash for several years.  I bought the fabric in a 2nd hand shop for the grand price of £1.  This pattern is for a 36″ bust and I’m a 34″ bust so I had to alter the size a bit.  I also needed to add 2″ to the waist measurements.

The waist fits me lovely but unfortunately even with my adjustments the top half of the dress just didn’t fit right at all.  The back was OK but the front just hung on me and you couldn’t see my bust at all!  🙁   What I did was stand in the mirror with my pins and I pinned the front whilst it was on me.  Instead of the gathered darts I altered it to have a curve right across the front but still keeping the gathers over my bust.  I took over an inch of fabric vertically from the front of the dress.  It fits me so much better and now the shape of my boobies can be seen!

I used some vintage mother of pearl buttons from my stash.  I like the fact that they are quite big.

On this photo you can just about see where I made the curve to fit.

I’m happy with this dress.  I wore it last weekend to my partners parents and his mum commented on how summery I looked 🙂




About the author: Hi, I’m an English lady living in France who loves to sew, knit and be creative!

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • Laurel July 9, 2013, 11:19 am

    Great work on the dress – it looks lovely on you!

  • Isabella July 9, 2013, 12:00 pm

    Wow, that looks great! I love the design and especially the fabric. It was really worth all the extra work.


  • Claire July 9, 2013, 1:16 pm

    Thank you! 🙂

  • Sewingthe60s July 9, 2013, 3:41 pm

    very nice! Its so simple and lovely.
    And yes, you look very summery!

  • Kay Gittins July 9, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Lovely dress – you have excelled yet again. Dad & I are very proud of you and all your creative talents….

  • mariebayarea July 10, 2013, 1:16 am

    Pretty floral print frock

  • Ami July 10, 2013, 2:44 am

    This is sooo pretty and you would never know from looking at it on you now that you had any fit issues at all! That fabric is unbelievably gorgeous!! What a bargain! 🙂

  • Honora July 10, 2013, 9:02 am


  • Francie July 10, 2013, 2:22 pm

    Beautiful dress!

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