Vintage Sewing

Summer Dresses

April 23, 2008

I’ve been busily sewing up my daughter’s summer clothes recently. I think she’s grown a foot since last summer. Here a few that I just finished.

First is a 1940s Advance pattern in size 4. I did view 1, the center dress, but omitted bias trim on the shoulder ruffles and used the rolled edge function on my serger instead. This pattern was a bit of a challenge, I don’t enjoy using patterns this old. While I love the graphics and the wonderful clothing designs I don’t enjoy deciphering the vague instructions. The dress has “issues” where the sides meet the skirt part. It’s still a fun playdress, though. The fabric is Alexander Henry cotton woven. Next is an undated Anne Adams mail order pattern, also in size 4. I adore this one, particularly the heart pocket. It was very simple and the instructions were straightforward. I love the shorts that go underneath, too. The fabrics are American Jane for Moda and Aunt Sukey’s Choice.

Now if we could just get the weather to warm up a bit . . .

Thanks for looking!
  1. Karen~
    These dresses are just so ADORABLE! I can’t wait until I have grandchildren to sew for . . . but that is quite a few years away.
    We too are waiting for Spring to SPRING! It is snowing here right now . . . . ggggrrrrr!!!! 🙁

  2. Juliane,

    I am so sorry it has taken me this long to answer the question you left on my blog about the fabric line I used for those two strip bags. My apologies.

    It’s Posh by Chez Moi for Moda.
    Here is a link:

    This link takes you to the charm pack. It lets you see all the fabrics in this line.

    Again, sorry. I can read blogs at work, but I can’t access the comments and I forgot about your question.
    Take care!

  3. Karen! LOVED getting a close-up view of the dresses last night IRL… these photos are just not enough. LOVE the little shorts! SEW CUTE!

  4. These are just TOO cute! I wonder if my nieces would be interested in me sewing for them…If not, maybe I’ll just find someone on the street to make such cute dresses for her!

  5. You’ve inspired me! I’ve been putting off sewing my neice’s summer wardrobe (5yrs), but now that I see how cute these are, I’m dying to get going!

  6. I love your dresses and wish I could borrow that pattern. I have put a link to you on my blog. I’m just getting started into blogging. I sew for the grandkids and me and make quilts and bags.

    Barbara in Amarillo, TX

  7. Hi Myra, it’s a display form that came from a retail children’s store. Nothing fancy. 🙂

    Thanks for the compliments everyone.

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