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July 2, 2013

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Sundress Edition

by Betty Crafter

Now that it’s 7,000 degrees here in Texas, I find myself scouring my closet daily for the outfit that will be the breeziest, coolest thing I can find and I am discovering that there are really only a couple dresses that are looking good to me on a daily basis. So, I have been thinking about busting out my trusty Singer 301 and some vintage patterns to see what I can whip up! It’s been quite a while since I’ve sewed anything for myself. Here’s a few I’m thinking about getting started on.

50s sundress

This is actually the dress that is at the bottom of the list right now because that fabric belt would make this dress a little clingier and hotter than I’m looking for, but isn’t it cute? Maybe this is better for the fall. But I have these two Dutch inspired fabrics in my stash that might be right for it:


The yellow one is a little heavier, and would indeed create a great fall dress. Maybe I’ll put this one on the back burner.

40s sundress

Isn’t this little number just darling? I absolutely LOVE those big pockets, the halter neckline, and that great back. Obviously the bolero would be a no go since I currently live in the furnace of hell and do not need any extra coverage that is not required by law.

30s repro fabric 2

This yellow 30s reproduction fabric would be pretty ideal for it, I think. I can really picture myself wanting to put on this sunny halter pretty often. And I just realized it’s pretty similar to what’s on the pattern cover – not planned at all!


I’ve had this pattern in my stash for quite awhile, meaning to make the maxi, but these days I’m more interested in knee length sundresses, so view A is on my short list. This dress is exactly the kind of simple, breezy sundress that I can see myself reaching for in my closet, wondering how many times a month I can wear it without upsetting the fashion police.

ikat fabric

This earthy ikat fabric would give this vintage pattern a really updated and current look, I think. This dress is actually at the top of my list and is the one I think I’m going to tackle first.

Wish me luck! My personal sewing projects are notorious for being ill-fitting.

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4 Responses to This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Sundress Edition

  1. Tasha Reply

    July 2, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Oooh those are all really cute patterns! That yellow fabric with the birds is amazing, you should definitely do that for fall (imagine how cute with a cardigan!). Good luck with whichever one you tackle first!!

    • Betty Crafter Reply

      July 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Thanks Tasha! I knew you would approve 🙂 Actually, I’ve wanted to ask you how you normally finish your seams. I don’t have a serger anymore and always struggle with this issue. What’s your favorite method?

  2. Andrea Reply

    July 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I really like the second one, it’s fantastic! However the one you plan to tackle first is probably the best choice for the heat, for sure. Now here’s hoping you don’t have too many fitting problems since it’s not super fitted!

    • Betty Crafter Reply

      July 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      My thoughts exactly Andrea!

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