1950s | Dresses

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October 19, 2011

I came across this pattern while idly browsing through Flickr a while back.

And found, much to my surprise, that Patterngate still had it in stock, and it’s my size!! Of course I bought it right away, what else was I supposed to do?

My 8 year old daughter and I are taking a train journey to Chicago to visit the American Girl store, and I just NEEDED a new dress. Particularly something that could be worn with a crinoline (those train seats are roomy!) I had a 4.5 yard chunk of one of the Windham Tea for Two prints, one of my favorite fabric lines of all time, and voila. This dress was so much easier than I thought it would be, it only took about three afternoons of dedicated sewing. I did re-jigger the bodice construction somewhat so that I could add in the red piping, because red piping makes everything better.

I could not be more thrilled with this pattern, and the dress! It came together like a dream, darts, invisible back zipper, “rush of unpressed pleats” and all. Oh! I did have to chop a good three inches off the hem, and I am five-foot-seven – it makes you wonder what kind of Amazons they were drafting patterns for, back in the day! Anyway, here are some shots of the dress by my ace photographer/8-year-old daughter.

And here I am matching my doll…

Bring on the shopping!

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