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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Past Projects · Black Eyelet 1950s Dress

Half of my projects are made from fabric purchased especially for the dress idea, the other half are created due to my underlying need to chip away at my endlessly replenishing stash.  This dress falls in the latter category.  We picked up this black eyelet at a great price years ago, but since black isn't technically our "color", it languished.  I was looking for a fall-appropriate 50s dress for everyday wear back in Oct. 2011, and I felt that lining and trimming it with yellow would make it more "me".  The design idea came from a salesman sample I found online, with a few liberties taken.  This has become one of my favorite dresses!  I never would have picked either black or eyelet for a dress like this, but I love how it all came together! :-)

These pockets are one of my favorite parts of the dress!
I used Vogue 1044 as my starting base for this dress.  I really love kimono sleeves, but the underarm seam of longer-sleeved dresses usually restricts movement and tends to rip out.  This pattern has a yoke that extends into an underarm seam that's basically the lower half of a normal armscye.  It is comfortable, non-restrictive, and doesn't rip out at all!
The cute vintage belt buckle was one from our stash.  After bringing the yellow fabric home, I discovered that it was fortuitously the exact match.  I love it when that happens. :-)
The trim was all hand-applied in order to have better control of the loops and miters.

And all pictures are courtesy of the wonderful Kathryn!


  1. This dress is so, so cute! The trim is so fabulous! And I love that the eyelet pattern is chevroned... (if that's a word).

  2. Ahhhh!! I love this dress! I have always been a little wary of black with yellow, because I somehow always thought it would make me look like a bumble bee, but you really make me love those two colors together!! :)

  3. This dress is SO pretty! I just found your blog through a shout out from American Duchess, and I must say I love it, and that I am definitely going to stick around for a while. Your work is absolutely amazing, and so inspiring for a fellow seamstress like myself.


    The Middle Sister and Singer

  4. Ok seriously? If I ever decide to delve into the are going to be my number one inspiration!!! Your dresses are so delightful and fun!!! You look amazing!!!



  5. Yet another beautiful project! Black and yellow is a great combo. I'm really enjoying going through your blog and reading older posts that I've missed.

  6. I just stumbled upon your version of this pattern looking at reviews and it's beautiful! I may have to steal a couple of your ideas ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. I know I'm way behind on this post, but I recently found your blog, and after reading the most recent couple months, I went back to the beginning to read the whole thing. Your work is beautiful, and your posts are full of information and inspiration. Thank you for putting all of this online for people to find!

    And I LOVE everything about this dress.



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