Friday, 30 December 2011

vintage dress with big buttons

pink button dress a
late 1940's, maybe early 1950's dress
bracelet :: lovisa
floral wedges :: betts

This is one of my absolute all time favourite dresses. I got it a while ago, and I can't believe I haven't "worn it on the blog" before. Yesterday we had an afternoon to ourselves and so I quickly got these in – thanks John for taking these pics!

I would really like to make a pattern out of this dress, and make a lot more, in different colours and fabrics and so on – everything about it is so perfect, but I don't know how much longer it will last. The fabric is getting tired, and there is only so much you can do about that. Sad sad times. More sad times because I haven't a clue how to go about making a pattern from it. Something to look into, I think!

I have had some comments lately that I want to answer in posts, like the one about pale skin tones and vintage style. I think it is important. I am a bit flat out with La Familiar at the moment, but in about a week I will have a little more time to do it properly. Not too long to wait, I think, and anyway, we are all surely still eating and drinking and making merry, aren't we?! x

pink button dress b
pink button dress c
pink button dress e

46 comments:

Michelle's Style File said...

I absolutely love this dress on you! Perfect colour and cut.

x
Michelle
www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

Esz said...

I've got a dress that I feel the same about - it's REALLY old - made of linen, and the fabric is starting to fray at the seams. Not much you can do about that.
And it fits me PERFECT - Like it was made for me. I know I should pull it apart to copy a pattern from it...but I can't bring myself to do it yet.

I've read you *can* make a pattern from an existing dress without taking it apart, but I think that would be tricky cos you'd have to account for the darts and things like that.
And for a dress like yours, it looks like it's got a couple of construction quirks that would need careful study.
It would definitely be awesome to make many versions of it. Imagine all the fun you could have with contrasting colours and/or patterns :-D

Lauren R said...

Hi Esme -
What a cute dress! I can offer some advice about making a pattern from this dress, but you may not wan to do it. You mentioned the fabric is getting tired, and when the dress finally become unwearable, you can carefully pick the seams apart with a seam ripper and lay each piece flat on paper, then trace around, and there is your pattern :-).

Teresa said...

Oh, that dress is darling! So pretty in pink.

As a fair skinned lady who loves vintage, I look forward to seeing your post on that topic. :)

Happy New Year!

marmarvintage said...

My hubby told me that coral would look amazing on me.As a fellow dark haired girl, I understand what he meant from vivid picture....Love your style...
xoxo Maria from MarMarVintage

My said...

gorgeous!

poppykettle said...

My first thought when I saw the first picture on this post was along the lines of how much I love this dress and how I'd love to get my hands on it so I can transfer it onto paper and make a pattern from it!
I love the combination of the oriental styled neckline and the 40's styled pockets and bib front.
I'm off to search Etsy for something similar to I can try to recreate the look!

sacramento said...

Beautiful dress, beautiful YOU.
Loving your shoes.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!!!
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

LandGirl1980 said...

Cracking frock! I think that you should wait for it to end it natural life with you and then perhaps take it to a dress makers to make a pattern of it. You can try it yourself - and it would include cutting it up and all that jazz, I guess. For me - I would much rather have a professional at least make the pattern - and then I could crack on with making a hash of the dress making *wink*

Tors said...

It's a beautiful dress, it would be a shame not to copy it before it's gone. Ali of The Wardrobe, Reimagined wrote a great post a while back, detailing how to copy clothes, it appears to be a simple method and I'm hoping to give it a try this afternoon. I hope you manage to find something that works for you, and I hope to see many variations of the dress in the future!

Sophie said...

Ooooh! I LOVE the cut and colour of this dress along with your hair here! Very "In the mood for love", although that's set a little later, in the late 50s or early 60s I think? Have you seen that film? The costumes are splendid (and the story's pretty good too!) I've so enjoyed your blog this year. Best wishes for a wonderful 2012!! xx

Sophie said...

Oops, forgot to say I'd be happy to help out or advise with drafting a pattern if you like. x

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

Fantastic dress. Dress heaven. You muts get someone to make you more. I'd like one, that nekline looks great on me.

Suzi Maynard said...

Love the buttons on this dress! Beautiful colour as well. Hope you have a wonderful night celebrating new year's eve.

Suzi x
suzimaynard.blogspot.com

Suzi Maynard said...

Love the buttons on this dress! Beautiful colour as well. Hope you have a wonderful night celebrating new year's eve.

Suzi x
suzimaynard.blogspot.com

Vickie said...

that dress is so pretty, I can see why you want to make a pattern from it :)

Alison said...

I just found your blog which is gorgeous! Love the clothes and style.

You said you'd like to make a pattern out of the dress in this post (and I understand why; it is lovely!). I highly recommend the book: Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit. It's all about making patterns (and altering them) from existing clothing. I've only made a sweatshirt pattern so far (from a much-loved one); the book explains the process very well. Good luck!

Aureart said...

Ciao, wearing that Pink dress and you're Meravigliosa!
by the way:wishing you Happy New Year!
Tanti Auguri
Ciao dall'Italia
Aurè

Maqda said...

Dress is amazing (and look gorgeous on you:)). And I love your shoes!

Lola Devlin said...

adorable! If it starts to fall apart, my suggestion would be to unpick the stitches, press it flat and then trace over each piece. That way you have an exact replica of this dress here!

That being said, if its not tattered enough...don't bother if it is still wearable but my trick is to start by laying it out and tracing around then go back and measure everything out to make sure you've got some good measurements.

Hope you are doing well! I'm jealous of the gorgeous sun down there, its grey and foggy winter weather up in san francisco. Happy New Year! xx.L

Kristen Lynn said...

I just started reading your blog and I'm so glad I have! Yours is one of my new favorites. You're so gorgeous and your style is impeccable!

xo kristen
thosesunnydays.blogspot.com

Maxine Alice said...

Oh you are just so beautiful! (and what a gorgeous dress) x

Maxine Alice said...

Oh you are just so beautiful! (and what a gorgeous dress) x

Dial V for Vintage said...

I want to live in your wardrobe... you always surprise me with the most fantastic dresses, this one is no exception! :)

Immortality Passion said...

I m in love with all your dresses <3

Charlotte, a Menina Maçã: said...

OMG how you look fantastic with this hair do! I love you more than ever haha

kisses

Agnus said...

You look absolutely stunning! I love your floral wedges ;) I've been looking for similar ones for a few months now. I hope I'll find my dream pair soon :D

Heather Jean said...

Sooo pretty! I like the little neck tie, and that is an incredibly flattering pink.

Anonymous said...

I love your hair!!!

Debi said...

I LOVE this dress! It would be great if you made out a pattern out of it!!! Happy New Years!!

Mabel said...

WOW! You look incredible in this dress. No wonder you want to make more. I have no idea how one would go about doing that. But good luck!

Oh, and Happy New Year!

Mabel
Mabel Time

Circus Girl (Zoë) said...

Oh my! You cut your hair and look at that dress! You look absolutely stunning Esme! I love it all! :) I hope you have a swell time bringing in the new year all merry! Zoë xxx

Dress Me Dearly said...

It looks stunning! Great colour on you.

www.dressmedearly.com

Andi B. Goode said...

Oh gosh, this dress is perfect! I can see why you would want to make a pattern out of it!!
-Andi x

Is It Secret, Is It Safe said...

Such a lovely dress! I can see why it's your favorite!
-Katie

Zane said...

beautiful dress and stunning shoes

Two Happy Hearts said...

i just stumbled upon your blog (via ModCloth!), and i love it! you are such a beauty with impeccable taste!
happy to be a new follower :)

Anonymous said...

beautiful dress an your hair fits perfect to it!

Cat said...

Wow, what an amazing dress! I've been following your gorgeous blog for a while now but I think this is the first time I've commented. I'm actually on a mission this January to banish all monotone outfits from my wardrobe - it's amazing how a bit of colour on these cold dreary days can change your mood and the mood of other people around you. I've made this my New Year's resolution and I'm inviting my readers to do the same - in fact, I've asked my readers to send in their attempts of breaking the inevitable winter wardrobe rut and I'm going to publish a selection at the end of January. Would you be interested in sending me a photo which I could feature? Your outfits are always so beautifully colourful and they certainly brighten up my day!

Cat xxx
http://www.takecourageblog.com

And happy New Year!

TheAL said...

The dress, the hair, the color & makeup...It's all FABULOUS! I especially love the button details.

Roxy said...

Your hair looks so darling! Makes it tempting for me to shorten mine

Debs said...

Love your style, and your porcelain skin - so envious. I've been reading your blog from the start for the last week and you've inspired me to get out and play with all the settings on my little phone camera.
I've linked you in both my blogs and mentioned you in my new little fashion blog.

Krystle K. said...

Adore the colour, buttons and Mandarin collar on this dress! Great marriage of east & west and it looks like it would be a lovely all-season dress.

Love your blog, by the way! First-time commenter but I've been following you on Twitter and RSS for ages and linked to you on my blog. Also, I was so glad to see the pics of you at my friend's Melbourne shop, Memoirs, for the Secret Lives of Dresses signing!

Adored the ModCloth dress too =)

artichoke heart said...

you are so precious! classic beauty

take a peek. my new blog x
http://artichoke--heart.blogspot.com/

Paige Turner said...

I LOVE this dress! The colour is fantastic on you, and the style is so flattering. I think I may need to steal your pattern making idea.

Cheers!
~Paige

Angel said...

Wow. I just found your blog and you are so pretty! I went through your blog a bit and I gotta say you looked good with long hair but the shorter hair is great on you!

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