1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Blue Bow Dress (Simplicity 1207)

By on July 8, 2015

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Hi everyone, I wanted to share one of my recent (well, not too recent) makes with all of my fellow vintage sewing lovers. I’m calling this one the blue bow dress and I made it with one of my favorite vintage patterns: Simplicity 1207, from 1955 (see below).

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The most challenging part about making this dress was definitely the piping on the yoke and sewing the area together properly- I think I ripped it out and started over about three times!

IMG_0523The fabric is a light blue chambray-type cotton which is really nice for a lightweight summer dress. I debated about lining it but ultimately opted not to. The bows are black grosgrain ribbon and I finished the edges off with some fray block.

I actually wore this dress for our engagement photos, which we took at Disneyland. Here’s my favorite one:

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If you’d like to see more photos and info, here’s my post on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine.

-Melissa

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1950s | Dresses

1954 Vintage Simplicity Dress

By on September 26, 2013

Pattern: Simplicity 4637

Junior Misses’ and Misses’ One-Piece Dress, Bodice has low cut neckline and short kimono sleeves. Skirt is gathered at waist. View 1 has bias trim on neck and skirt with bows accenting left side.

Year: 1954

Fabric and notions: deep purple suiting (from the stash) I did not want to line the dress just add the facing as the pattern was drafted. Bias binding to finish the sleeve edges and a vintage metal placket zipper.

Construction details on the blog Sew Melodic.

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1930s | 1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Simplicty 3835 – early 40’s dress

By on July 7, 2012

Hi All

It’s been a while since I posted here.

I made this dress just the other week. A few details:

Pattern: Simplicity 3835 from the 40’s – early in the decade I think, but can’t be sure.
Fabric: Pastel green sheer with white floral flocking – possibly nylon? New Japanese made fabric bought from one of the little shops on Sydney Rd Brunswick.
Notions: A heap of snaps and 3 tiny hook & eyes.
Cost: About $13 – $5 p/m for the fabric – I used just about 2m. Snaps were probably about $3 – they’re so expensive here and I use heaps of them. Need to buy them in bulk from somewhere!

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….more details and pics on my blog 🙂

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1950s | 1960s

poodle dress!

By on November 2, 2011

you know how sometimes a fabric and a pattern are meant to be together? that’s kinda how i felt a few weeks ago when i went to an estate sale and found these two things
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and 4 yards of teal poodles!

i knew i was supposed to make that dress, so i went home, and i did it-

taaa daaaaaaaa!

i added on square pockets to the front with buttons from my grandmother’s button collection that i recently inherited. i also opted to make the bows detachable because sometimes i feel like as a freckly, petite, 25 year old with a high pitch voice, i don’t exactly need extra bows to make me look any more not my age… just once, i’d like to not be carded…. once…..

now that i think about it, wearing poofy dresses with poodles on them probably doesn’t help either…..

well, as usual there is more on my blog!

xoxo,
christine

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