1950s | Dresses

Green Vintage Dress

October 23, 2013

This is my first post on here!  I was so excited to find a site like this for all of us vintage sewing enthusiast.  I finally feel like I fit in!  I am the kind of person with zero patience and if I am going to sew myself something I want to wear it right away.  So I had this pattern for awhile but couldn’t think of any occasion to wear it.  Finally we were invited to our friends surprise birthday party and had the perfect occasion for this dress.  I wanted it to be green but had a hard time picking out the fabric.   I had decided on a linen kelly green by Robert Kaufman that I had ordered online.  It was a tad brighter then I had hopped for but I actually grew to really love the color.


This is the original pattern, but I changed the neckline into a v-neck because it just wasn’t fitting me right.

I took out my handy seam ripper and went to work.

Had I known that I was going to change the neckline I would have sewn it a lot differently.  But it turned out okay  (Its good to think of each project as a learning experience).  It fit great and we had a wonderful time.

This is me attempting to do what is called the “Cupid Dance”.  The whole time I thought that they were calling it the “Cuban Dance”.  My husband got quite a laugh watching me attempt this.

  1. Wow! Great job, great fit. The color suits you so well. I’m a newbie and finding this community was exciting for me too.

  2. cute cute cute!!!

    is the dance the same as the stroll? (not the stroll like on Hairspray, all girls, almost the Electric slide)

  3. I love the color, too. It looks perfect with your hair and skin tone. Even with the neckline change, I think you got quite a good fit, and I really love the bow. What a timeless style!

  4. A big thank you, to everyone’s kind words and for giving me a very warm welcome! I was a tad nervous about posting on here because well all of you are way above my sewing abilities (I will get there one day!).
    -novemberfoxtrot: Its different, it had like its own song for it (which apparently is on the radio, who knew!). I think when it comes to music and dancing I have more in common with someone in their 80’s (In fact my husband always jokes that I am an 80 year old lady trapped in a 26 year old body…I totally take that as a compliment!)

  5. Wow! That is a gorgeous dress and you look amazing in it! Great decision to change the neckline to a v neck I think. Somehow those high necklines only ever look good on the pattern envelope. Can’t wait to see what you make next 🙂

  6. I love this on many levels, the color, the fit, the easy elegance, and the fact that you changed the neckline! You did a beautiful job and inspire me!!

  7. Lovely! That color looks great on you. How was the linen to work with? I’m tempted to buy some of that RK linen, but tend to buy fabric in person. Welcome to the group; there’s so many great outfits and lots of stuff to learn from others.

    1. I loved working with it! It was easy to cut and piece together, it also had some weight to it. The only problem with buying online is that the color might not be what it appeared on your computer screen. And linen wrinkles very easily! It was a good quality though, I will definitely buy it again.

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