1950s Retro Dress August 5, 2016 – Posted in: dress, girls clothes, sewing, upcycled

I am a little behind. That is the story of my life.

I ran out of steam and didn’t finish the Easter dresses in time for Easter this year. I decided a happy mom spending time with her kids was better than a grumpy one frantically sewing. So, I finished them when I felt like it. The last one didn’t get done until July 30.

And that is OK.

My “theme” this year was “upcycled” so this dress was constructed of a thrifted sheet.

1950s retro dress

halley back of dress wm

VIntage style dress made from a thrift store sheet

My 12yo chose a commercial pattern for her dress this year (Simplicity 8051). It is a retro style with a cute, triangle cutout in the back. We got it for $1 at Joann’s so I was willing to give it a try. I have always hated patterns by those big companies. They are anything but “simple” and I would rather draft my own and figure it out myself. (I have found some pdf patterns by smaller designers to be very well done, however.)

rockabilly dress

open triangle back dress

She is also at a very awkward, in-between age. By measurements she fit a misses pattern, but I found that it wasn’t designed for her body type. I had to remake the entire top and redraft the pattern quite a bit. Even then, I still had to make some changes. It was very frustrating and I could have just drafted it myself from the beginning.

retro dress

I learned some new techniques with this dress, but I did not like some of the construction process and ended up improving it. It meant a lot of hand stitching. It was tedious, but it looks so much better!

inside dress construction

I learned how to do a proper narrow hem on a curve. I was very, very happy with how that turned out.

narrow dress hem

I also made her a pettiskirt from a ruffled curtain, but she won’t wear it. 🙁

Overall, the dress turned out OK. It isn’t my favorite and doesn’t fit as well as the ones I draft for her from measurements. It is a fun style, though.

I will be blogging about the rest of the girls’ dresses in the next week or so, so keep checking back to see more!

 
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