You may have seen me mentioning various spots ‘round the web that I was working on a red linen version of the 50s sundress I made last month. I finally finished it late last week and was able to get some pictures to share with you!
I’m really pleased with how this turned out. Instead of the full, gathered skirt of the gingham version, I opted to use a straight pencil-style skirt I drafted last year. This was partly due to yardage limitations (the red linen was a piece I picked up on clearance last year, so I only had so much!), and also because I wanted something that had a slightly “50s bombshell” vibe to it. You may notice the length is a lot longer than I normally hem my dresses; I was envisioning the sort of piece that looks like I just grabbed it off a rack of genuine 50s dresses, so I wanted a length that read “vintage”. I also scooped the back neckline a bit (I think I’d lower it more next time—but I didn’t want to run into the problem of not being able to wear a strapless bra) and added a vent at the skirt hem to allow for easy walking. The entire dress is lined in a lightweight cotton so I don’t have to wear a slip (it’s too hot right now!), but it breathes and helps keep the linen from wrinkling too much.
The only criticism I have is that after looking at these photos, I think I’d taper the skirt a bit more towards the hem. Because I went with a longer length I think it could easily slip into “boxy” territory if I’m not careful. I might go back and rework those side seams eventually. But for now, I really love how it turned out—I’ve worn it several times already!
Is it possible to be too in love with a dress style?! I think this bodice has become a go-to for this summer!
Pattern: self-drafted bodice and skirt (see the tutorial here on how to draft your own bodice).
Fabric/Notions: red linen, cotton lining, white bias binding, zipper (both the binding and zipper were thrifted—yay!).
Alterations: added a fitted skirt pattern. I also modified the issue I had with the first dress bodice around the armholes.
Techniques: lapped zipper insertion, adding a short length of chain to weight the back vent.
Make Again? Um… Do I really need to make another version of this dress?! lol. But if I could, I would… So yes!
Outfit: shoes: Remix Vintage “Rita” heels | purse: vintage telephone cord handbag | earrings: Getty Museum | belt: thrifted