Summer Girl

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I’ve finished my first of this year’s summer dresses & in perfect time too! This weekend was the first official weekend of Spring, so the weather should be warming up soon.

I made this dress in a printed cotton using Vogue V2962. This was a really easy pattern to follow & didn’t take me long to make. I made quite a few alterations to the pattern, I took a bit of the fullness out of the halter neck & the skirt. I’m still thinking I should have taken a little more out of the halterneck as it’s a little puffy. I also added a tie to the halterneck (the pattern suggests using a loop & button). Finally the pattern called for the dress to be closed with a heap of tiny buttons… I did that once for my wedding dress & never again. So I used a zip instead. Which reminds me, there was one more alteration (sheesh I didn’t realise how much I’d altered this dress!!), I had to take in the bodice a little around the bust. I’m not sure if that was the halterneck style, the ease in the pattern or (more likely) my winter belly. I ended up taking this out at the top of the zip seam, which made the side seams sit at a bit of an angle but it’s not that noticeble, the better option would have been to use the side seams, but I’d already added the boning channels & it all seemed like way too much effort to avoid an angled seam.

I really love the fabric of this dress, it’s so sweet. I’m a little undecided about the neckline, it’s a bit… puffy. Maybe it’s just I’m not used to wearing dresses of this style. At any rate it’s warming on me.

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7 Responses to “Summer Girl”
  1. Jo says:

    Stunning, absolutely stunning. You’re a lover of stylish vintage dresses and black books, I’m impressed.

  2. faith says:

    This is lovely! I think, with the volume taken out of the skirt, it has a much more mid-to-late 40s feel than the super fifties look of the original. Personally, I prefer this ;) Also, the fabric is just dreamy.

  3. I don’t think your bodice is too puffy at all! The whole dress looks gorgeous and suits your figure quite well. :) I think this pattern is now on my wish list!!

  4. Anne-Marie says:

    I like very much your version of this dress. Very fresh and summery. Your fabric gives the dress a more casual look. Your modifications are perfect. It looks so good on you.

  5. Melanie says:

    Hi, the dress looks great on you. I have this pattern and too and was just looking for versions people have made on the web. You have inspired me to try it out!

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