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I had planned on making this lovely dress for springtime….but naturally life got in the way and I just completed it a couple of weeks ago instead. I used a wonderful vintage, seafoam green swiss-dot 100% cotton fabric (that’s a lot for one sentence!). It was very simple to work with and now I’ve got a lovely summer dress for those hot (ha!) Seattle days.  Plus: shoulder darts! I always get excited when I get to work with them…as they make setting in sleeves a dream. They also look very period accurate!

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About the author: I’m a vegan vintage enthusiast with a love for sewing from vintage patterns (30’s-40’s). I’m also a wife, a UW alumni in biology/ecology, and lover of food, good beer & cocktails.

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  • Veronica Lewis July 21, 2013, 3:16 pm

    Love the dress, really nice job. The material really works well with that pattern. I also love the hair. Do you have tutorials for that style?

    • Ruby June July 22, 2013, 10:39 am

      Thank you! I plan on doing a few video tutorials in the future, and I will for sure include one on this style. It should be up on my blog within a couple of months!

  • Rebecca July 21, 2013, 3:36 pm

    Great work on this gorgeous, summery, dress! Those buttons are just darling and really fit nicely with the dotted swiss. Are they vintage as well?

    • Ruby June July 22, 2013, 10:40 am

      Thank you! These buttons were actually picked out by my husband when I was buying thread at a fabric shop. They are tiny white roses and very cute.

  • Katherine July 21, 2013, 4:21 pm

    What a beautiful pattern! I’ve got to keep my eye out for this one. I love your fabric choice – well done!

  • Joanna July 21, 2013, 5:34 pm

    Oh you did such a marvelous job! If this were my creation, I’d be wearing it everyday for a week:) Bravo!

  • BobbinBombshell July 21, 2013, 6:28 pm

    Nice job! Love the color and you look fantastic!

  • girliefrank July 21, 2013, 7:43 pm

    Beautiful work! It looks absolutely lovely on you.

  • Jo July 22, 2013, 3:25 am

    Looks stunning! Looks very true to the original too with the fabric you have used, which I love. Great job (:

  • Jeanne July 22, 2013, 4:08 am

    lovely!

  • Reading Goddess July 22, 2013, 8:31 am

    You have sewn and fitted this dress absolutely beautifully! It looks perfect on you.

  • tanyamaile July 22, 2013, 9:08 am

    What a perfect dress!

  • Ruby June July 22, 2013, 10:43 am

    Thanks so much, everyone for your lovely compliments! I lucked out on this fabric, it was one of those random ebay finds (as was the pattern!). I will be sewing another version of this for the fall (dark brown with black velvet accenting), it should be up on my blog once it starts cooling down a bit!

  • Laurel July 22, 2013, 10:49 am

    Great work – looks awesome on you!

  • mariebayarea July 22, 2013, 8:49 pm

    You look lovely in your pretty dress.

  • Catherine Alekna July 22, 2013, 10:04 pm

    Really nice work! Its fits you well!

  • venida July 23, 2013, 7:54 pm

    Looks wonderful and great sewing

  • Jessamyn July 25, 2013, 3:07 pm

    Great dress!

    I’m just curious about one thing: The pattern illustration shows the midriff with fish darts that end short of the bodice and skirt seams. Did you alter it, or is that one of those artistic-license moments on the part of the illustrator?

    • Ruby June July 26, 2013, 10:49 am

      They are fish-eye darts, I just extended them about 1/4 of an inch at the top to take that area in a bit. The cotton fabric is more stiff than a rayon or polyester-blend would have been so it would have led to a bit more “pillowing” than I wanted. At the bottom however, it still ends short of the skirt. The illustration does show the darts to be shorter than the pattern was though.
      Hope that helps!

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