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« on: November 19, 2008 07:08:44 PM »

I forgot about this one when I made my other post. I just finally got it finished last week (had to take basting out of the hem and move the buttons, real tough.  Roll Eyes I'm just a procrastinator). This dress is from a Butterick 1953 pattern... back when they were only 35 cents! Nice. I really loved the cut of the neckline, but that bias tape trim kicked my butt. It looks ok... as long as you don't get too close! The next incarnation of this dress won't have that. Since I started this dress back in the summer, I chose to do the lap sleeves; next time I'll go with the longer sleeves. I actually do have green fabric with teeny tiny little white pluses all over it waiting in the wings.  Smiley

Here is the finished product:

The buttons actually are straight. I don't know why that middle one looks wonky in the pic.




This one shows the color of the stripes better than the other two. Does it look too Candystriper?  Undecided

And here is the pattern:
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2008 07:25:08 PM »

That's so cute!! Well done!
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2008 07:36:51 PM »

Nice dress!  Did you have to do any re-calculating to the pattern sizing/pieces?  I always shy away from older patterns because the sizing and measurements are so different than they are today.

I like it with the black belt - if you're worried about looking too candystriper, bigger/oversized buttons or black or red buttons, or even a mix of retro buttons might do the trick!
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2008 08:01:54 PM »

Cute!  Yeah, the Goodwill here has a big box of old patterns for 10 cents each and I dug out a really cool one from 1969 the other day  Grin  Original MSRP: 85 cents (90 cents Canadian  Tongue)
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2008 08:16:24 PM »

Your vintage dresses are just TOO CUTE. Have to admit, rather jealous!
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2008 10:09:28 PM »

Thank you, everybody!  Cheesy

Nice dress!  Did you have to do any re-calculating to the pattern sizing/pieces?  I always shy away from older patterns because the sizing and measurements are so different than they are today.

I like it with the black belt - if you're worried about looking too candystriper, bigger/oversized buttons or black or red buttons, or even a mix of retro buttons might do the trick!

No, I didn't make any significant alterations to the pattern. Sizing was different then, true, but the actual measurements are pretty trustworthy. I think that, the next time I make this one, I will make the bodice a little smaller because, well, I've shrunk since I bought the pattern (breastfeeding does strange things).  Embarrassed You can see that it's a little too rooomy in the sides.

That is a good idea about using different colored buttons! I may do that, since I plan on wearing the dress with the black belt all the time (it has the tendency to look a little dumpy without).
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2008 07:55:14 AM »

i love it, especially the fabric!
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2008 06:09:45 PM »

very cute!
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2008 07:52:54 PM »

Oh, I love this!  It's so SJP in Sex and the City when Big comes back to New york for heart surgery.  I think she brings him dominoes, but she's wearing a dress like yours.  With a white apron, you could totally pass for her next halloween! 

But for non-halloween wear, yes, I think the belt works. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2008 06:14:07 PM »

adorable really! I used to have a pink and white striped dress, only a few people were confused. I wish i still had it now. Cotton dresses are the best.
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