Summertime is just about here (and sometimes the weather feels like it too), which means that I want to wear vintage styled sundresses. I've been planning on making a red gingham sundress for awhile now, but I never took the time to make it. Mostly because I've been busy with other things, and when I did have time to sew I had sewing jobs to do. Which is good. Anyhow, we will be leaving on vacation this weekend and I wanted a cute, vintage-inspired sundress to wear on the trip. It seems that I get most sewing jobs done quicker when I want to wear it on a upcoming trip. Hmm....I need to change that. Of course, I say that every time and I never change my ways. *grin*
The above collage is of the sundresses (vintage & modern) that I found inspiring when coming up with my sundress design. The bottom middle dress turned out to be main inspiration for the dress, which if I remember correctly, is a vintage dress from the 1950s.
Anyhow, the pattern for my dress was loosely based on the Summer Shade jumper pattern that Marie-Madeline Studio used to sell. I used the jumper bodice pattern pieces as my base, just made some changes for it to fit like a strapless dress, like: making the sides more fitted, raising the neckline, and reshaping the jumper back. The skirt and straps are just rectangles pleated to fit. Oh, and instead of using a facing for the bodice, I just lined the whole bodice front & back with leftover gingham fabric.
The Summer Shade Jumper Pattern was the base for the bodice.
Straps are just two rectangles pleated lightly to fit.
Skirt is just three panels that are 28" long.
Eyelet Lace Trim from L.A.
I love my new sundress! It kinda looks like something you might find at ModCloth. Which is a good thing. You knows, I might make another sundress just like this one sometime again this summer. 'Cause it is just too cute!