Added Jul 17, 2011
I found 4m of this fabric—-a lightweight red with white polkadots—-at the thrift store and knew it had to be a sundress. The pattern was loosely inspired by the Katjusha, but I made significant changes both for fit and style: lengthened the bodice to hip-length, greatly reduced the top curves of the neckline, re-shaped the princess seam, created a ruched front panel by doubling the length of the original centre-front pattern piece and gathering it, and completely omitted the darts. For the skirt I used a simple gathered rectangle (composed of all the fabric I had left), plus a gathered, tiered underskirt. And petticoat, of course. The back is shirred, which makes it both super-comfy and easy to get in and out of.
Also, I think it goes smashingly with my 50s shrug ;)
This may be my favourite item of the summer yet. Further details on the making on my blog
Lightweight plain weave fabric (voile or lawn?), probably a cotton-poly blend, found at the thrift store; plain cotton for lining.
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