Fabric: black and white gingham cotton ($4/yd)
Pattern: Simplicity 2502
Notions: buttons (from stash)
Hours to complete: 6-ish
First worn: May 2012
Total cost: ~$12
I love the shape of late 40s dresses! And it's crazy comfortable. It was a bit light for the weather when I wore it but it'll be perfect all summer long!
I made a self fabric belt, but I can imagine this paired with all manner of brightly colored belts and accessories!
I had a lot of fun with the construction on this dress. I used black and white striped bias tape for several of the seams. I found this delightful vintage bias tape at Sew Dayton, a super cute local sewing store.
This pattern uses a button fly front so the buttons are hidden! I happened to have matching black buttons but this would be a great option for left over or odd ball buttons since you can't see them anyways.
Here you can see the two layers that the buttons are hidden between. It was quite easy to do and I really like the look of it.
The first Friday of every month, Dayton hosts an event called First Fridays to encourage patronage of local businesses and this is what I wore my dress for. We popped in to quite a few local places including a new to us wine bar!
I was quite happy with my hair since I did a hot set! It's been pretty dry for this time of year and the lack of humidity has really made my hot sets last.
I'm so excited that I can go out and do stuff and look cute since the weather is finally getting nice!