Grandma's Dress

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I found this old photo of my Grandma and decided to make her dress! 
And, of course I had to make a petticoat to go with the vintage dress even though I had never made a petticoat before. 
Here are my fancies! I had to figure out a way to make the petticoat length adjustable so that I could wear it with different length dresses. 
The inside of the dress is lined. 
Yea for petticoats! 
I found this old photo of my Grandma and decided to make her dress! 

I found this old photo of my Grandma and decided to make her dress! 

Photo: Photo by my sweet Hubbin, Chris.

I found an old photograph of my Grandma, and I fell in love with her dress. So I decided to make my own! This is the first full-skirted dress I've ever made. It took me quite a while to find a pattern that matched the style of the dress. I ended up using New Look pattern 6886. I paired the sweetheart neckline with the off-the-shoulder straps, a combination that was not shown on the pattern package. I did have some difficulty getting the straps to lay flat, which is probably why that particular combination was not shown.  

I used the skirt pattern pieces from an authentic 1950s vintage dress pattern as a basis for the petticoat. Everything else from that point on was improvised. I wanted to make sure I could wear the petticoat with different length dresses so I created eight gathered ties to pull up the dress. 

It has been so fun to make this dress in memory of my Grandma. I didn't realize it until a few days ago, but my Grandma passed away exactly five years ago this month. This one's for you, Grandma! 

posted in: gallery, fabric, dress, vintage, retro, 50s, black and white, polka dot, petticoat

Comments (2)

cloudyhn writes: This is so cute. I like the style.
Posted: 4:06 pm on July 27th
annielizabeth writes: Hi, how lovely, it turned out just beautiful. It's amazing how much you look like your pretty Grandmother! Good luck.
Posted: 10:35 pm on July 26th
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