This gorgeous ensemble is my mom's most recent creation, and it's already a favorite! We both sewed outfits in red from the same patterns for vacation, but haven't photographed them yet.
She made this dress from fabric she purchased while we were on vacation. It is the loveliest quality fabric, nice and thick, and it doesn't wrinkle! The bolero is made from some interesting cotton twill-like fabric we had in our stash.
The bolero is made from a vintage 1940s pattern, the same one I used for my purple bolero. It is a very easy pattern to put together, and makes a very flattering, fun-to-wear garment! And you could easily change the look just by reshaping the revers, adding lace, etc.
She used Simplicity 1692 for the bodice of the dress, adding darts instead of tucks, altering the fit a little bit, and altering the neckline to be a sweetheart-shape, based off of another vintage pattern we have. The skirt is from Butterick 5951. It's so much fun being able to put different patterns together to achieve a new look! :)
A pearly belt buckle adds the perfect touch. We both *love* belt buckles with prongs. They are so comfortable to wear, and although it's a bit of a pain making eyelets for them, it's worth it for how secure the belts are.
The neck edge, hem and revers are faced with contrasting fabric and slip-stitched in place. It's such a fun design! And the dress looks lovely with or without the bolero. It's the perfect sundress, and is so versatile for casual or dressy wear!
What a gorgeous dress, don't you think?
Thanks for stopping by! :) Have a lovely week, and enjoy the springtime!!
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