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Flowery 50's dress

Added May 15, 2011

by karinsi

Stockholm, Sweden






I initially started to make this dress for a wedding a few years back. I had some issues with the bodice and wasn’t able to finish it in time for the wedding. The year after another friend was getting married – so I finished the dress for that wedding instead! This was two and a half years ago, and somehow I didn’t take any photos of it at the wedding. So yesterday I put it on again and stepped outside to get some pictures.

The pattern is a reprint of an old vogue pattern (Vogue vintage model 2561). The pattern also includes a blouse – which I used for the jacket of my Mother of all projects . The making was quite straight forward, the instructions are good and the patterns pieces fit well together. Good thing, since there are a few places where the fit needs to be perfect. It calls for some handstitching, but it’s not super tricky to make.

I made the dress from a pair of curtains which I bought second hand. The previous owner has mended them in a really cute way (see picture) and you really can’t tell that the skirt is mended in this way in two places. I almost didn’t have enough fabric to make the whole dress in the same fabric. But I divided the upper part of the bodice into two, and in that way I managed to get all the pieces out. The bodice is lined with another fabric.

This dress really calls for a tulle petticoat, and the online search for a petticoat pattern is what brought me to Burdastyle. I used member elegant-impressions pattern The 50’s petticoat .

Oh, and that’s my cat Sixten posing in the picture.

Material Notes

Cotton/viscose curtains, zipper, snaps.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Eyelet, Linen, Rayon, Tulle

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    Feb 2, 2012, 03.19 PMby missteeheehee

    This is too cute for words…may just be my very first novice dress.

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    Jul 17, 2011, 09.13 PMby silvermink

    Kul att se variationer på det man själv gjort! Har du underkjol under eller? :)

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      Jul 18, 2011, 08.03 AMby karinsi

      Jepp, tyllunderkjol! Jag utgick från ett mönster här på Burdastyle, men gjorde om det för att passa klänningen. Plättlätt, men gör rätt mycket för formen och känslan när man har den på sig.

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    Jun 28, 2011, 08.24 PMby burda-user-524165

    this is so cute! this is just the kind of design I’ve had in mind for some fabric that I’ve been holding onto, I think I’m going to go see if I can find this pattern now!


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      Jul 16, 2011, 10.45 AMby karinsi

      Thanks! I definitely think you should have a go at it. It’s a great pattern to sew from.

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    May 16, 2011, 12.05 PMby Jodi Wade

    Gorgeous dress

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      May 17, 2011, 10.31 AMby karinsi


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    May 16, 2011, 05.33 AMby apfelbluete

    wow! absolutely amazing!

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      May 16, 2011, 09.32 AMby karinsi

      Thank you!

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