Vintage Sewing

Flamingo Dress

March 30, 2010
I sewed this up as a spring break project for myself. The best part is that mine is a petite size, so no adjustments were needed! It is my absolute new favorite pattern.  I see many Nancy Drew/sixties dresses in my future. My mom said her mom made herself a lot of outfits like view 3 back in the day. Maybe from this same pattern!
I want your opinion…should I add the button-on belt (View 1)? In what color? Hot pink? White? My next version will be in khaki linen with a belt in tromp l’oeil rattan print.
Pattern: Simplicity 8788, 1970
Fabric: Cotton flannel from Fabricville in Quebec
Notes: The head hole was big enough so that I didn’t need a zipper (hooray!), but the neck facing was too short (boo!) I am SO proud of myself that only one set of stripes didn’t match up and it is under my armpit anyways.
What I Learned: Flannel, in theory is great for a little spring dress because it is warmish but by the time it gets warm enough so that your legs don’t freeze it is too hot for the dress. I really need a pair of white flats. Double-fold hemming with flannel is a bad idea. Major bulkiness issues.
  1. Great dress! Yes, definitely add the button-on belt. How about in the same flamingo fabric and with hot pink piping and a pink button?

  2. Ohhh! I love the dress! I'd like the green one- with buttons. I just discovered your blog! I'm going to look around for some dress patterns (I hope you have any)! If not, your dresses are still very, very nice!

  3. I had the dress on the right in a coral pink shade, linen-blend fabric. Those were the days! Your version is adorable!

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