Fall for Cotton: 1954 Patriotic Seersucker Picnic Dress

Nothing like finishing at the last minute!

1954 Patriotic Seersucker Sundress

1954 Patriotic Seersucker Sundress

I made this dress for the Fall for Cotton challenge, hosted by Rochelle (Lucky Lucille) and Tasha (By Gum By Golly).

I chose Vintage Vogue 2960, a reproduction pattern from 1954.

Vintage Vogue 2960

Vintage Vogue 2960

My version is made of red/white/blue cotton seersucker that I found at Joann’s.  I noticed this fabric earlier in the summer, but didn’t bite until I had a 60% off coupon.  I started off following the directions, but stopped after a couple of steps.  I didn’t do all of the vintage sewing details like bound buttonholes and pinked seams and omitted the facings.  I lined my bodice with swiss cotton dot, which was leftover from a past project.  I also top stitched the bodice.

seersucker dressform

seersucker dressform bodice

seersucker dressform back

The inside

The inside

I found the buttons on clearance at Beverly’s for 20 cents a strip!  They almost nearly match this pearl-ish vintage buckle I got from my grandma’s notion stash.  And yes, I made myself a self fabric belt.  Sometimes I think most all dresses look a little better with a belt or a sash.

seersuckser buckle

This dress uses some of the things that I have been clamoring for in my closet, like seersucker and a patriotic dress.  I am not sure whether you call the fabric pattern a gingham or a check.  I think it looks like a gingham pattern, but someone else called it a check.  I matched up the pattern where I could, but it was nearly impossible to do with the skirt and bodice due to the pleats.  Hopefully the belt broke that up a bit.

seersucker 2

seersucker 3

seersucker back

seersucker 4

seersucker 5

seersucker 6

I am wearing my light summer petticoat, which is made of cotton muslin.  I used Simplicity 5006 to make it, using view D, but shortening the length.  This pattern is great to make crinolines as well, and I made myself a taffeta petticoat with it for my wedding dress.

seersucker 7

seersucker 8

I just love my vintage frames!  They are a little bit “newer” than the design of this dress as they are from 1960.  I think our old GMC cattle truck is from about 1956 though, so I nearly got the props all right. :)

seersucker 9

Yes, lots of photos as I was having fun taking them. :)

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seersucker 12

This dress is so comfortable and fun to wear that I will surely be making another version of it.  I can wear this into fall with a cardi and will be looking forward to wearing it on the 4th of July. :)

seersucker 13

Happy Sewing!

Dress:  Vintage Vogue 2960 in cotton seersucker, made by me

Shoes:  American Eagle Outfitters

Earrings:  Gift from my mom

30 responses to “Fall for Cotton: 1954 Patriotic Seersucker Picnic Dress

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  2. A-DOR-A-BLE!!!!! I love the fabric here and the scoop neckline in back and I am a sucker for covered belts (which I’ve never actually made myself?!) This is totally how to do vintage without being costume-y…you can wear this most any day. Well, any warm, summery day :)

    • Thanks, Kathy! It is a very wearable dress and in fact, I was wearing it today! My belt actually isn’t covered belting. It’s like making a sash with interfacing inside and then sewn onto a buckle and then adding grommets. I prefer this method to using belting. Much easier and faster!

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