Thursday, January 12, 2012

made: 1950's jagged yoke dress

If you can stretch your memories back to October and November then you will remember when I started making the little red dress on the pattern below... I am happy to say I did finish it! Quite some time ago actually, but I am just now getting around to sharing it after the busy holidays.

 As you can see, it's a little big for LM across the shoulders which I thought it would be. I have found that vintage sewing patterns tend to be pretty true to size or even a little bigger, whereas actual vintage clothing tends to be on the small side - anyone else experience this? Of course, it's fine since that just means she won't grow out of it as fast!

The hemlines in vintage patterns, however, are always short - which is good if you want some cute ruffled bloomers to peek out, not so good if there's a princess pantie peep-show going on... I lowered the hemline on this dress, first, because LM is tall for her age, and second, to save me the work of lowering it later if/when she has a growth spurt.

I really love the jagged yoke with the buttons. The method was so simple, I think I'll post a tutorial on how to do it soon. It's these little unique details in vintage clothing that really get me - the yokes, the collars, the pockets!

Have you been sewing lately?


  1. This is so sweet Stacy! I love the colors you picked, painfully adorable.

    I seriously have a bag of about 30 vintage kids patterns sitting in my sewing room that I will never use. If you'd like them, please email me!

  2. haha, princess panty peep show...

    absolutely darling stace! and so is avery. she could be a pattern model.

    i'm still working on the quilt i started when i was like 6 months pregnant. labor of love indeed.

  3. Oh that is SO sweet! I love the fabric combo. I have a kid's vintage coat pattern that has "not suitable for chubby girls" printed right on the front! Can you imagine? Anyway, you can probably guess what I'm sewing..all PR&P, all the time! :)

  4. Really,really cute!! Love the fabric and that zigzag detail!

  5. Super cute! Nice job! You are so talented. :)

  6. you are so talented! i'm just now brushing the dust off of the vintage singer that i acquired & vowing that i'm going to teach myself to sew before the year is over.

  7. love it, especially the colours/fabric, LM looks so cute in the pics

  8. Love this dress! So sweet, and the simple yoke detail really makes it special :)

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