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Vintage poppy dress

Added Jan 3, 2015

by PennyMac

Bristol, United ...






I went to a 1940s Swing Dance party on new year’s eve. Unfortunately my swing dancing isn’t up to much, but I did make a vintage style dress to wear. The print is not so vintage, but I’ve had my eye on this fabric for a while, so what the hell.
The dress is based on Burda Shari 7951, but I did quite a lot of alterations. Firstly, I have to do a full bust alteration on anything. The big question then is where to do you put all that extra fullness? I added a yoke and pleated the front into that. I also made a big discovery – when hiding bust fullness the armscye is your friend! Some of the extra bust fullness is taken up by increasing the curve of the front armscye (and extending the sleeve head to match).
I made leg-o-mutton short sleeves instead of the cap ones in the pattern.
The pattern is fully lined, but I omitted the lining and I didn’t interface the … what would you call it… the band around the middle. Instead both that and the shoulder yoke are double thickness fabric. I added a facing to the neck line and bound the raw edged with bias binding made from a scrap of lining fabric.

I’m pleased with the result; my mum said she had a dress in that style, so I guess I must have got it about right. However, I’m not sure I can wear it again as it stands. I may take the puffy sleeves off and put cap sleeves on so I can wear it as a summer dress this summer.

Material Notes

Cotton print




Garment Type

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    May 8, 2015, 09.48 AMby vinia789

    I love the vintage look…perfect.

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      May 10, 2015, 03.59 PMby PennyMac


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    Jan 14, 2015, 10.04 AMby yenny lee


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    Jan 5, 2015, 04.28 AMby seabreit

    I like the fabric,proportions are good for your height.The leg of mutton sleeves really complete the look.Love the shoes too. Hope the party was fun!

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      Jan 5, 2015, 08.41 AMby PennyMac

      It was fun. It’s always nice to play dressing up :)
      Thank you.

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    Jan 4, 2015, 11.21 PMby liliv-1

    I like everything about this dress and your shoes are amazing – You look fantastic!

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      Jan 5, 2015, 08.41 AMby PennyMac

      thank you, Liliv

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    Jan 4, 2015, 11.13 AMby floralgirl

    Really nice dress. Great photo and setting too. i’ve always really liked this pattern and I like the floral fabric.

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      Jan 4, 2015, 01.07 PMby PennyMac


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    Jan 4, 2015, 03.41 AMby rita61

    Great dress on you. You definitely captured the theme of the party.

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      Jan 4, 2015, 01.07 PMby PennyMac

      thank you

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    Jan 4, 2015, 01.13 AMby Mary Athey

    This dress. Looks fabulous on you, love your fabric choice x

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      Jan 4, 2015, 01.07 PMby PennyMac


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