Fall for Cotton: 1954 Patriotic Seersucker Picnic Dress

Nothing like finishing at the last minute!

1954 Patriotic Seersucker Sundress

1954 Patriotic Seersucker Sundress

I made this dress for the Fall for Cotton challenge, hosted by Rochelle (Lucky Lucille) and Tasha (By Gum By Golly).

I chose Vintage Vogue 2960, a reproduction pattern from 1954.

Vintage Vogue 2960

Vintage Vogue 2960

My version is made of red/white/blue cotton seersucker that I found at Joann’s.  I noticed this fabric earlier in the summer, but didn’t bite until I had a 60% off coupon.  I started off following the directions, but stopped after a couple of steps.  I didn’t do all of the vintage sewing details like bound buttonholes and pinked seams and omitted the facings.  I lined my bodice with swiss cotton dot, which was leftover from a past project.  I also top stitched the bodice.

seersucker dressform

seersucker dressform bodice

seersucker dressform back

The inside

The inside

I found the buttons on clearance at Beverly’s for 20 cents a strip!  They almost nearly match this pearl-ish vintage buckle I got from my grandma’s notion stash.  And yes, I made myself a self fabric belt.  Sometimes I think most all dresses look a little better with a belt or a sash.

seersuckser buckle

This dress uses some of the things that I have been clamoring for in my closet, like seersucker and a patriotic dress.  I am not sure whether you call the fabric pattern a gingham or a check.  I think it looks like a gingham pattern, but someone else called it a check.  I matched up the pattern where I could, but it was nearly impossible to do with the skirt and bodice due to the pleats.  Hopefully the belt broke that up a bit.

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seersucker 3

seersucker back

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I am wearing my light summer petticoat, which is made of cotton muslin.  I used Simplicity 5006 to make it, using view D, but shortening the length.  This pattern is great to make crinolines as well, and I made myself a taffeta petticoat with it for my wedding dress.

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seersucker 8

I just love my vintage frames!  They are a little bit “newer” than the design of this dress as they are from 1960.  I think our old GMC cattle truck is from about 1956 though, so I nearly got the props all right. :)

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Yes, lots of photos as I was having fun taking them. :)

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This dress is so comfortable and fun to wear that I will surely be making another version of it.  I can wear this into fall with a cardi and will be looking forward to wearing it on the 4th of July. :)

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Happy Sewing!

Dress:  Vintage Vogue 2960 in cotton seersucker, made by me

Shoes:  American Eagle Outfitters

Earrings:  Gift from my mom

  • http://csews.com Chuleenan of C Sews

    Nice job matching your fabric! I have this Vogue pattern too but I haven’t made anything yet. I love the front and back neckline on it. Congratulations on finishing your project!

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thank you! You should make it! It’s a great dress to wear. I’m even wearing it now!

  • https://plus.google.com/106687883916339816332 Siri Andersen

    Oh, what a cute dress! You look great :) Love the petticoat showing, I agree; the perfect picnic dress! *I totally need a patriotic dress now*
    Well done!

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      I think everyone needs a patriotic dress!!! :)

  • http://www.shanniloves.blogspot.com ShanniLoves

    Super cute dress! Love the print!

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thanks, Shanni! :)

  • http://www.beccascreativenotions.com Becca

    Such a cute dress! I love it and I love your pictures. :)

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thank you, Becca! :)

  • http://ade11e.blogspot.com adelle

    This dress is super cute on you! I also love the fabric too.

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thanks, Adelle! :)

  • http://www.kathhhhhysews.blogspot.com Kathy

    A-DOR-A-BLE!!!!! I love the fabric here and the scoop neckline in back and I am a sucker for covered belts (which I’ve never actually made myself?!) This is totally how to do vintage without being costume-y…you can wear this most any day. Well, any warm, summery day :)

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thanks, Kathy! It is a very wearable dress and in fact, I was wearing it today! My belt actually isn’t covered belting. It’s like making a sash with interfacing inside and then sewn onto a buckle and then adding grommets. I prefer this method to using belting. Much easier and faster!

  • http://www.tresbienensemble.com Michelle

    I love your dress!!! I have some serious fabric envy right now. Fantastic job sewing this!

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thank you! I was in love with the fabric from the first time I saw it and knew it would make a great retro dress. :)

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  • http://www.thegreenviolet.blogspot.com Megan

    This so adorable! I really love it. The scoop back with the cap sleeves is just the perfect combination.

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thanks, Megan! It’s a great pattern. I highly recommend it.

  • http://www.catsandcalico.blogspot.com/ Beth Conkwright

    Dress looks adorable. Great job fitting.

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thank you! It’s one of my favorites.

  • http://sewiststitch.blogspot.co.nz/ Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)

    What a great dress. The shape is very flattering. I love this length on you and the petticoat is perfect.

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thank you! It’s definitely a pattern to make again.

  • http://thegarmentfarmer.wordpress.com the Garment Farmer

    This turned out fabulous. very cute pattern, and I love the pics with the truck–what a perfect prop!

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thanks! :) Yes, the truck is a perfect prop! It has to be a certain time of day though to take photos in front for the light. It really adds to 50s/60s dresses

  • http://deconstructaltercreate.blogspot.com/ Peg sewer

    A great dress ! You are probably having more fun with your sewing than the remaining contestants!

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thanks, Peg! Yes! I don’t have to sew with the knits they sent me! Not my colors or style. You were lucky with your package. I bet you’ve made something fabulous!

      • http://www.shanniloves.blogspot.com ShanniLoves

        Ha! I agree with Peg! :)>

  • http://aebgledhill.wordpress.com Amanda

    That’s a great bit of matching on the front of the skirt! Looks great.

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thank you, Amanda! It took some time to do that and I like that effect!

  • http://www.roxthinks.blogspot.com Rox

    Cool dress! And the pictures are lovely!

    • http://missushughes.wordpress.com/ tanya maile

      Thanks, Rox! It’s fun to wear!