Monday, December 17, 2007

Vintage Teen Dress: Butterick 9201

A little sewing for Bella this week-- luscious warm brown flannel with rosebuds from a happy 1950s pattern. For my tiny but statuesque daughter I used a Junior size 13; her wide shoulders fit right into the larger size. Thanks to the sewing wizards at Sense and Sensibility, I know all about taking darts in the neckline so was able to cope with the resulting gape. I must say that the bodice is absolutely riddled with darts, but who cares? The fit is nice, and that's what matters.


A simple bias-bound neckline trimmed with a little red velvet ribbon.


But what the dress is all about is the stitched-down pleats. I love it, she loves it!

21 comments:

Suzanne said...

How pretty and I love the fabric, share your source please:-)))

Chas said...

Gorgeous!

Melissa said...

Ahhh.....perfection!

Kelly (The Barefoot Mama) said...

Absolutely fantastic, Anna1

Gena said...

That dress is just beautiful on her. The fit is perfect!

Tracy said...

She's gorgeous, as is the dress. My daughter , Autumn studies the pictures of Bella each time you show one. She's in love with the African-American hair, and her velvety skin.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful dress! I must sew more often to work on getting better. Thank you for the inspiration.
Melissa
http://homeschoolblogger.com/kaysmarmey

nytesong said...

Beautiful! The dresses you sew make me long to be able to use my sewing machine Half as well.

Gina said...

That's beautiful and Bella looks so classic and feminine in it!

Mod Girl said...

A beautiful dress for a beautiful young lady!

Shelley said...

Very lovely dress and your daughter is just beautiful ! Hope you and your family are having a blessed Christmas Season.

Blessings,Shelley

Hannah said...

I enjoy your blog so much and this dress(and your daughter) are gorgeous!

Linz said...

Wow, she looks gorgeous!

Katie said...

Oh, that is so pretty and feminine. She looks beautiful in it! Those pleats are amazing! I adore looking at the dresses (and other stuff) that you make. I wish so badly I could sew that well! Aside from the clothing, my favorite thing you made...it was that little Happy Dog you made for Daisy, remember? He had such a sweet, simple face...Oh, how I loved him :o)

Carmen said...

Anne, I have been reading your blog for two+ years and I can't believe how Bella is growing into such an elegant lady!
I check in often, b/c your blog is one of my favorites. It brings a calm feeling after a day of homeschooling, daily activities, and home-keeping! It makes me remember why it is al worth staying home.

Heather said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Bella is beautiful.

Carla said...

Bella and her new dress are lovely.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Great job, love how that red trim & buttons just pop. The waist & pleats are very flattering. Can you show us a closer look at the neck & bodice? It would be helpful! Thanks to Bella for modeling so we could enjoy her new dress, too.

Thanks, Leslie
Merry Christmas

Kimmie said...

She looks like a picture out of a book...lovely all around!

Kimmie
mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Rona's Home Page said...

It's a beautiful dress.

Anonymous said...

Lovely! I too would like to see a close up of the neckline darts and waist with pleats.

Where do you get nice flannel?

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