So here’s a hypothetical question for y’all – where’s the line for calling something vintage? Or even vintage inspired? Because I just drafted this dress (and it’s 2015, in case you forgot) but it strikes me as 70’s does 50’s. As I was working on this dress I realized that with every decision that I made it looked more and more like Vintage Simplicity pattern 6926, from 1976, that I used on my Southwest Eyeblinder Dress. I pleated a dirdnl style skirt instead of a 4-panel A-line and I pleated the ruffle instead of gathering it which give it more of a 50’s feel. Oh yeah, and I added a waistband. And the straps are different. So I guess that just means that what’s similar is the fact that it’s a sundress with a princess seam bodice that dips down a little in the back. Is this dress a modern dress or vintage inspired?
Okay, enough existential questions. Let’s talk about the cute fabric! I’m not usually one for cutesy, instead favoring bold prints. But these strawberries and gingham kept calling to me and they just screamed to be paired with some broderie anglaise ruffled trim. Minerva Crafts supplied the fabric and eyelet. I can heartily recommend the poplin – it’s got a nice weight, drape, and all those other things you would look for in a dress fabric. (In fact, I used the same line of poplin for my last Minerva make – the polka dotted bodice for my Red, White & Retro outfit – and loved it then too!)
Clearly, I pleated the skirt to show off the gingham. It was actually quite easy because the print was visible on the wrong side of the fabric so I just fold each pleat so that the gingham strips aligned and stitched just outside of the gingham strip for 1″. Obviously, I used a strip of the gingham print to make a waistband too. Nothing challenging in doing so, just a little fussy.
Although I usually compulsively understitch everything, in this case I actually topstitched along the top of the bodice. I inserted the lace between the bodice fabric and lining so the lace stuck up without topstitching and I wanted it to lay down.
The only thing I’m not totally sold on is the strap placement in the back. I thought it would be interesting to set the straps near center back, but I’m not sure about the effect. (In all honesty I haven’t stitched the bodice lining in place yet since I’m wavering on the strap placement so it wouldn’t be a nightmare to move them. So chime in if you have an opinion!)
Summer has hit the Pacific Northwest in full force (it’s supposed to be 90F this weekend in Seattle!!) so I’m quite happy to have another sundress in my arsenal since I adore sundresses and really they are best worn when it’s, y’know, sunny.