Dress · Vintage Look

The Picnic Dress

The Summer holidays have arrived at last and it is time to get a few projects ticked off of the sewing list! 🙂

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Shoulder detail

My latest make is the Sew Over It vintage shirt dress that my mum bought me for my birthday along with some lovely floral fabric.  I am still putting the finishing touches on the floral number but I also made one in this lovely check material too.

I actually started the floral one first but I have had this fabric in my stash for a while after I bought it on a whim from The Stitchery in Lewes.  I knew that I wanted to make a dress with it but the check pattern made me nervous – all that pattern matching!  However, I took the plunge and I’m so glad I did as it’s my new favourite Summer frock.

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Vintage Shirt Dress

The pattern was really easy to follow and the instructions come in a really lovely book form, so no battling with large sheets of paper.  It took me quite a while to figure out the pattern matching and I am pleased with the result – I’m not that good at being patient so this was a challenge in itself! I’m really chuffed with the way the checks line up across the front and I’m particularly smug about the matching on the collar too:

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It doesn’t get much better than this! 🙂

I used some red vintage buttons that I found in an antique shop for a few pounds and they match perfectly.  So I’m ready for a picnic and I really don’t mind that I could be camouflaged against the picnic blanket!

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29 thoughts on “The Picnic Dress

  1. Well another beautiful vintage dress made, it takes me back to my school days. One of my sewing rejects at school was to make a shirt dress. If you had seen it you would of be horrified at the pattern matching I remember it being a very dark blue plaid, so as you can imagine I had to match up the pattern. I remember, old Miss Underwood, being very pleased with the end project, as I paraded up and down the classroom in it. All I could see we’re the wonkey button holes and lopsided collar and hem!! 😄😄 it must of been okay as I passed my needlework exam with it. X

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  2. I love this dress! I’ve just made my husband a checked shirt and I found it so hard to match up the pattern well. You’ve done a fantastic job!

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