Kitsch fabric, 50s dress… I’m in heaven…

dress1I just wanted to show you this simple little vintage style dress that I’ve just finished. The fabric has been sitting in my cupboard for over a year.. maybe slightly because I like it alot, I didn’t want to use it up on something that didn’t get plenty of airings ! Luckily there’s enough left to make something else with it too.  It’s a nice feeling, making things that I can keep and pass onto my little daughters ( they already have their eyes on half of my wardrobe ! ) and this fabric is great quality so it should last the test of time… I just wish I could remember where I bought it from, incase anyone likes it.. but I can’t, sorry !

The bodice is from a pattern, in fact the same one I used for the polka dot dress for my friend, Lou ( I’ve added a detachable bow too, similar to her dress ) But, the skirt, I had to cut out a rectangle of fabric for front and back and gather it as it just wasn’t wide enough for full circle. I really wish there were more fabrics with wider widths, because it would make dressmaking sooo much easier. I guess there is always the option of having a seam down the skirt front as well as the sides, but personally, I prefer a simpler look. The dress has a cream lining and I popped some netting left over from my wedding dress, onto the skirt to add some fullness. I really recommend chalk marking the lining of the skirt where you are about to sew the netting in before doing it, it can end up wonky otherwise and it’s a right old pavlova palaver !

Now, accessorizing this… hmmm….Dolly Dagger have a very pretty Tarina Tarantino lucite bead bracelet that would work really well with the dress ( hint hint Father Cwistmas ! )…

… and I love these Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Patchuli III wedge heels, also from Dolly Dagger

What do you think, bow or no bow ? Are you making anything 50s at the moment ?  Do you have a favourite dress that you’ll keep forever more ? Leave me a comment and tell me, tell me !! :)

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Angie Smith

You asked for comments about the bow. Well, have you tried positioning it at the waist as I recently acquired a vintage dress in black and yellow cotton sateen with waist bow. Looked great. Also they are sometimes sew at the back of the waist, even on a train for an evening gown.

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lucyloves

Hi Angie, yes I did try it at the waist and I like it but my Mum said she preferred it at the neckline. I’ve made it detachable so can put it anywhere really. I like your idea too xx

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Roisin

I love this, Lucy! I know just what you mean about 45inch fabric, too – it makes circle skirts so difficult! I’ve just finished a Retro Butterick pattern from 1960 :)

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Dawn Masob

I’m not making anything 50s at the moment but 50s style pinnys are all the rage up here at present. My friend Carolyn cannot make enough to keep up with demand! I love the dress I prefer WITH the bow.

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lucyloves

Thanks Dawn. I agree.. bow it is! Really? They are fun to make.. do you have one of her pinnys? I’d love to see one xx

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lucyloves

Thanks Claire! I’m glad you like the bow – I’m pretty much 100% on it too now :) xx

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Janet

Wow, I love it. Personally, I’d do without the bow as I think the fabric is doing the talking all on its own! Great job and you have very lucky daughters

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lucyloves

Thanks Janet :) I couldn’t make my mind up so made the bow detachable.. My girls love fashion and dresses.. I wonder why? :) xx

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