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Olivia's 1950s Mermaid Dress

Thursday, June 5, 2014


A few weeks ago, Olivia came with me to the vintage shops and wanted to try on and touch everything in sight! She decided that she wanted some "bintage" of her own so I let her pick out a skirt that she could wear with her summery peasant blouses.

Later that week, I found my vintage kids sewing patterns and we picked out a pattern for a dress to make for her.

1950s kids vintage mermaid print dress simplicity 2930

1950s kids vintage mermaid print dress simplicity 2930

I used Simplicity pattern 2930 with some Heather Ross Underwater Sisters fabric from my stash. I bought this fabric before Olivia was born, to use in her nursery. I had some left over and had been waiting for the perfect time to use it.

1950s kids vintage mermaid print Heather Ross dress simplicity 2930


I used some vintage buttons from my stash for the back.

Since kids grow so quickly and a lot of effort goes into sewing clothes, I wanted her to be able to wear this dress for more than one summer. I made it a little big in the waist but it ties in the back so the extra fabric gathers in the skirt when its tied. I also allowed a deep hem to let the skirt down as she gets taller.

1950s kids vintage mermaid print Heather Ross dress simplicity 2930


I really loved this pattern and will probably sew another for her if she likes this one. I did not like the scallops....at all! The pattern instructs you to fold over a tiny edge of the scallop and somehow press it to get a perfect professional looking curved edge. Yeah, that wasn't happening. Instead of burning the hell out of my fingers and ripping the stitching out over and over,  I cut out another piece just to fit the scallops, sewed them right side together, clipped the curves, turned out and pressed, then hand-stitched the scalloped edge to the dress front. It was time consuming but hand sewing is so relaxing and the finished results were well worth it.


1950s kids vintage mermaid print Heather Ross dress simplicity 2930

1950s kids vintage mermaid print Heather Ross dress simplicity 2930









17 Responses to “Olivia's 1950s Mermaid Dress”

  1. This is ADORABLE! How cute that she wants to wear vintage too. And even though the scallops sucked to make, they're really fabulous on the dress! Heck, does it come in my size?!

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  2. This is too cute! I love using vintage patterns for my kids, too, and basically any dress I sew for my daughter goes up a size and gets a deep hem.
    I wouldn't have the patience to do scallops like that either, but I think yours turned out beautifully hand sewn.
    Sarah

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  3. This is a lovely design for a dress for a little girl. She looks super sweet in it.

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  4. You daughter is breath-takingly beautiful. And that dress is just gorgeous on her :)

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  5. This is gorgeous, and it's so lovely that your daughter wants you to make things for her. Although I know that my sewing demands of my mother (mostly around Halloween costumes) were a trial to her, I hope my kids want handmade things and want to get involved in creative activities with me.

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  6. It's so cute! I love the scalloped details. Sewing kids clothes is a chore, all those tiny details. Nice job.

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  7. This is adorable!! Well done. I like your method better on the scallops. I'd be cursing and screaming try to perfectly press them.

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  8. Incredibly adorable!!! It's so darling to see children in vintage styles :), and even more dear that it was made by her mum! Awesome job.

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  9. Great job! She's so cute in the dress. :)

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  10. Beautiful! I love the mermaid fabric down the front, and those scallops are amazing. Nice job improvising the way you finished the scallops, pressing them would have been impossible.

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  11. I was thinking how sweet those little hand stitched look. How lovely!

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  12. I was wondering how you did those scallops. Smart girl! Adorable dress and model too.

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  13. Hi Brittany, that dress is absolutely adorable. Would love it for my grand-daughter. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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  14. What a sweet and cute little frock! My daughter would go ga ga about it. Actually, she just saw it over my shoulder and has stated that she should have one too. A hit with big and little girls!

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  15. This little dress is darling! Such a lovely design, and great fabric choice for it. Your little mermaid looks too cute in it! Love the scallops....they were worth it! Well done Brittany!
    Tania xxx

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  16. Wow, that's amazing! And Olivia is such a good model too. :)

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