1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

A dress with a story

June 23, 2015


If you remember the pink gingham dress from my last post on WSR, you will find the shape of this new dress familiar. I often sew up a pattern more than once and this one I wanted to tune a little to perfect the fit. It’s still not all that perfect, at least on me, which might be because of my round back. It kinda puckers in the middle back when I slouch, which I do a lot of, sadly. I guess it would be fine for someone with correct posture. I need to work on the fit of my clothes, I tend to get these issues with the fit on the back often.

I sewed this dress from a semi-sheer poly (my guess, I don’t really know what it is but it doesn’t wrinkle and the skirt is fluffy without a need for a pettitcoat) that I got loads of and I’m willing to sew more of it, because it’s cute and satisfying to work with. The dress is fully lined with cotton and blind hemmed by hand. It has a zipper at center back.


How I came about the fabric is a touching story, really, but I don’t want to keep this post too long on WSR so feel welcome to click through and read all about it on my blog.


  1. It’s a very cute dress!
    And about the fit: No matter what you do, you can never make a garment look perfect in each and every shape you body can make. Bodies move, clothes don’t, it’s just that simple. That said, if the dress bunches on the back when you are standing normally (or what feels like normal to you), you should probably try and do something about it. Just don’t feel like you have to when it’s only when you move in a certain way. None of these lovely retro dresses with fitted bodices were really made for sloughing in…

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