Hello again! I’m back with another me made dress, and this time instead of the 1930’s, I have jumped to the 1950’s!
I have made many summer dresses over the years, but I tend to always stick with a wiggle/pencil skirt shape. I wanted to branch out this summer and add a few full skirted dresses to my wardrobe! To make this dress I used a basic kimono sleeved bodice pattern and a full circle skirt. The dress is made from a lightweight cotton print from India (ordered from a now defunct shop on etsy) and is lined with off white cotton. I hemmed both the sleeves and the skirt hem with self bias tape I made from the same print fabric. I usually like to use bias tape folded over for an invisible hem on circle skirts but with the print being so busy on this dress I figured I could get away with just a bias tape hem. It feels a bit lazy to hem with bias tape, even though it takes some effort to make the tape itself!
Sadly I forgot to put on a belt with the dress before I took these photos, it looks even better with a thin black belt! I am excited to accessorize this dress with other colors in the future even if it looks good with basic black. I think red could be a fun pop against the neutral palette! I made one other dress this summer with this same exact pattern, only in a different tropical leaf and parrot print! You can see more of this dress and its tropical twin on my blog The Closet Historian.