2016 Summer Frock Parade – Pistachio & Ivory

Next up in my Summer Frock Parade is this little number in a cute pistachio and ivory print cotton (probably a quilting cotton). It also continues with the mint/aqua and coral theme I’ve got going on this year – yes, I know, I haven’t posted anything coral yet, I’ll get there!

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It’s largely inspired by this vintage dress, especially the buttoned tabs on the shoulder, although mine have the back overlapping the front rather than the reverse seen here:

1950's Floral Print Sun Dress:

I used this pattern from my vintage stash and just modified the shoulders of the bodice pieces to get the overlapping tabs. Oh, and I also modified the neck to be a little less wide/boaty:

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These photos were spontaneously taken one day – incidentally, one day after the photos of the mint dress, so how appropriate that the pistachio dress post is one day after its’, lol – so you’re seeing me sans makeup as I normally wear little to none, totally out of laziness.

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I opted out of the little bows at the waist seen on the vintage inspiration dress for fear they might be a little too twee. What do you think? Should I add them?

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My husband was so not into taking photos for me at this time so I kept it quick and didn’t ask for a shot of the back, so here it is on Maddy instead:

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The zipper is hand-picked, though perhaps not my best job of it ever.

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A detail of the button-tab shoulders. The buttons are non-functional, just sewn through all layers:

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I did notice that they tended to pull a little when wearing, so yesterday before putting it on (since it’s what I decided to wear yesterday) I quickly hand-stitched-in-the-ditch around the front tab:

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A couple shots of the interior:

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More and more I think I’m preferring pockets that extend up into the waist seam. They just stay put a lot better.

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And we’re done!

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