Wednesday, May 15, 2013

vintage geranium pattern

I posted a picture of another Geranium dress I made during Kids Clothes Week, and I thought I would share some more pictures as part of the Vintage May series hosted by Jessica from Craftiness is Not Optional and Kristin from Skirt as Top.  I love using a modern pattern to make a timeless dress.  The simple feedsack-ish (I know, not a word) orange print, cream linen fabric and pearl buttons all help give this dress that vintage feel.

This dress pattern might be my favorite pattern EVER!  I thought I would mention that just in case you couldn't figure it out from the many Geranium dresses/tunics/tops that I made recently :) 

I made a size 18-24 months but lengthened the bodice by 1" and shortened the skirt by the same amount.  I cut the skirt from the gathered skirt pattern piece before I remembered that I wanted to make a pleated skirt.  I didn't want to re-cut it, so I tried using math to make my own pleats.  That worked, but I did have to recalculate a few times.  I used to be much better at math before my kids sapped all my braincells right out of my head :)  Next time I will use the pattern piece provided and not rely on my faulty brain!

The buttons are vintage pearl buttons from the 1950s.  I am lucky enough to have a husband that came across a bunch of them at an estate he was helping clean out one day.  I think he feared for his life if he didn't bring them home to me :)  I used four buttons rather than the three called for in the patten because it worked better with the changes I made.

Cream solid - Linen blend remnant from Joann's
Orange print -DS Quilts Collection for Fabric Traditions From Joann's
Button - Vintage pearl from 1950s


  1. This is gorgeous ... great fabric and changes you made. I have a wedding to attend in January (summer in Australia ) and my two girls are probably flower girls .... so am thinking this pattern will be great.... simple but cute and just use some special fabric. I like how you've lengthened the bodice. :)

  2. So pretty. Reminds me of the Oliver + s "Ice Cream Dress" - one of my favorites.

    1. Too funny ... the "ice cream dress" is my favorite Oliver + s pattern!