collar

I decided to make a new summertime dress for my daughter.  While the silhouette of the Vogue 8788 is lovely, I just felt it was missing something.  So, I drafted a peter-pan collar for the dress!

 

We picked out a blue cotton lawn fabric with little white and green polka dots for the body of the dress.  For the collar, we chose a contrasting true red rayon blend.

The edges of the gown are trimmed in bias tape, so I simply made some from the fashion fabric.

 

I think she looks just darling in her new summer dress!  She says it’s quite comfortable and she loves the feminine silhouette.  I liked how quickly the dress worked up and construction was not at all difficult.  This would be a great pattern for a beginner.

 

There are a few more details over at my personal blog.

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I made this dress for Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Dress Challenge.

My inspiration was this teal dress that Joan wore in season 5.

I used Butterick 2952 as a base pattern, but I made several alterations and additions.

I added buttons on the front bodice, changed the neckline and drafted a collar to go with the neckline. Then, I drafted new facing pieces for the front and back. For a closer fit, I lengthened the darts on the front and back of the skirt. I also had to take the darts in a bit more at the waist. There is an invisible zip on the left side for closure, instead of a zipper in the back.

For more details and photos, see this post.

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Oh, 1950s dresses how do I love thee! I’ve had this fabric in my stash for a while and I knew exactly what type of dress that I wanted to make with it!

A great 50s double breasted dress with a great collar!

And too top it off, I found a pattern with pockets (Simplicity 1097)! Score!

I chose some yummy white trim to make the collar pop and a white belt to break up the business of this print.

More photos and construction details can be found on my blog. What’s your favorite fun feature on a dress? Mine’s definitely pockets!

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