1950s | Dresses

Patriotic Seersucker Picnic Dress

By on September 30, 2013

Hello!  I just finished this dress the other day for the Fall for Cotton challenge.  It is a vintage reproduction pattern from 1954 (Vintage Vogue 2960).

I made this dress out of cotton seersucker and lined the bodice with swiss cotton dot.  I made a self fabric belt with a vintage pearl-ish buckle from my grandma’s notion stash that almost perfectly matches my buttons.  I’m wearing this with my lightweight summer petticoat made of cotton muslin that you can kind of see as I twirling around with the skirt before the photo was taken. 🙂

1954 Seersucker Picnic Dress

This dress blended together a lot of things that I have been clamoring for in my closet, like seersucker, a patriotic dress, gingham (orcheck?), and more 50’s garments to parade around in.

Happy Sewing!




PS There are more photos and info on my blog!

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Vogue 2960 in Polished Cotton

By on July 30, 2013

I have been reading We Sew Retro for years now and I am happy to have my first post.  This is Vogue 2960 (pattern cover on page in link)

This is actually the second time I have made this pattern. I have been sewing for about two years and this was one of the first patterns I tried to make.  It was a disaster.  There were instructions for bound button holes and I found that you have to already know how to do them to understand what to do.  It took me so long to make this the first time and the result was a barely wearable dress that only hangs in the back of my closet.  I am much happier with the results this time.

It was really nice to be able to see how much I have learned since I started sewing.  I understood so much more and was so much faster sewing it.  The instructions are still terrible, but I wasn’t stopped in my tracks by them.  I owe a lot to the sewing classes I have taken online.

By the way… the photos are Photoshopped.  I don’t live anywhere that nice.  I was in front of a green screen.  You can still see the green tint on the bottom of the dress from the light reflecting off of the green floor I was standing on.  So, I am better at sewing, but still mediocre at Photoshop.

Thanks for reading.  I am so happy to have written my first post!  More on my blog.


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