Vintage May dress

Are you excited for all the vintagey goodness on it’s way? I am! To kick us off a bit, I made a simple dress using some vintage curtains I got at a swap at church. So they cost me free thirty free. (har har, I know) That hairpiece is a bit ridiculously huge and floppy, I know, but I figured I should go all out for this fun little photo shoot. Which by the way was done on the side of a country road on the way to the grandparents house.

The gorgeous coral fabric is Free Spirit Designer Solid in Dark Coral from my sponsor Modern Fabric Studios (looks like it’s not in stock though).
I made it a little bigger around…not remembering, apparently, that Sadie always grows up but not out. So it’s a little big on her.ย 

Since this is a very simple dress, I just have a tutorial for the bodice-and inserting some little lace cap sleeves. ๐Ÿ™‚

See below for the tutorial!

So this is a simple lined bodice…first I made a pattern by tracing a t-shirt that fits Sadie. I cut two of them on the fold, with the front neckline. The back pieces I did not cut on the fold, with a higher neckline, and extended where the fold should be about 1″, to overlap for the buttons.

Then place two back pieces on top of 1 front piece, right sides together, then sew together at the shoulder seams.

Press the seams open like so.

Now I figured out the sizing for my little lace cap sleeves. You could easy make some by cutting a curved shapex2, then sewing right sides together, turning, and pressing. I happened to have a scalloped edge on my curtains so I used that!

First baste them in place and cut off extra.

Next lay the other piece on top of that one and pin around the armholes, neckline, and back of bodice.

Then sew around all those places (ie where you just pinned!), and clip any curves you might need to.

Then turn right side out and press.

I always make my button holes at this stage since it’s way easier than when the bodice is fully constructed!

Next open the side seams like so…

..then match up right sides together with the other side seam.

Repeat for other side of bodice…then sew them together, turn right side out and press!

Then I baste the back pieces together at the bottom, and gather my skirt to fit the bodice. Easy peasy!


  1. Adorable. She looks very cute in this. And the flappy hairpiece makes her look like a girl from the twenties, all dressed up to go to a formal picnic ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. lovely saddie

  3. This is going to sound so stupid! But I’m a complete beginner sewer so I just wondered if you could tell me please, why did you cut two pieces of the front bodice? And how do you gather the skirt? I don’t have a gathering foot and I dont know how to do it! Thank you so much in advance ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh my word, that is so precious! Love the dress and hat together!!

  5. Love this dress!!! It’s so beautiful.

  6. Lovely colour combination. Think its a good idea to add the button holes as you’ve done. me too trying this next time

  7. This dress is so cute! I have a bunch of lacy tablecloths stashed away, this would be a great way to use them. Thanks for the great idea!

  8. so beautiful, Jess! Em just said “i want you to make that for me. is she going to dance in that?” so…it’s a winner in her book too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Ooh pretty!

  10. Oh, absolutely PRECIOUS!

  11. What a neat idea! i love the lace curtain! Cute!!

  12. OMG that is some super cuteness! Love the fabric! Thanx for sharing, I want to make this or something like this now. Great inspiration.


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  33. Love the buttons on the dress. and the sleeves are soo cute


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