Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The late 40's "Pansy" summer frock

Well, be proud of me people because what I'm showing you is the very first handmade dress of my whole sewing life!!!

It's basically drafted from the same pattern I had already used for the floral jacket; I simply lengthened the bodice pieces and turned it into a shirtwaist dress with  A-line skirt (and oh how much I love that floaty skirt!!!)

I decided to use a light, drapey cotton satin, very soft and with a touch of sheer. 
I've always been fond of fabrics with floral prints and these pansies were no exception - they're actually my favourite flowers too...:)

I couldn't help putting a ribbon - I must be really obsessed with nipped-in waists!
 Well, they're a classic detail of the late 40's look, along with the soft shoulder line and calf-length skirt.

^A couple of the back.

While the front openings are both interfaced, the body of the dress is totally unlined - I'm just wearing a separate underskirt to let it drape nicely without altering the fit.

 This project caused me quite a lot of headache: you must know that it once had sleeves - after a crazy struggle to set them in, I found out I didn't like at all the way they looked (eheh yes, I guess a mistake might have occurred...), so after long weeks of indecision I just took them off and trimmed the armholes with a strip of self-fabric bias binding instead. 
It's much much better now, I quite like the cap sleeves and they're always good on hot summer days!

Now I've worn it a couple of times and I can really say it was totally worth the effort: it's even more comfortable than I hoped and I'm totally in love with it!!!
I'm already thinking I might knit a matching cardigan to wear over this frock... oh well, we'll see!

Bye for now :)


  1. What a cute dress! Well done!

    1. Thank you darling <3 Yes,it's been quite a challenge but in the end I'm glad I didn't give up and now am really looking forward to sew my second dress!!!
      Love, Allie :)

  2. Congratulations! The dress is beautiful. I hope you do knit the matching cardigan.

    1. Thank you very much! Oh yes, of course I couldn't resist and I've already stashed the yarn for that... ;)