Summer dress

vintage style rockabilly dressI used the bodice section from Simplicity 2442 for this dress but omitted the rouched layer on the midriff. The fabric was far too busy to add any more detail! The midriff really does give a flattering shape. It’s one of my favourite vintage-style features. The straps on this pattern curve inwards to create a sweetheart style neckline and crossover at the back¬†which is a lovely feature too. A 50′s ¬†rockabillyesque, vintage style tea dress was what I was after and I think it pretty much fits that bill.

crossover straps on vintage style dress

I didn’t really like the suggested style of the skirt pattern so I created my own dirndl skirt. It is very full with a 3 metre hem! I dutifully hand-hemmed it too!

vintage style floral dress

With very special thanks to my mister for taking the photos. For more of the same and some more details please hop over to ooobop!

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This dress was made from a re-released vintage Butterick pattern (#5605). I used a white and kelly green stripe cotton and wanted to play with the placement of the stripes. I made a chevron at the bust, placed stripes horizontally on the side gussets and tried to run the stripes vertically on the circle skirt, which resulted in some more chevrons.

I love vintage patterns but sometimes it’s fun to make them a little more modern by modifiying them. I shortened the sleeves and skirt and adding a matching exposed zipper. It doesn’t read as a 50′s design to me anymore but I like the result. I don’t think I love anything I’ve ever made as much as I love this dress. It’s so perfect for the summer and I feel like magic happens whenever I wear it.

This dress was a challenge to assemble – I have more info, photos and links of the resources I used to make it at my blog here.

 

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I’ve made this summer dress from a Simplicity 7714 pattern from 1968. I’ve made some pattern adjustments around the neck.
The fabric is from the States. I simply love it!!
For more pictures come visit my blog:
www.retro-couture.blogspot.com

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