Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sneak Peek of The After Dinner Mint Dress

When Gertie listed this mint green bow print fabric in her shop, I wasted no time snapping a few yards up! I immediately started picturing what project would be best suited for it—perhaps a forties blouse and skirt combo or a shirtwaist dress? I eventually settled on a sweet early 1940s Hollywood Pattern design, and Carla of Jitterbug Dress is whipping up this little number for me. I can't wait to see the finished frock!

Carla is a stellar seamstress who has altered and repaired quite a bit of my vintage wardrobe over the years, and sewn some lovely reproduction outfits for me as well. Here is one of the custom creations she made for me, from a late 1930s pattern:

She is about to open up her new online shop, and I wanted to give her a plug. She's specializing in the styles of the 1940s-70s, and has a selection of patterns from each era listed on her site. To order, you select a pattern (or send her your own pattern) and send her the fabric of your choosing, along with your measurements. I think this is a nifty concept, and Carla will be adding many more patterns to her shop as time goes on.

I'll be posting photos of my new dress just as soon as it's ready. Did I mention that I can't wait to wear it?

Amanda Lee


  1. That's a lovely print. Can't wait to see the finished frock. That dress in the photo is beautiful. I'll be sure to check out the shops you mention.

  2. Very pretty fabric. I wish I had more confidence in my sewing to reproduce the wonderful designs of the past..I'm starting small, as in doll clothes, for now. :)

  3. I saw this fabric too. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Such lovely fabric! I just love bows on fabric. The dress you are wearing is just marvelous. I hope I can get to the point where vintage patterns don't frighten me:)

  4. Love the Fabric! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

  5. Splendidly pretty fabric! Cute, lively bows + mint green = love in my books.

    ♥ Jessica