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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Two Dollar and Fifty Cent Dress

Did you read my blog post yesterday? Well if you didn't, go back and read it. The panty party is over. I think I even spy a pair of newly sewn panties on the floor! WTH happened there?

I also wondered if I could sew a new dress before work. It happened. It came out exactly like I envisioned. Do you like it?




I'm really starting to embrace the vintage inspired shift/and or tent dresses. This is my own concoction. I think I might be able to audition for Project Runway. I started this dress at 1 p.m. and was getting into the shower at 2:30 p.m. I started out with what is going to be my TNT (shift/tent dress) pattern with Butterick 5522. I added 3" width at the side seam from the hem gradually going back to the original side seam at the bust area. I added an inverted pleat to the center front and sewed it down to the top of the bust. Of course I've added a side seam bust dart. Finally, I morphed the upper back portion of McCalls 6559 (faux racerback).

I sewed the entire dress on the machine. I didn't use facings but instead serged the neck and arm, turned under and finished with double needle stitching.




The hems were also machine-stitched.




I love this dress and all of this fabulousness only cost $2.50! My favorite Salvation Army almost always has fabric and I've gotten some wonderful "vintage" fabrics. This is a lighter weight Polly and Esther fabric and I love it.



This is a side view showing the slight high-low hemline.




I carried this vintage handbag I found at a garage sale a few years ago for .50! I had to have it. I'm glad I remembered it and was able to pair it with my new dress. The pearls are the finishing touch. I just love it when a garment comes together.

15 comments:

  1. I love the vintageness you styled here. The fabric is gorgeous especially since it's red, white and blue. Too cute! Love the red accents too.

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  2. Love it--I'm falling in love with vintage shifts/dresses too. The colors and accessories are a hit!

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  3. Pretty dress and perfect with the shoes & cardigan.

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  4. I'm in awe of the fact that you made such a cute dress in 90 minutes! Love it and the shoes & bag combo!

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  5. Love the dress and am so impressed that you are so fast!

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  6. You look fabulous! Love the dress---I love what I call the "quick and dirty" projects. And I am at most creative with very inexpensive fabric. I freeze when it costs too much!

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  7. This is just too cute! What a great use of time to create such a nice looking garment! Fabulous! Love, love, love the shoes and the purse too!

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  8. great job! so pretty and always feels nice to have something done quickly and inexpensively :)

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  9. Yes I do like it a lot!! Especially because it only took youmamfery short period of time to create too! That's my kind of dress...inexpensive, quick and chic!

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  10. Saw your review at PR and had to jump over here to get the full details. Love this dress and such a great job in a short period of time. Great colors and your vintage bag is perfect. Love, love, love the shoes, too!

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  11. You always look fabulous! And who can beat 2.50 especially when it makes you look like a million bucks.

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