Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Vintage Sailor Dress!

I have been rather neglectful of my blog this summer, it's been quite a summer so far! Today I want to share a project that my daughter has been working on with you! She's in 4H and always does the Fashion Revue program...if you remember, last year she sewed a beautiful blue dress and added yellow accents, she brought home a win at county as well as's a photo from last year:

This year she went vintage after falling in love with a vintage sailor dress pattern I found at a garage sale. She found vintage sailor buttons on Etsy and they came from an old mill in New Jersey, then we also found a vintage belt buckle kit to make an honest to goodness vintage style belt! We tried for vintage shoes, but people seemed to have had MUCH smaller feet in the 1950's! So she went with what she had. Judging was last night (Tues.) and we don't find out the county fair results until Friday night the's a long wait! Here's this year's dress:

I'm sorry about the contrast in the photo, if my daughter were home she'd make the photo look a lot nicer, but she happens to be baling hay!

In the sewing process of this dress we learned quite a lot about the history of sailor dresses, it really is quite interesting.  It seems it all began with a little prince in a tiny sailor suit....who knows where it will go in the future?!


  1. That's adorable! What a great job! Very interesting project. She should do well as far as awards. She's beautiful, looks just like you. :)

  2. Very cute! I design clothes for a living...she has a lot of promise!


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