1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

The Tiptoe through the Tulips Dress

September 6, 2012

Hi everyone! It’s been too long since I posted on my favourite vintage sewing website-We Sew Retro!  I am super excited to share my latest creation.  The dress was inspired by a delicious border print fabric that I got at Edinburgh Fabrics during a meet-up of sewists called the Crafters’ Ceilidh last January!

I used Simplicity 4209 from the 1950s. Is it just me, or to border prints make you think of the 1950s?  It seemed a match made in heaven!   And I just love the draped neckline and gathered skirt.

My border print fabric is a medium-weight dressmaking cotton–so it’s a little heavy for the draped neckline but holds the skirt gathers beautifully.  This border print was fantastic in that half of the fabric was pure white and the other half was the border print–making it super easy to make a dress out of it.  While white isn’t a colour I usually choose, I was sold on the bright teal tulips with brown accents.

The dress closes with a full bodice length zipper down the back.  I followed the directions and inserted a lapped zipper which I am pretty  excited about!

We found a golden patch of flowers and thought that was perfect for the tulip inspired 50’s dress.  YAY! Super happy to be back sewing again, especially since the last garments I made were for a mammoth project making a kilt jacket for my husband’s graduation.  Sometimes it takes awhile to get back into the swing after such a big project but this was the perfect summer sewing interlude. Plus, I figure the dress can transition into autumn and spring as well with a cardigan or jacket. I just love it!  Check out my blog for more pictures.

  1. this dress is wonderful! GREAT JOB! I just love the border print & the shape of the dress! Plus your hair is so lovely! 🙂

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