Added Jan 12, 2013
Late last year I got an email from the lovely Jamie Lau of BurdaStyle, who is one of the authors of the new BurdaStyle book, Sewing Vintage Modern. In her email she asked me if I would like to try out one of the patterns from the book. I happen to be a sucker for dresses, especially when they are styled with a 1950s aesthetic, so of course I asked to do the Elizabeth Gathered-Waist Dress.
Awhile back, my mom gave me a set of vintage bandanas that she found while thrifting. I have been meaning to use them in a sewing project ever since, and the simple bodice of this dress pattern seemed like the perfect opportunity. To incorporate the bandana, I started by rounding off the square neckline of the pattern. Once the pattern pieces were cut in the main fabric, I positioned the bandana to my liking and cut it to match the pattern. Last I basted the neckline and straight stitched along the edges.
After attaching the skirt to the bodice, I decided to add some pleats above the hem to make it a bit more interesting. I will admit that I wasn’t very precise with this part and just eyeballed it as I sewed. Surprisingly it didn’t turn into a disaster, and I’m super happy with the result!
I would definitely recommend this dress pattern. It is simple with a flattering fit, plus it is easy to alter and sew. I’m looking forward to trying some of the other variations for this pattern that are in the book, including the adorable Lillian Blouse.
Also on my blog! nattyjanesews.blogspot.com
Cotton chambray, invisible zipper, vintage bandana.
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