1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

A Gaggle of Gingham

August 9, 2016

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Goodness it has been a while since I last posted some of my retro sewing over here! The summer offers so many distractions, and my sewing has been thoroughly distracted by my love for gingham textiles this year! I recently put the rest of my stash busting projects on hold to turn out not one but two new gingham frocks, of which this full skirted 50’s number is the first!

Having discovered the wonder of Malco Modes petticoats I knew I wanted another full circle skirted dress to wear with either my ivory or black petticoats. The dress pattern was self drafted, with the bodice in a kimono sleeve style with a v-neckline and the skirt as a full 27″ long circle skirt. The full circle skirts on 45″ wide fabric do eat up a bunch of yardage, but with lots of Joanns coupons they are still doable. I always hem mine with coordinating cotton bias tape, usually just the packaged kind you can get at Joanns, and it takes at least two packages (at 3 yards a package!) to go around the skirt hem! I actually hemmed two circle skirts in one day a while back for a total of over 12 feet of hem hand stitched that day!

I tend to make simpler designs since I draft most everything myself and haven’t branched out into more intricate styles just yet. Still, I wanted to fancy this dress up a little bit so I added crisp white cotton sleeve cuffs and trim at the neckline. To do so I simply cut strips of fabric on the bias and ironed it into self-made bias tape to edge the sleeves and neckline, easy but effective! 🙂

For more photos of this outfit, visit me over on my blog The Closet Historian!

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  1. What a lovely dress and your styling is just perfect!
    I often draft my own (1950’s inspired) dresses too and I have the same way of hemming those full skirts.

  2. Your dress is really cute. I love the V-neck, and the white trim is the perfect touch. I just made a V-neck, full circle dress in orange gingham. Such a wearable style! I haven’t gotten the nerve to wear it with a petticoat, although I have one and would love to. I am envious of your courage! Beautiful.

    1. Thank you Becky! I am just loving petticoats at the moment, they are certainly fun even if they feel very different from modern day wear 🙂

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