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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

· Late 1950s Flamingo Dress ·


Quick!  Before the summer weather has officially left (... like, last week...) I need to finally share this dress!  This was my favorite project of the summer and I'm super excited about this post! :-)

I saw this adorable flamingo fabric at Hobby Lobby this spring and while I'm not the world's most rabid flamingo fan, it was exactly my kind of quirky novelty print. ;-)  I couldn't stop thinking about the fabric and after my rousing success with Butterick 8038, I knew that would be the perfect design!


The construction details are pretty much the same as last time, except I wasn't quite so meticulous with pattern-matching as last time. ;-)  Never fear, everything is still matched up along the horizontal axis though!


These vintage pink Moonglow beads were the perfect touch!


The only change I made this time around was to raise the neckline to a high boat neck.  It makes for more practical sun protection- it's hard to reach a low back with sunscreen. ;-)

I really loved the partial back zipper in my first version, and this one is a keeper too!


My one exception for pattern-matching: gotta love a perfectly matched center back seam!


How amazingly fun is it that this buckle from who-knows-where in the stash was just the ideal finishing touch!  Love it when that happens!


Ahh, I do love the look of pleats!


Basically, this outfit makes me so happy!!


After seeing Quinn's adorable 50s updo, I was totally inspired!  I'm not one to experiment around with new hairstyles unless it's *absolutely* necessary, so I rather surprised myself with my eagerness to attempt my own "poodle" style.  My hair is short enough to work really well for the style and the scarf is actually an essential element to keep all my too-short layers hidden. ;-)

I feel like it complements the dress style wonderfully and gives an overall late 50s vibe that I really love but rarely delve into! 


· photos by Kathryn ·

36 comments:

  1. I like everything about this dress - it is wonderful!

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  2. You pull off novelty prints so well. I generally feel rather silly. :) Maybe I should have a go at it again. In fact, now that I think about it, I have one with the end caps of spools of thread all over it. Someday, I will get to that dress!

    Sarah
    www.sewcharacteristicallyyou.com/blog

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I think a lot of my confidence to wear novelty prints came from the sheer number of compliments they garnered! Accessorizing helps too, but the biggest part is just owning it! ;-) Your fabric sounds *so* adorable- I hope you do make it soon!

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  3. You had me at flamingo! <3 Such a gorgeous dress and fabulous outfit and I couldn't agree more how wonderfully perfect that pink translucent buckle goes with this dress! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  4. I like the design of the bodice; I couldn't see it as well with the other dress. I love all the neckline and bodice details with older patterns. We just don't have a lot of that anymore.

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    1. Thanks Livia! Agreed, I love the detailing in older patterns and garments! So inspiring. :-)

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  5. this dress is fabulous and you look lovely wearing it, I got this same fabric in the blue and the pink background..now I am inspired to make a dress for myself for next summer.

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  6. So pretty, and fun! Great match of fabric to pattern ;o)

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  7. Oh goodness! Such a cute dress!!! The buckle is perfect!

    I was just appreciating your hair when I got to the mention of your inspiration... so glad that you attempted it! I think the style suits you and your lovely dresses very well. Hopefully you can add it to your rotation of style options. :)

    Best,
    Quinn

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    1. Thanks Quinn! And yes, I love that hairstyle!! I wore it faithfully all through the late summer- getting all hair the off the back of my neck was hard to resist! ;-)

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  8. I am not really a novelty print person, but every time I see one of your new garments, I think that I should really add some to my wardrobe!
    I love this dress pattern, and the accessories and details you chose are so perfectly matched! So lovely :)
    The Artyologist

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    1. Heehee! Aww, thanks Nicole! I totally think you could pull off novelty prints with aplomb!

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  9. I love it Lily!I'm crazy about flamingos, and this fabric is darling!

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  10. As always I am totally in love with this new creation of yours! Definitely love this hairstyle also and I totally agree that it compliments the dress splendidly:)
    -Madison
    www.minniemuseblog.com

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  11. Incredible late summer look, sweet dear. I'm smitten and swooning! Agreed about the pretty pink moonglow beads. Awesome jewelry choice here. You look incredible!

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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  12. When I am in a sewing rut and need some inspiration there are a few blogs I like to read to get my mojo back and yours tops the list! Love the bodice and novelty print...wish I could wear pink!

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    1. Awww Jackie, thank you! Stop by anytime! :-)

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  13. So, so cute. That buckle is perfect, the fabric is so fun, & your hair is lovely! 😊

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  14. The dress is gorgeous and oh my goodness the hair - that's the best part! :)

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  15. All of your makes are so gorgeous and this one really is the bee's knees, or should I say the flamingo's knees? It's just the kind of novelty print I like, cute, sweet and subtle. The pattern you choose to make the fabric up in suits it divinely, as the whole ensemble suits you! ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Heehee! Awwww, thanks so much dear! <3

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  16. What a darling dress!! I love it! Also the buckle is just perfect! And you did a great job with your hair!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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    1. Thanks Janey! You are the queen of awesome hair, so that means so much! :-)

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