Saturday, March 6, 2010

Stripes + Ruffles + 1940's + Warm Weather = Wonderful :)



Hoorah! It is warm and sunny and wonderful outside today--the perfect weather in which to photograph my latest spring frock. :)





This little ditty is made from Simplicity 1522 (mid-1940's). I found it on one of my favorite online pattern sources, Fuzzylizzie Vintage. The fabric is a poly/cotton blend oxford shirting (!) from fabric.com. The stripes are a bit hard to see in some of these pictures, as it was so bright and sunny outside. I am very happy with the weight and feel of the fabric--it was perfect for this dress.


This dress is absolutely adorable, and was very easy to put together. The waist insets are extremely flattering. The pattern called for store-bought lace trim for the pockets, sleeves and collar, but I opted instead for hand-made self-fabric trim.


The one thing I regret about this project is that the buttonholes are machine-worked. I ALWAYS do my buttonholes by hand, but was a bit lazy this time. Although machine buttonholes are nice-looking and uniform, I much, much, much prefer the look and feel of hand-made buttonholes. Alas and alack. No use crying over spilled milk...

The buttons I used are turn-of-the-century pearl buttons that I found at an antique shop a few years back. I thought they suited the dress well.


So spring dress no. 2 is completed! How many dresses am I going to make? Time will tell, my friend, time will tell. :)



5 comments:

Sarah said...

How pretty! I LOVE the waist insets. And I think your self-made ruffles are great! Agh, I can't wait for spring.....

Marybeth said...

It's adorable! I love the fabric... Great work!

Ms. B @ Millie Deel said...

What an adorable dress! I love the fabric and all of the details! You did a wonderful job!!

sewbissy said...

Lovely dress! Looks so pretty and spring-like.

Cecili said...

Oh my, what a lovely dress! I love how you arranged the stripes to emphasize the shape of the dress, and the colour and design are so fresh! Great job :)