The dress that nearly wasn’t

by ooobop

in 1950s,Dresses,Pattern Sizing,Vintage Sewing

spotty rose dressI’m on a roll with summer sewing, spurred on by the amazing heatwave we are experiencing in the UK. These style dresses are so easy to whip up, especially now that I’ve mastered the fitting on a princess seam bodice. This is the 4th dress I’ve made using this bodice pattern but the only one that I would say fits properly.

spotty rose dress

I’ve only just got used to wearing full skirts but I love the 1950s vibe this style has. And its great for accessorising with a pair of crazy, pink, furry, leopard-print shoes!

spotty rose dress on the step

It nearly wasn’t a real dress as I didn’t like the fabric. I only intended it to be a toile before I cut my special fabric. But when I saw how it looked I decided it was for keeps after all!

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EmSewCrazy July 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

You look fabulous in in! Love it with those shoes. These are SO nice for summer!

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ooobop July 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Thank you Em. Love playing dress-up! :-)

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MrsSewandSew July 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Love it!!!

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ooobop July 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Thank you :-)

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Inkdork July 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm

How funny you say that! My first thought when I was it was how wonderful the fabric is!

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ooobop July 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Thanks Inkdork. I like the design but I was being snobby about the fibre content. It’s very synthetic! :-/

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Lauriana July 28, 2013 at 2:57 am

Great dress!
Even though you say you originally didn’t like the fabric, I think its print-is-wide-stripe effect works particularly well here.
And I always love crazy heels with 50′s style dresses…

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ooobop! August 15, 2013 at 5:30 am

Thank you Lauriana. It’s grown on me more since it dries in a flash when it comes out the washing machine!

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mariebayarea July 28, 2013 at 3:24 am

Great dress and shoes!

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ooobop! August 15, 2013 at 5:31 am

Thank you :)

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Karen July 28, 2013 at 5:38 am

Love he dress and hair

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Karen July 28, 2013 at 5:38 am

Meant to say the dress

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Sassy T July 28, 2013 at 5:54 am

Absolutely fab and perfect for the heatwave we have been having in the UK. https://www.facebook.com/

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ooobop! August 15, 2013 at 5:31 am

Thanks Sassy T. Have liked your page!

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Lorena July 28, 2013 at 6:04 am

Love the look!

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ooobop! August 15, 2013 at 5:32 am

Thanks Lorena :-)

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savagespider July 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Love it! Perfect print placement!

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ooobop! August 15, 2013 at 5:32 am

Thank you savagespider :-)

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ksgentry July 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm

The placement of the print made the dress. Beautiful look!

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ooobop! August 15, 2013 at 5:33 am

Thank you Ksgentry :-)

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Becky Culbertson August 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm

The dress is perfectly charming! And the fit is fabulous! I have the same problem in fitting, and I get such conflicting information about what pattern size to purchase. What body measurement did you go by to choose what size to start with? Thanks for any help!

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ooobop! August 15, 2013 at 5:35 am

I don’t go by ‘standard sizes’ any more. They differ so much. I started with upper bust measurement which was effectively a size 10 but I am not a size 10 bust so I did a full bust adjustment, adding 1″ each side. Then increased the waist at the side seams by about 3 inches as I havent been a size 10 on the waist for a very long time!! The hips are free because the skirt is so full. Hope that helps some :-)

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BobbinBombshell August 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

What a lovely print! Great job!

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ooobop! August 15, 2013 at 5:36 am

Thank you BB x

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