Vintage Sewing

Old-Fashioned Easter Dress

April 14, 2009

This year’s Easter Dress was special. I attempted and accomplished some new sewing hurdles and with some of my most treasured fabric finds.

We’ll start with the slip. I melded view 1 with view 3. A girl must have maximum puff in the skirt.

Yes, there is a seam down the center front because I forgot to cut the piece on the fold. I had used my best pima cotton for the slip for the softest touch against SweetPea’s skin and didn’t want to waste any so I just stitched the two pieces together – after all, it wouldn’t be seen anyway.

I used my vintage Singer Ruffler Attachment for the crinolin (which I found last summer at the annual Antique Festival) – that was a lot of gathering and using the Ruffler made it a 1000 times easier. The gathers turned out beautifully. For the lower part of the hem I adjusted the attachment for plaiting.

I decided on a variation between view 1 and view 2 for the actual dress. Fabric is vintage and came from an old, original SINGER Sewing Center – probably 1950’s. It has tiny flocked florals and fruit. The coordinate is vintage as well – a flocked dotted organdy.

I was very pleased with how the back turned out, too… especially the big bow!

The pattern called for just a narrow hem on the tie sides and ends – I didn’t like the idea for that particular look, so I doubled the pattern cutting and stitched two pieces for each tie together then turned each one right side out. A much cleaner look, don’t you think?

I added some crinolin on the underside of the top part of the sleeve, so that each one would puff upward. All hems were blind-stitched by hand – a bit tricky with sheer fabric.

Fully blogged here.
  1. How adorable! The choice of fabric was just impeccable, and I love the idea of the crinoline in the sleeve – I don’t know why I’ve never thought of that before 🙂

  2. What a precious little heirloom! i still have a dress my mom made me when I was 3 in my hope chest…make sure she keeps it. 🙂

  3. That is the cutest Easter dress I have ever seen! What a great color combination and the crinolin is fantastic! What a lucky little girl. Great work!

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. I used to dream of owning a dress like that when I was a little girl, I used to draw page after page of them. Lucky girl to have such a lovely dress.

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