This past winter, we were the fortunate recipients of a plethora of vintage items from the estate of a distant relative. While several were vintage dresses, suits, and skirts that remarkably fit me (!!), there were also quite a few vintage fabrics! This length of cotton seemed perfect for a simple summer dress and I tried to take cues from all the real-vintage dresses I've seen lately and keep it super simple.
I tend to over-think everything, so it really was a stretch to keep this bare-bones! I think I succeeded pretty well, and I'm certainly happy with the result.
Since this was such a basic dress, I was glad that it had stripes to play around with! Making sure all the pattern pieces would fit on my yardage with matched stripes added a nice challenge and then I got to play around with the tiny scraps to come up with a pocket detail.
The fabric is a lightweight, finely woven cotton with stripes of alternating light blue and violet woven in. It's not a color combination I'm naturally drawn to, so it was fun to break outside my usual. ;-)
I ended up having the perfect number of buttons in the correct color already in my stash, so this dress was essentially free- hooray!
This project was a fun exercise in fabric conservation- I started out with a limited amount of fabric and since it's vintage- of course it's narrow. ;-P It limited my options for pattern style, but ended up being the perfect excuse for another use for my beloved Butterick 5920, my previous version is here. As before, I extended the shoulders of the sleeveless version into kimono sleeves.
We picked up quite a few vintage scarves at estate sales last year and I was pleased that this hand painted scarf was just the right shade of blue! Since this is my first summer with short hair, I have been relying on scarves as my back-up in case of emergency. You know- Curl-crippling humidity. Late nights/early mornings that leave not *quite* enough time for a sturdy curl. Etc.
The dress has lots of shoulder and neck coverage, which- Hooray! means less sunscreen. ;-)
· Photos by Kathryn! ·