Two Mid-century-style Dresses

by datura on August 24, 2013 · 13 comments

in Dresses,Modern Patterns,Pattern Drafting,Vintage Sewing


This is my first contribution to We Sew Retro.  I’ve been sewing casually since I was a teenager, but only decided that I wanted to get “serious” in the past year or so.  This month I’ve finished two dresses that I like.

I made the first from the “Sweetheart Sundress” pattern in Gertie’s book.  I added a circle skirt instead of a gathered one, and it’s made from some kind of textured cotton.  The collar and straps feel like a cotton/poly blend.

I made the second dress from my own pattern, using a sloper adapted from the book “Built By Wendy Dresses.”  I learned how to match up the stripes to form a chevron (without collapsing in tears of frustration) from this post.

I played around with the darts a bit to make them disappear into the design of the chevron, and  I added a side zipper so the back would match up neatly, too.

And because headless photos are weird and unsettling, here’s a photo of my sweetheart and me celebrating our first anniversary…I’m wearing the black and white dress, so you can see a bit of it peeking out.

Happy sewing, all!









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A lifelong lover of all things old - clothes, music, photographs, people. I enjoy needlecraft of all kinds. My husband and I run a website called Occult Guide, featuring sites of occult and magical significance around the world.

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Ange August 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Welcome! And happy anniversary.

I’m glad you’ve moved from a casual sewer to addicted now.. your dresses look stunning.

I’m about to make up a dress similar to the black and white one with a circle skirt – it’s drapes so nicely, I am quite inspired by your work!


Sue @ A Colourful Canvas August 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Ooooh, well done on both dresses! Great technique with the chevron on the second dress. My favourite is the black and white one!


Lazy Seamstress August 25, 2013 at 1:59 am

Your dresses are both stunning. I particularly love the green stripe, what an excellent job on the chevrons, beautiful. x


Nomorewars August 25, 2013 at 2:55 am

Wow! You have such a great body for dresses! I’m jealous! Not to mention the dresses are stunning!


Maggie cawthorn August 25, 2013 at 3:02 am

Again wow you dresses are stunning and you look fantastic.


Siri Andersen August 25, 2013 at 3:06 am

Your dresses are truly beautiful!! Well done :)


Bella August 25, 2013 at 6:40 am

Wow & Wow! They are both lovely & you totally rock both looks. You obviously have a great eye and skills. I look forward to seeing more inspirational sewing.


datura August 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Thank you, dolls! I’m happy to be part of this fabulous community.


Starspangledheart August 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Your chevrons look great!


Technicolor Cutie August 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm

LOVE the Chevron’d dress!! Great job on fabric choices and your tailoring is amazing!


mariebayarea August 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I love both frocks


BobbinBombshell August 26, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Love both!! Great fabric choice. They look lovely on you!


EmSewCrazy August 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Two very lovely dresses! You did a great job on both of them and it really shows. Looking forward to seeing more from you.


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