Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Fruit Salad Sundress

The tea dress I was working on (post to follow) is a somewhat labour-intensive pattern and I wanted some quick gratification, so I checked my sewing list and started work on this sundress before finishing my previous project. I'd had the material in my stash since my last trip to Thailand, and the pattern about as long. I bought the pattern because it's similar to one of my favourite vintage dresses - the look of a shirtwaist without the bother of buttonholes!


We've just got back from a long weekend camping in Devon - we stopped off in Exeter on the way back yesterday; my sister is moving there in the summer and had some house viewings arranged. The sunshine was perfectly glorious - first actual hot day of the year - and I had an enjoyable mosey around Exeter, discovered the local vintage clothing shops, bought a 1940s straw sun hat for £15 (yay!).


I'm painfully aware that I'm a bit fat at the moment - need to be more disciplined about going to the gym and eating less cake (by the way I'm not saying this so that people tell me I'm not, but rather to somehow excuse my not-so-slender frame, by way of saying "this isn't the real me". Although in my head the "real me" is about 8 1/2 stone, while realistically I'm unlikely ever to attain that!).

Fabric: Cotton fabric purchased in Thailand. 3 metres at something like £4 per metre.

Pattern: Butterick 6431, 1953 (coronation year!).

Alterations: I replaced the four-gore skirt with a full circle for extra swish. The bodice I made exactly to the pattern except to add 1/2" to the lower edge of the front piece (graded up to the sides so the seam would match up with the back piece), because boobage always raises the front waistline slightly.

Make again? Yes! It's such an easy pattern and I really like the fit. I want to make one in red and white candy stripe (perfect for the jubilee weekend!), and one in my clotheshanger chevron repro fabric.



Dress, made by me from a 1953 pattern; Record handbag, similar available in my etsy shop; Shoes, purchased in Thailand (most comfortable shoes ever!). I should have been wearing bangles and done something more with my hair, but I didn't pack bangles or hairspray: glamping fail.

19 comments:

  1. You look so lovely and this dress is beyond charming! Hope you have a wonderful time!

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  2. You and your dress look fantastic! You may feel a bit heavy (that´s all relative and personal), but you don´t look it - what a waist! I wish I was as clever with a sewing machine.

    We visited Exeter last summer and I have a picture of my husband in front of exactly that canon - how it makes me loooong for some summer warmth (not yet in Swedish Lapland I´m afraid). Exeter was a nice surprise, we were going somewhere else but stayed a bit longer and wouldn´t mind visiting again. Am sure your sister will be happy there.

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  3. The fabric is so lovely! I'm going to Thailand at the end of the year so I'll have to put fabric on my To Buy list :)

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  4. Fat? Tsk, tisk, you look lovely, although I am only too well aware that how we feel about ourselves and how others see us are two different things. I know all about the boobs pulling the waist up, too, sigh. I recently bought a second hand frock that does that, I love the print and it's not terribly well made but the main problem is that distortion at the front. Not sure what to do about it, been fiddling with the hem a bit as it isn't helping having been badly done in the first place, I may just have to admit defeat and consign it to the rag bag.

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  5. LOVE! I think this might be one of my favourite of your dresses, it is just gorgeous x

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  6. You look lovely, Charlotte! I adore the fabric you used. There is something so fetching about the classic 50s shirtwaist inspired dress, isn't there? Gorgeous!

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  7. love you casual look in this post!
    sometimes "less are more". you look really like summer-holyday :-)
    and this dress is very nice, curious about you tea-dress!

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  8. You look fine! I do like those colours on you, very summery!

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  9. Oh my goodness, you are so not fat, and that dress is divine! It looks so perfectly light and lovely for summer. I love that type of style. And I'm dreading the buttonholes on my current sewing project, so I can understand the desire to sew something that gives that look without the hassle. ;)

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  10. Love the fabric of your sundress. For me that wouldn't at all be an easy job to sew that dress. You're a talented seamstress. The record handbag is fabulous. Best wishes!

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  11. Love the fabric and the pattern of the dress! So summery! Good job! Liz

    www.howling-liz.blogspot.com

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  12. Cute as a button :) I love the fabric of this dress, it's so cheerful!

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  13. WAH, I LOVE your dress! I am so obsessed with fruit prints at the minute... looks amazing, gorgeous colours.

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  14. That's a gorgeous dress, and you don't look at all fat!

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  15. GORGEOUS! It looks just perfect on you!

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  16. Wow! You are so clever! It looks really very pretty. Well done you xXx

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  17. My gorgeous lady, you are in no way "fat". You have a sublime shape, and look drop-dead amazing in everything you wear - very much including this thoroughly fabulous fruit salad dress.


    ♥ Jessica

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  18. Lovely as you always are. These colors are just perfect on you too!

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  19. This dress looks so beautiful on you. I have never seen anything with this type of print before it is definitely a unique dress. The fabric is to die for and I would love to find one similar to this to wear to my sister's wedding at the end of the summer.

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