>1949 Plaid Dress

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I’ve been working on this the last few days- it’s one of the most deceptively labour intensive dresses I’ve made in a while. You know, I can’t just make a dress with a collar, and cuffs, and pockets, and flaps, but I’ve got to make it on the bias with a plaid! Doh! I absolutely love it, though- it’s got a very 1950s Western feel to it. One of the most exciting things about this dress? I had the PERFECT COLOR ZIPPER in the vintage zipper stash. Oh yes. The package said “Gold”, so I guess that’s the color of the dress- it’s a darkish yellowish orangish. Underneath this I have the polka dot skirt/petticoat and I’m very happy with the “pouf” it gives!


I made it from McCall 7563. I seem to look very little like the cover. Maybe it’s the absolutely ridiculous proportions of the model. The gal who made this originally shortened the pattern and made some alterations- I’m thinking that she made it later on, and it actually worked better- I can’t imagine the length of the dress at the intended length!

11 Comments on >1949 Plaid Dress

  1. reilly
    September 26, 2009 at 12:34 am (7 years ago)

    >Proclaiming my love (again) for yet another one of your creations!Thank you so much for your comment!! Let me know if you need someone to help prod you along, although knowing me, that should be reversed. :p We have similar goals, I really need the practicality of clothes I'm not afraid to do too much in, haha, but still look well-dressed and have the flair my vintage does.

  2. Shrinky Inky
    September 26, 2009 at 1:14 am (7 years ago)

    >lauren it's beautiful! i love that color on you!! Your attention to detail is really wonderful.on that note – tell me about your eyeglasses. I am in the market for new ones come january and my hubby wear's Shuron Ronsir's and your's look like the ladies version, which is what i'm leaning towards.

  3. Dizzy Dame
    September 26, 2009 at 1:41 am (7 years ago)

    >Love the dress!!

  4. Wearing History
    September 26, 2009 at 2:17 am (7 years ago)

    >Thanks, gals!Inky, I got them from a vintage eyewear seller at the Vintage Expo and probably paid too much for them. They said they are 40s, but I'm thinking they're early 50s. I like them, but I actually have another pair I just bought and are on the way now! The new glasses vibe must be in the air! My husband said he was just trolling through Ebay this morning and saw some really similar to mine buy-it-now in the vintage eyewear section.Here's a close up of me in the frames in black and white- they're actually black on top and yellow on the bottom.http://www.wearing-history.com/images/meface2.jpg

  5. Alisha Lauren
    September 26, 2009 at 2:24 am (7 years ago)

    >oh it is so wonderful miss! the color of plaid you chose is simply perfect for this season!

  6. avintagespirit (Lizzy)
    September 26, 2009 at 5:53 am (7 years ago)

    >Oh, that dress is just gorgeous! I love the fabric you chose and it just turned out amazingly. Wish I had an ounce of that sewing skill ;)

  7. AlohaAroha
    September 26, 2009 at 6:00 am (7 years ago)

    >That is just fabulous! You really make me love 50s clothes! I think I have that pattern too!

  8. Ms. B
    September 26, 2009 at 6:23 am (7 years ago)

    >Such a gorgeous dress, you did a wonderful job!!!

  9. Andi B. Goode
    September 26, 2009 at 7:05 am (7 years ago)

    >Wow. I'm amazed – that's just such a beautiful dress.-Andi x

  10. Robin's Egg Bleu
    September 26, 2009 at 9:52 pm (7 years ago)

    >It's fabulous, and I love that you do such a detailed job of accessorizing for the period of the pattern. I feel like I am looking at a photograph of my mother!I'd love to see what you'd do to 'glam' it up, say, for evening wear! You'd look so fabulous in a french twist with open toed stilletos!

  11. Sara
    September 30, 2009 at 12:22 am (7 years ago)

    >Wow, I adore this dress! And if it makes you feel any better, when I first saw it I could tell it was labor intensive! Great job.

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