I did a wedding job a couple of weeks ago, and the couple wanted a fifties flair to their wedding, so we played old classics like That´s Amore, Mambo Italiano and a lot of Sinatra classics. Just look at Rosemary Clooney in this video. She is fantastic! (Did you know – she was the aunt of George Clooney?)

Best of all was that I had an excuse to make an over-the-top fifties dress, and be able to wear it! Yey!!!

Here´s the pattern:

…and here´s the result:

Vogue Vintage 2960 Vogue Vintage 2960

Vogue Vintage 2960 Vogue Vintage 2960

It´s obvious from the photos, I see this now, that I should have adjusted the waist a bit – see where my belt is, and where the seam is? But when I made it I had more concerns with the closing.

Originally this pattern calls for bound buttonholes. I don´t have the fabulous tool everybody is talking about, and I have never made bound buttonholes before either. I tried making some from scraps, but soon understood that there was NO WAY I would be able to make nine (!) buttonholes on a straight line…Soo, my fantastic mother suggested I make the closing that you see in the pictures. It´s just loops of satin cord sewn onto the facing. This, off course gave me some other concerns, as the whole thing didn´t come out symmetrical. The buttons are 1,5 cm to the right of the middle. But, at that point, I just ignored it and made it work.

I am very happy with the result, though! This is a pattern I have been wanting to try for a long time, and when I found this fabric I knew they were the perfect team! This dress is marked Easy on the envelope, how it´s possible to say that a dress with a million pieces, bound buttonholes and a fitted bodice is easy, is more that I can understand, but it is really fun to sew up with you have a bit more experience!

OK, so that´s the last summer dress for the year – I promise!

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  1. Noel (Hoyden) on 26/08/2010 at 11:32

    That dress came out beautiful! I’ve been debating on making this dress for a Pin-Up Girl style calendar photo shoot that we’re doing for a charity. Now that I’ve seen the dress made, I think I’ll give it a go.

  2. Samantha on 26/08/2010 at 11:34

    What a lovely dress, especially the back and the fabric is wonderful.

    Hälsningar från en annan syentusiast från Uppsala!

  3. Alana on 26/08/2010 at 12:45

    Wow… I adore that fabric!… and that brooch is amazing.

  4. Jana @ Weekend Vintage on 26/08/2010 at 15:07

    Ohmygoodness….my grandma had a dress that looked just like that. I remember it perfectly. It’s lovely!!
    Jana

  5. Erica B. on 26/08/2010 at 20:39

    Your dress is truly stunning. I have ordered a few vintage Vogue patterns but as a novice sewer they make me very very nervous!!

  6. Sarah on 27/08/2010 at 06:10

    Lovely, lovely! Your jewellery is awesome!

  7. Sølvi on 27/08/2010 at 07:21

    Thank you so much, everybody!
    @Noel: go for it!
    @Samantha: Kul! Jag köpte tyget på Ohlssons tyger i Stockholm!
    @Alana and Sarah: The jewellery was my great-grandmothers. I´m so happy to be able to use it from time to time.
    @Jana: That´s the best compliment ever! 🙂
    Erica B: Thanks, the good thing about this pattern is that it has quite clear instructions, so just take your time and have fun with it!

  8. Stephanie on 27/08/2010 at 16:03

    Super cute! You did a great job!

  9. KhristieB on 27/08/2010 at 22:11

    I want this dress, or at least the pattern! LOVE!

  10. Mary on 27/08/2010 at 22:34

    Gorgeous dress, and jewelry!!

  11. pam on 29/08/2010 at 17:51

    I love your dress – and great job on the buttons! I have this pattern and am thinking about making it – glad you did it!!

  12. nancy on 31/08/2010 at 21:44

    the dress and the fabric are so yummy – what a dreamy look – congratulations!

  13. Ali on 01/09/2010 at 04:54

    Holy Cannoli, lady, this is stunning! So jealous. I need someone to invite me some place fancy so I can have an excuse to sew something beautiful like that. 😉

  14. Sølvi on 01/09/2010 at 11:51

    Thank you, all.
    Ali: I think we all should consider having a gorgeous dress day a month. A day when everyone just walks around in fabulous dresses. Just to get an excuse to make dresses like this! 🙂

  15. Tasia on 03/09/2010 at 23:18

    So pretty! I have this pattern but haven’t made it up yet. I love the loop closure as a nice sneaky way to avoid the bound buttonholes, hehe. The fabric is just perfect for this dress too!

    • Sølvi on 07/09/2010 at 10:08

      Thank you!

  16. Valerie on 07/09/2010 at 15:53

    Love the video clip of Rosie almost as much as I love your recreation of this fun 50’s dress! Your finished dress is beautifully sewn and perfect for a 50’s theme wedding. Fabulous! (P.S. Thanks for posting the clip!)

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