The fabric for this dress is pretty hit-or-miss – both my mom & boyfriend HATE it, but I think it’s kinda cute! What do you think?
The pattern is Simplicity 2458, a sweet little shirtwaist dress with sleeve & skirt options. I went with view 2, although I significantly shortened the sleeves & the skirt (the original hem came down to my ankles. Ew!). The only fitting adjustment I made was to add about 1/2″ to the side seams below the bust dart – everything else fit beautifully straight out of the envelope!
I need to change the buttons out because I think the white ones cheapen the look. Buttons are so expensive, though!
Here is the dress with a petticoat. How very Betty Draper of me
As always, lots more pictures & info at my blog, LLADYBIRD.
I made this top out of a long silk skirt I picked up at the thrift store for $2. The pattern is Simplicity 4400 from 1958, and the embroidery is from the fantastic Flickr group Hoop Love Vintage Transfers.
The top was a little billowy for my tastes, so I added vertical waist darts to give some shape
It looks good tucked in, too!
The embroidery is very simple – split stitch on the rose, back stitch on the leaves/stems.
As always, more pictures/info on my blog, LLADYBIRD.
Here is my most recent vintage reproduction sewing project. I have so many patterns in the stash crying out for a little attention, but once I got my paws on this new one, I just couldn’t resist cutting into some fabric. In my defense, the silk has been in living in a drawer for a few years, so those other patterns will just have to wait their turn!
And if I was not obsessed with finishing off every seam with my rayon seam binding, this dress would have been a super quick and easy project.
More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.