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Hello Summer - 50s retro dress in red polkadot cotton

Added Apr 28, 2013

by Irina Schwab

Aylesbury, Unite...






I had this fabric for a while, however did not quite had the weather to inspire me.

Well, the wait is over, I managed to transform the fabric into a quick summer, bold dress for a 50s style birthday party.

The cotton is very good quality and absolutely lovely to work with. I would recommend some fabrics with some body for maximum effect. I used a 1956 retro Butterick pattern and added the bias red hemming for a bold, nice touch.

The dress features side concealed zip, 6 panel skirt, silk crepe lined bodice and butterfly wings.

Worn with a crinoline, Moschino Love tote and M&S patent shoes.


Material Notes

100% cotton fabric in red polka dots 2.5 m , crepe satin (1/2 m) and good quality bias tape.




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Bridal, Vintage

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    May 10, 2013, 03.53 PMby pictureit17

    Awesome dress! I have this pattern and now I really want to make this version of the dress.

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    May 2, 2013, 12.00 AMby pamchar

    Gorgeous dress!

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    Apr 29, 2013, 02.27 PMby chrissal

    its Gorgeous!

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    Apr 29, 2013, 12.31 PMby Elina Belova

    It is absolutely fabulous dress for birthday party.

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      May 1, 2013, 09.10 PMby Irina Schwab

      thanks. yes, it gets you in the centre of everyone’s attention!!! x

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    Apr 29, 2013, 11.25 AMby sleepy-dumpling

    The dress is amazing! The fabric is very striking. I just bought this pattern and can’t wait to use it. Several others have also sewn this pattern, it’s amazing how different they are!

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      May 1, 2013, 09.11 PMby Irina Schwab

      Good luck! I have made this dress 4 times before, it looks different, depends on the fabric I suppose!

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    Apr 28, 2013, 09.00 PMby rita61

    Beautiful! So nice and fresh!

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    Apr 28, 2013, 07.11 PMby Mary Athey

    hello summer hello gorgeous dress!!! i adore this dress. its just divine on you and the fabrics fabulous. love this so much x

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      Apr 28, 2013, 07.39 PMby Irina Schwab

      Mary, it is the fabric, it is good quality cotton, DC Fabrics I think it is called.

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    Apr 28, 2013, 06.45 PMby liliv-1

    It’s stunning!

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