Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

Natty's Elizabeth Gathered-Waist Dress

Added Jan 12, 2013

by nattyjane

Berkeley, Califo...






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

Material Notes

Cotton chambray, invisible zipper, vintage bandana.




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

15 Comments Sign in to add a post

  • Project_image_1_large

    Jan 22, 2013, 06.29 AMby Jamie Lau

    Love the hem and neckline!

  • Avatar3_large

    Jan 19, 2013, 12.46 AMby carottesauvage

    one of the most compelling adaptations of the pattern!

  • Dscn0175_large

    Jan 18, 2013, 10.53 AMby kusum k

    It looks very nice,good job.

  • Marj_wedding_465_480x640__large

    Jan 18, 2013, 12.48 AMby EmmaDarwin

    Lucky you.. Looks great :)

  • Me_large

    Jan 17, 2013, 08.10 PMby JEFare

    well done :)

  • Printemps-_t_2012_086_large

    Jan 17, 2013, 02.36 PMby toupinette

    just waouh!

  • 2015_bij_lloyd_large

    Jan 16, 2013, 10.27 AMby olg

    very inspiring! thanks and keep it up :)

  • 5677028981_04f849a446_m_large

    Jan 16, 2013, 06.08 AMby AmyNicoleStudio

    LOVE what you did with the bandana – genius! So going to copy that ;) Also love the pleats you added to the hem.. which got me thinking.. could be a fun way to hem a skirt or dress thats a bit too long!

  • 300px-b5274-2_large

    Jan 13, 2013, 08.34 PMby nookie

    everything about this dress is gorgeous and give me a great idea for using some scarves of my mothers.

  • Img_5396_large

    Jan 13, 2013, 04.33 PMby pampula

    I love the idea of using bandana in dress bodice and your dress looks so pretty and fun!

  • Image223_large

    Jan 13, 2013, 02.23 AMby tilshmil

    Very pretty! I love the way you used the bandana, genius! The hem is wonderful, subtle but great design. I would wear your dress proudly! Well done!

  • Img_0885_large

    Jan 12, 2013, 05.25 PMby prettysewinggirl

    Wow, great job :) love your ideas… and it all came out very very well :)

  • Mgn_2776_large

    Jan 12, 2013, 10.50 AMby klasika

    Great job! Like it very much! (:

  • Imgp1690_large

    Jan 12, 2013, 10.15 AMby gemmafloyd

    I love the idea with using a bandana! I have a couple lying out there, which I think I might just use for a dress pattern! I love the color combination as well!

  • 20170310_191639_large

    Jan 12, 2013, 09.21 AMby Mary Athey

    You did a fab.job with this pattern. I love the added bandana!! It makes the dress so unique.x

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Add to Favorites 46 people added it