Hello dears! My week has been quite busy with starting my Senior year of High School, various singing activities, getting some sewing in… though it’s been a challenge, it’s a good one 🙂 I mentioned in my Lately post about a dress that I was refashioning from an old 1950s sundress that was made for my birthday several years ago: and here it is to share with you for this week’s Classy on Sunday!
The old birthday frock had become too small for me, so I took off the ample skirt and managed to squeeze out this dress! I had around 2.5 yards give or take, and I used Brigid’s pattern for her princess seamed sun top. I made wider straps that are pleated in the front and left wide in the back. And although they fit perfectly when I’m standing up, sitting down is another matter entirely 😛 I think that I will have to add bra strap keeps for the next time I wear it, which will be an easy fix.
The skirt was the big challenge of this dress, actually. I realized as I was pinning down the pleats that this was the first pleated skirt I had ever made! I’ve altered garments before that have had pre-pleated skirts that I didn’t mess with, but I had never started from scratch. And to say that the math eluded me is an understatement 😉 All the tutorials online gave the formula for how many pleats you wanted with your waist measurement to calculate how much fabric you would need. But what use is that formula if you have a fixed amount of fabric and you wonder how many pleats/what size of pleats to make? I was running around the house holding my head trying to figure out the math, LOL 😉 And although I did receive help from some fellow seamstresses online, I eventually had to just wing it. I made 6 centered pleats in total: two in front, two in back, and one on each side. I’m pretty happy with the result, and I managed to get them all very even in measurement. My only alteration that I would have made to this method would be to reverse the pleats so that they were more of a box pleat. But oh well! There’s always next time 🙂
Dress: Handmade / Shoes: Seychelles via Amazon / Necklace & Hat: Vintage / Earrings: Charming Charlies / Lip Color: Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Cherry / Nail Polish: Butter London in Ladybird
I think my favorite part of the whole dress is this bow! I used some left-over scraps to fashion it, and then added snaps to the back of the dress and the back of the bow to fasten it on. I must say that I felt quite clever adding on this delightful little detail 😉
And although this little fact is hidden from everybody when I’m wearing it, I finished all of the seams inside, which makes me quite satisfied. 🙂 Don’t you just love slipping on one of your hand-mades, knowing that everything about it fits pretty perfectly, or that the little seams inside are all finished…? It’s all in the details, no?
Now as to the era which inspired this make: I was originally going for 1940s for several reasons: 1) I just adore that era for fashion and History, 2) I had a very limited amount of fabric, so a less than full skirt fit in nicely with the decade in question, and 3) I was basing it off of some sundresses I have seen before in Sears and Roebuck catalogs from the 40s. So, when I was putting together the outfit for this dress, I was thinking strictly 40s… but now that I look back at the pictures, I realize that this could go for mid-to-late 40s and early 50s, so the era quite eludes me 😉 What do you think? 1940s or 1950s?
Oh, and one last thing before I go, I wanted to share with you all that we girls will be having an insta-sale “Shop our Closets” next week! I attached a graphic below detailing it a bit more. If you aren’t on Instagram, be sure to make an account that way you can follow along and claim pieces as we list them 🙂 You can follow on the web in addition to mobile, so if you don’t have a smart phone, etc. you can still comment and claim!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
What era do you think my dress suits best?
Will you be joining in the Insta-Sale?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer