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BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern Contest 2013 - Retro Summer...

Added Feb 15, 2013

by selvedgestudio

Missoula, Montan...






This project has been a wonderful opportunity to play around with patterns and vintage styling from the new BurdaStyle book. My designs are inspired by the flirty, full-skirted styles of the 1950’s sundress. Using bias stripes, contrasting fabrics, and incorporating true vintage details like adorable pockets and a fabric covered belt create an authentic vintage look. Adding modern details like an invisible zipper, a shorter skirt length, and easy-to-wear fabric gives this vintage inspired dress all the modern necessities.

Working at an amazing fabric shop, Selvedge Studio in Missoula Montana, and being a student of Costume Design at the University of Montana, makes it easy for me to incorporate vintage inspired pieces I’ve made into my everyday wardrobe. I grew up sewing and have been working at Selvedge for three years, helping people pick out fabric and teaching sewing classes. My obsession with all things vintage (from clothes, to hair, to martinis) has grown with my skills in sewing and costume design. Although my major is in Marketing from the School of Business Administration, I spend most of my time on my minor in Theatre and Costume Design.

Thank you for inspiring my creativity, and congratulations on the release of the new book!

Best regards,

Gwen Mann, and Selvedge Studio

Option 3: Create your own variation project using one or more master pattern(s) and/or variation project(s) from the BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern book.

Patterns used:
Bodice: Inspired by ‘Greta Day Dress’ pattern-darts used instead of princess seams
Skirt: Inspired by ‘Louisa Drop-Waist Dress’-used Lower Flounce pattern and extended in length.
Pocket: Inspired by vintage 1950s dress pattern


Fabric: 100% cotton
Trim: velvet ribbon
Closure: tie halter neck/invisible zipper
Worn with petticoat

Shoes: vintage reproduction style made by Remix
Jewelry: vintage screw-back pearl earrings (personal); vintage 3 strand necklace purchased from Leah Morrow (one of the owners of Selvedge Studio)

Material Notes

100& cotton fabric, velvet ribbon trim. Machine washable.




Summer, Spring
Garment Type


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_Hair & Makeup/Styling_

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    Apr 22, 2013, 07.12 PMby artisvitro23

    Gorgeous Dress :)

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    Feb 17, 2013, 11.32 AMby frkbustad

    Lovely shape! I really like the details on the pockets, and colour combination.

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    Feb 16, 2013, 10.54 AMby asperge11

    Amazing! Good job :)

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    Feb 16, 2013, 01.51 AMby ariation

    Very nice retro look! Good luck

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