The Hundred Dresses: Day 97

This dress is one of the first dresses I ever made from a vintage pattern (the exact pattern is lost to memory). I posted about it a few years back and it was old even then — and I know it’s older than my son, which puts it firmly in the grunge era.
cherry-print shirtdress

I do really like the collar and the lines of the bodice. I remember clearly that this was a newspaper pattern … Anne Adams or Marian Martin or some such:

cherry-print shirtdress bodice

Covered buttons — this is before I knew the trick of using white fabric (batiste or organza) underneath the patterned fabric if you don’t want the metal of the button form to show through:
cherry-print shirtdress buttons

Bias trim on the sleeves:
cherry-print shirtdress sleeves

The back view:
cherry-print shirtdress back

And a closeup view of the back … the only thing I can say is WTH? Where did those seams go? If I weren’t a life-long teetotaler, I would assume that I was drunk when I made this:
cherry-print shirtdress waist seam

And the belt-kit belt, which hasn’t aged well at all:
cherry-print shirtdress belt

I should really find the pattern in my stash and make it up again today, and show the two dresses side by side … just so people can see that, just as with everything else, sewing gets better with practice!

4 thoughts on “The Hundred Dresses: Day 97

  1. This fabric is so pretty and cheerful, and the pattern’s lines are very nice. It looks like the buttonholes are on a slant. That is interesting, not seen that application before. How well do the buttons stay closed?


  2. This is one of my favourites, love a good shirt dress and the print is adorable. Ditto on the buttonholes, or was that a rookie mistake too?


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