Patriotic Seersucker Picnic Dress

by tanya maile on September 30, 2013 · 6 comments

in 1950s,Dresses

Hello!  I just finished this dress the other day for the Fall for Cotton challenge.  It is a vintage reproduction pattern from 1954 (Vintage Vogue 2960).

I made this dress out of cotton seersucker and lined the bodice with swiss cotton dot.  I made a self fabric belt with a vintage pearl-ish buckle from my grandma’s notion stash that almost perfectly matches my buttons.  I’m wearing this with my lightweight summer petticoat made of cotton muslin that you can kind of see as I twirling around with the skirt before the photo was taken. :)

1954 Seersucker Picnic Dress

This dress blended together a lot of things that I have been clamoring for in my closet, like seersucker, a patriotic dress, gingham (orcheck?), and more 50′s garments to parade around in.

Happy Sewing!




PS There are more photos and info on my blog!

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I hail from a Northern California cattle ranch where I live with my husband and our fur kids. I've been sewing since I was a wee lass and am in love with fashions of the past -- especially the 1910s and 20s. I'm a former anthro-archaeologist who now spends her days rescuing Border Collies, repurposing "trash", organic gardening and adding to my fabric stash. I sew daily and mostly for myself as a girl can never have too many dresses.

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Beth September 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I LOVE your dress! So cute


Lauriana October 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Great dress!

Aren’t 1950′s styles dresses the best? I think a full skirted 50′s dress is the kind of shape you would get if you asked any little girl to draw a dress…


Amber October 2, 2013 at 5:16 am

It’s the perfect all American country girl dress!So great on you, you are adorable!XO


Vix October 5, 2013 at 4:45 am

I love that dress, you look gorgeous modelling it! x


QueensGirl October 5, 2013 at 7:56 am

Oh, what a fun and pretty dress, so flouncy, and the check is so perfectly lined up along the front seam of the skirt. Also, that first picture is especially eye-catching with the truck and barn in the background, overall just gorgeous.


tanya maile October 6, 2013 at 8:50 am

Thanks, everyone! :) This is one of my favorite dresses that I’ve ever made..


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