The Elisabeth Dress

I finished my cotton dress for the Fall for Cotton sewing challenge hosted by Roshelle and Tasha.


I used the Elisabeth 1950’s dress pattern from the book BurdaStyle VIntage Modern.

vintage-cover_homeI really love this book, which I borrowed from the library. I could tell that I was the first person to actually use the inclosed patterns to trace off two of the vintage looks that I planned to make. The sizing of the patterns fit me wonderfully with out any alterations. I love when that happens. I did make bodice muslins first thought, just to be sure.


Besides the 1950’s dress, I also traced off the 1920’s pattern and made it up in a muslin. It’s adorable! It has a drop waist and 3 bias cut ruffles that hang beautifully. I can’t wait to make that one up in a pretty apparel fabric.


The fabric that I used for this dress is a thrifted blue, pink, and white checked seersucker. I lined the bodice top with the same fabric. I have a new sewing machine that does fancy stitching, so I went around the neckline with a row of little blue flowers. I put a short pink metal zipper in the side, and finished the skirt with a narrow machine-stitched hem. It is so cute! I can’t wait to make another one.


Everything is wonderful about this dress but there was an unfortunate event. After I made the dress, I noticed that on the back of the skirt near the bottom, there was a big faded area, probably from the sun or bleach. Oh dear, what to do! I decided to bleach the whole dress in an attempt to match the spot. It worked fairly well. I don’t think any one would notice except for the judges on Project Runway! I learned a good lesson: check thrifted fabric before sewing it up.


Thank  you, ladies, for hosting such a fun challenge. Vintage and cotton are a few of my favorite things!

About SeamQueen

Seamstress, Sewist, Artist, Fashionista, Quilter, Upcycler, Textile Obsessed!
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11 Responses to The Elisabeth Dress

  1. Anny says:

    You are so amazing! Not only is the dress fabuloso but how clever to disguise the faded area!


  2. Leslie Rich says:

    I love this dress. It looks cheerful, like it would be fun to twirl in. It looks wonderful on you, too.


  3. Loran says:

    SO CUTE!! Also can’t wait to see your 20’s dress.


  4. judy says:

    THis dress is so cute.Looks great on you.


  5. ksgentry says:

    What a wonderful vintage inspired dress, it fits you perfectly and so nicely sewn. So cute!


  6. Gjeometry says:

    Cute dress!! It looks so fresh and pretty on you.


  7. I love it!! You look adorable in it. I would like to see a close up of the flower stitching.


  8. zibergirl says:

    Reblogged this on ZIBERGIRL SEWS and commented:

    Made From a Sewing Book


  9. Chris Hansen says:

    Love this dress, Barbara…and you in it! Lenore


  10. gingermakes says:

    This is SO cute! I love it on you!


  11. Amie says:

    I haven’t browsed your site here for awhile, but I must say every time I do, you inspire me to pull out my old Kenmore. I love this dress. I made myself a maternity dress out of a madris plaid seersucker in 1985, hot and steamy summertime San Antonio Tx and I still think of that dress and how comfy it was.
    I’ve looked for seersucker but around here all I find are juvenile prints.
    Your dress looks perfect on you. Love it!


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