Saturday, 1 August 2015

A Polka Dot Vintage Shirt Dress

Hi there. Have you had a good week? Mine has been rather tiring and trying as I strived to complete a massive pre-holiday to list at work. But that none of that matters anymore as the out of office is on and I can finally unwind and get excited about being on holiday. I'm also excited to share this make with you.

Polka dot Vintage Shirt Dress


Hot off the heels of my first Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress, is another version. I hadn't planned to make another so quickly and this was the surprise make of my sewcation. I totally blame the fabric. I had popped into Masons to get buttons for my sleeveless Granville and spotted the polka dots hiding underneath the counter. After thinking that  polka dots should never be stored out of the way, I spotted this dusty pink and white beauty. I knew immediately what it would become. I honestly don't think I have ever put fabric into pre wash as quickly as I did with this, that is how excited I was to use it! 

Thankfully through the excitement came a little voice reminding me to lower the arm holes a little. They fit much better in this version although I should have taken them a tad lower to be fully comfortable. 

Polka dot Vintage Shirt Dress


Due to the easy nature of cotton, this dress took no time to complete. The most time consuming part were the buttonholes. When buying the fabric, I decided to get the buttons too. I chose small white ones and knew that I would need more than the eight suggested by the pattern. I settled on twelve. Making the button holes reminded me of a lesson I knew but had forgotten. Sewing machines are, rightly, fussy eaters. I had the prefect matching pink thread that made the white buttons stand out from the fabric. Sadly I couldn't complete my plan as the thread is of poor quality and my machine just churned it up or snapped it with amazing ease. After the second failed attempt I switched to white thread. Lesson firmly re-learnt! 

Polka dot Vintage Shirt Dress


I lowered the hem by 1.5cm on this version and used my blind hem foot. I did manage to use the pink thread for this and it worked well although it did snap a couple of times. This should have been fair warning for the button holes as I hemmed the dress before adding them. The hem is pretty neat on the outside so no one will know that the inside isn't quite up to scratch. 

Polka dot Vintage Shirt Dress


Needless to say, I absolutely adore this dress. I seem to have settled on styling it with a white belt and pink sandals or white flats. It feels very 1950s, or Sandy before she met Danny as one of my colleagues told me. Do you agree?

10 comments:

  1. Definitely Sandy before she met Danny! It looks lovely on you. Have a wonderful holiday.

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    1. Thanks, Sam. Needless to say this dress is already packed!

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  2. I don't know who Sandy and Danny are but the dress looks beautiful on you. I love how you styled it with white buttons, belt and shoes. The only thing I wonder: do you have to wear it with a slip to prevent the cotton sticking to your unmentionables? I've often have that problem with my cotton summer dresses but wearing a slip below is just to hot.

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    1. Thank you! Danny and Sandy are from Grease and this dress feels like it could have come straight from that film. I haven't had any problems with the cotton sticking yet although I am anticipating them as soon as I go back to tights...

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  3. I'm so glad that I'm not the only person "who just went in for buttons..."!! It would have been criminal to leave this fabric behind. Your dress is gorgeous, and I agree that it is very Sandy.

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    1. Thanks, Lynne. Is it even possible just to buy buttons?! There was no way I was leaving the shop with fabric regret!

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  4. Hi, I really like your version. Think I'll have a go at a sleeveless one too. Had the same problem with tightness under the arms but the tutor did say this was part of the vintage style when clothes were far more fitted.

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    1. Thank you. I hadn't thought of the vintage style with the arms. I love the fitted look but not around my arms!

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  5. Sandy before she met Danny! That made me LOL!

    Hope you enjoy your holiday (I'm sure you will!)

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  6. It's really pretty! I can definitely see the Sandy before she met Danny thing. Hope you're having a good holiday!

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