sewing a 50's housedress completed


I was planning on posting pics of this dress ages ago but you know how it is.

Today, I finally put it on and Pj was kind enough to snap a few pics so you all could see. I used a modern pattern (McCalls 4769) view D and changed it a bit (you'll notice I left off the collar). At first, I felt like a big, scary polka dot monster but now, I kinda like it. The fabric was just some simple quilters cotton from JoAnne fabrics and I used brown vintage buttons.

Don't you love this sewing machine? Pj picked it up for me last year from a gal at his work who was getting rid of it. Like my grandma, I tend to collect lonely, homeless sewing machines.


  1. Love those polka dots! You look gorgeous :)

    ♥ Aya

  2. Oh my that dress is amazing!!! You look so good on it. You have a great talent for sewing.


  3. Wow! You look fabulous. I'm terribly jealous of your talent for sewing.

  4. I thank my grandma and great grandma for passing on their knowledge of the needle arts! When I was a kid, my mom sewed all of our halloween costumes and I always wanted to be able to do that for my kids someday so I started to learn to sew when I was about 13. I have to admit, I've had -plenty- of sewing disasters in my day. Even after 12 years of sewing, I still have moments where I want to throw my machine out the window! I just learned last year that following the instructions on the pattern makes for a much better finished project! Practice makes perfect so I guess by the time I'm my grandma's age, I'll be a pro! Thanks, ladies!

  5. Love the new dress - hope my efforts turn out half so well! And I just inherited a sewing machine remarkably similar to yours. I can't resist taking in strays either. :)

  6. very cute dress! You suit that chocolatey brown too! love it.

  7. Love your dress!!! The color! everything!

  8. OH I love it, I need to borrow that pattern for me to make one!

  9. I know this is an old post and I don't even know if you'll see this :)

    First, love the dress. I'm a big fan of polka dots! It's very cute!

    Second, I have that exact machine! I picked it up at a thrift store, but haven't had a chance to use it yet.

  10. Yep, I see all of my comments :) I love polka dots too! I havent thought about this dress in ages.


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