1950s | Dresses | Pattern Sizing | Vintage Sewing

The dress that nearly wasn’t

July 27, 2013
spotty rose dress

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!

More details and photos over at ooobop!




  1. 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…

  2. 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!

    1. 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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