Today I want to show you Rebecca's graduation dress from a few weeks ago. It was a vintage Simplicity pattern 2543 from 1958. As soon as Bec saw it she knew that was the one!
We bought it from http://www.oldpatterns.com/ . I get excited about how vintage patterns just smell old, and there is writing on the envelope from way back in 1958, the previous owner jotted down the colours and fabrics she would have used.
It was quite easy to make, I lined the dress to give it more body though, and added some tulle at the hem of the lining to make it stand out a little.
We chose vintage because girls really knew how to 'frock-up' back then, and Bec didn't really like any of the modern patterns. They were either too young with lots of bows and frills, or too teenage! The fabric was two-tone - celery and pink, and it turned out fantastic! Bec was thrilled and she looked like a princess wearing her tiara hair slide. AND.....she won the Year 6 Citizenship award, which means basically that she's a darn great gal! We were all so proud of her.
The year 6's really enjoyed the after party which followed the formal ceremony. I'm not so sure that I'm ready to hand her over to the Middle School though....