Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Feeling All Red, White & Blue

About a week ago I decided I wanted to make a dress for the Jubilee weekend. I've been feeling all overcome with patriotic fervour of late. Watching the coverage of the Jubilee celebrations over the weekend I felt so proud of the Queen, she's such a lovely lady, so steadfast. The concert on Monday was amazing and really seemed to capture the collective consciousness of the country. We're not a nation that celebrates itself especially - I've always sort of admired Americans' unwavering patriotic pride - so the fact that #proudtobebritish ended up trending on twitter was so many levels of awesome. Also, Grace Jones with a hula hoop was not to be missed.


Pattern: Butterick 6431, the same 1953 (coronation year) pattern I used for the Fruit Salad Dress.

Fabric & notions: Red and white candy stripe cotton, £4.95/metre; vintage metal zip; white cotton thread; curtain interlining to stiffen the collar.

Alterations: I lengthened the bodice slightly for boobage as I had done with my first version of this pattern. I converted the vestee insert to a V-neck with traditional collar, and omitted the winged cuffs. I also switched out the skirt for one from a 1970s pattern because I didn't want to do the pockets (I had time constraints to worry about!).


Time to complete: The cutting out was a little time-consuming because of lining up the stripes, but once I'd done that the whole dress pretty much came together over an afternoon and evening, then the hemming and sleeve finishings the next day.

Techniques: Working with stripes - I've never worked with stripe fabric before, and lining up the chevrons was a little tricky (any takers for a tutorial on how to line up chevron stripes?).

Make again? Definitely - this is really useful everyday 50s dress pattern which lends itself to so many variations. I have a version planned in my clotheshanger chevron repro fabric.


Naturally, I accessorised in red, white and blue.

1950s navy blue felt hat, Pineapple Ice Bucket; Bakelite & plastic bangles, various; Navy blue vanity case, can't remember (ebay I think); Navy blue shoes, Clarks, via charity shop; Milk glass necklace, gift from mother; Leather belt, charity shop.


I hope you had a great Jubilee weekend - God Save the Queen!

28 comments:

  1. Looks beautiful, just the right sort of fabric for 1953.

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  2. Lovely, reminds me of a fifties dress I have which is quite similar to this one!

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  3. Gorgeous dress, you look so pretty!

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  4. gorgous dress!!! I love this outfit, it's faboulous!

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  5. I absolutely love this dress it's wonderful!!! Very fitting for the occasion. I've yet to venture into stripes but after seeing this i think i will give them a go

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  6. What a wonderful Jubilee dress! You look absolutely gorgeous in it! xx

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  7. What a lovely dress, and you look wonderful in it.

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  8. You look like you have done a wonderful job of matching the stripes up - such a tricky task! Lovely dress!

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  9. Such a beautiful dress! I hope your Jubliee wk has been wonderful!! xox

    http://www.themusingsandadventuresofapinupmama.blogspot.com/

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  10. Lovely! I'm really taken with your hat as well.

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  11. A wonderful dress. The colors are awarded to you. I hope you had a nice weekend. :)
    Anne

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  12. SO, so darling!!! I just love the red stripe--cheerful and perfect for the rest of the summer too. :D

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  13. I love this dress- so cheery, and it looks great on you! Go for the stripe matching/chevron tute... :)

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  14. Stunning!! As an American, I enjoyed watching all the Jubilee celebrations. It was so fantastic to see all the pomp & circumstance.

    Lovely dress. I wish I could learn to sew off patterns. Are you self-taught?

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  15. Oh this is my favorite! Love the bold stripes, I saw one of these photos on Pinterest and thought it was an old post WWII photo!

    xoxo
    Solanah

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  16. Oh my gosh, I just found your blog and I love it! Your outfits are gorgeous and so inspiring. I love this era, especially the dresses. You look stunning! I'm your newest follower :)

    sylvialovespink.com

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  17. My word, you are amazing! Perhaps it's because I possess only very basic of sewing skills (as acquired from home ec class) and don't have a sewing machine to practice with, but I am thoroughly in awe of how quickly you made this dress (about a week). Fantastic, completely beautiful job as always, dear girl, you look radiantly lovely and full of the Jubilee spirit.

    ♥ Jessica

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  18. PERFECTION!!!!! This may be my favourite frock EVER!

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  19. This dress is a stunner! What a Butterick find 'eh?!
    Well done- you look gorgeous and the shorter hair really sets it off! xXx

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  20. This dress is really lovely...and as far as I'm concerned, a tutorial on how to match stripes would totally be welcome!
    Apart from that, I really like your blog and your global approach to vintage!Keep it going!

    XX

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  21. It looks like a lovely pattern to use. I love the stripes, it looks gorgeous on you! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. I wish I had the skill to whip up a dress like that, changing pattern and all. I think I will have to learn! You look wonderful in that, congrats on your wonderful queen and thank you for such an inspiring blog!

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  23. That is a magnificent dress, you have truly made a masterpiece! And re the next post, of course I'll go and vote for you. I think you, more than any other blog that I read, put a lot of effort, care, research and passion in to what I write- the research content particularly, is amazing and I love seeing what you made!

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  24. Lovely dress! It looks amazing, I love it.

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  25. Absolutely beautiful, you are one talented lady!

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