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Coffee pots dress – 1950’s

June 19, 2014

Hi, this is a dress with rather fab coffee pots and tea cups on!  I drafted the pattern using an Enid Gilchrist book.  I lurve these books and have made a few things using them.

I decided to add a gathered skirt to the bodice because I had a large piece of fabric and only have one seam on the left side where the invisible zip is.  I managed to match the pattern on this seam too so it is almost invisible too.  For an extra detail I added blue ric rac to the waist seam and along the edges of the sleeves and neck edge.  The sleeves are ‘grown on’ sleeves with a little gusset under the arm.  This pattern appealed to me for that so that I wouldn’t cut up any of the pots and cups on the fabric.

In this photo I’m wearing a cotton cardigan I made last year from a Rowan pattern.  The pattern had a peplum but I chose to start from the waist edge instead so that I could wear it with full skirts and you can still see my waist.




    1. Hi, a shop called Belice Tissus in Chartes, France.
      Maybe you are no where near here?
      If it’s any help the writing on the selvedge reads: Japanese 40’s by 40’s superfine cotton lawn Miroto Great Flower Designs.
      It is rather fab isn’t it! I had to have it when I saw it.

  1. That is such a cute dress. Great pattern – just perfect for summer! And I love that cardigan. What pattern did you use for it?

    1. Hi, thank you for your comments 🙂
      The pattern is by Rowan and is called ‘Agnes’. It was in a knitting magazine but I believe it’s in a book called ‘Vintage designs to knit’ by Kim Hargreaves.
      The pattern has a peplum and French knots embroidered all over it but when I tried to do the French knots they just looked messy so I left it plain white. It goes with more things that way too.

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