Hello there, friends!
It’s another lemon dress! This time a 1940’s iteration with the Decades of Style Dorothy Lara dress.
I used this lovely lemon print cotton lawn from Gertie’s fabric collection at JoAnn’s. I looked at this fabric in the store and online ever since it was released, but didn’t bite until I saw Sara Jolie’s beautiful 1950’s shirt dress that she made with it. I wanted a light summery fabric to make another Dorothy Lara dress with and this fabric definitely fit the bill, especially as it was 60% off.
The print on the fabric is a bit muted and the cotton lawn isn’t great quality, but I do love this fabric and I’m happy with it. I’ve always loved lemon prints and it’s awesome that they’re in style right now. This one was lovely to sew with and after washing 3 times (cold water and line dried), still looks the same.
I’ve made four Dorothy Lara dresses now (one I have yet to blog), so there isn’t much different with this one. I graded it up 1-2 sizes and lined the skirt with yellow cotton batiste. I made this dress right before I left for our summer vacation and I thought I took some photos of the inside to share with you, but apparently I didn’t, so you’ll have to take my word for it on the lining. I haven’t changed the design nor have I done any alterations. Looking at the above photo, I probably should start doing a swayback adjustment to the back bodice, but it’s meant to be a blouson peasant style dress, so it doesn’t bother me.
This dress is so comfortable and perfect to wear in the hot California summer. It was also comfortable to travel in, which is always a plus. With the faux smocking, I’ve made this dress now in silk, silk/cotton, cotton voile and now cotton lawn, and I think perhaps lawn is the best fabric for ease of sewing the gathers.
I’m not sure if I’ve seen a lemon print in a vintage 1940’s dress before, but I like it! 🙂
- Dress: Decades of Style 1940’s Dorothy Lara Dress in cotton lawn, made by me
- Shoes: Saltwater Sandals
- Earrings: Bauble Bar
- Sunglasses: ModCloth