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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Past Projects · 1950s Ric-Rac Dress

This dress has been a favorite for years!  I found this super cute ric-rac fabric on clearance at Hancocks a few years ago, and wanted to do something interesting and out of the ordinary with the stripes.   I found pictures of a vintage dress that fit the requirements and then went to the work of replicating it!  This dress was a really big challenge to pattern and fit, since moving each seam or the angle of a stripe by just a fraction of an inch ends up affecting the whole bodice in unexpected ways.   But, (other than being completely unable to match the stripes on the side seams) I was successful! :-)  Once the hard work of drafting and fitting the pattern was over, the main part of the dress was really was easy to make.  The fabric is sheer enough to easily see the stripes from the wrong side while sewing, so making sure everything matched up while it was being assembled was a breeze!  I get lots of comments of "Oh!  I can't imagine matching all those stripes!" but I always have to smile, because the process of actually sewing it was a piece of cake! ;-)

The skirt is trimmed with a band of bias fabric.  The neckline is edged with fabric and then the front detail has bound buttonholes with fabric trim (which is incidentally a very handy place for storing small scissors while sewing! ;-) )
And, as always, silliness abounds with the Yens. ;-)
· Pictures by Kathryn ·


  1. So nice and I love the fabric pattern.

  2. Ah, it's beautiful! I adore it! :)

  3. Oh, you did a gorgeous job! I couldn't imagine having to figure out how to match those stripes as perfectly as you did, when you were patterning it up. Your work is always so masterfully done.

    The Middle Sister and Singer

  4. Gorgeous! I adore a good replica of a vintage gown, and you did a fabulous job on yours! I love the detail you put into your projects! It really adds so much to them.


  5. Wow, this is beautiful! The color combination is so candy store without being overwhelming (: Sometimes clearance fabric is the best fabric!

  6. One of my favorites!! Impeccable stripeage. ;-)

  7. Those stripes must have taken some serious skill and patience! All those chevrons make for a very eye-catching dress. So pretty!

  8. Awww, thanks ladies!! You're all too flattering. :-) But I don't mind too much. ;-)

  9. Um, yeah. I love this dress.

    And that last picture of you is so cute!! :)



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