Amongst my love of all things vintage is vintage inspired sewing. Since I was 13 I have perused vintage sewing patterns, vintage beauty books, vintage magazines, and vintage pictures. I especially love the 50’s and early 60’s and icons like Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie O’, that exude the classic simple beauty of the era.
As I shared last week, this summer, I found a geometric print that I just knew would make the perfect vintage inspired sheath. I had also found some blue and white stripped seersucker to make a Vintage Inspired Sailors Outfit that I made for my son.
The dress is from the New Look Pattern 6023 and I shortened the bodice so that the waistband would hit higher rather than being a drop waist. (If you look closely at the pattern the way it looks on the model and the illustrations of it don’t match up.) Shortening the waist made it look more like the illustrations and hence a bit more vintage-y.
I love this dress! It was not super easy to sew as there were quite a few pattern pieces.I had meant to make a muslin but got caught up in starting the dress and forgot! The waist ended up fitting fine as all I did was subtract two inches from the bodice while cutting the pattern but I would have liked for the bodice darts to be placed a bit differently. I definitely love this look and I will make the pattern again…AFTER I make and fit the muslin!
As usual photo credits go to Bruette Photography (also my husband–love him)!