Vintage Children’s Play Dress

I feel so honored when clients trust me with their treasured vintage items. A client contacted me about this tiny organza girls play dress- unfortunately in pieces. I told her to bring it on in.

VCPD organza close up

Completed Vintage Play Dress. Organza falls so beautifully.

The lace details and color of this dress were stunning!  I new I was destined to repair it.

VCPD lace zoom

Antique lace, close up.

I noticed the seamstress of this little wonder had employed the ‘French Seam’ to solve the problem of finishing the organza seams. I did the same with silk thread.

VCPD french one

French seam, step one.

When creating a French seam, first sew your fabric pieces together wrong side to wrong side. It may feel so strange to be sewing right on top of the fashion side of your fabric pieces! Fret not- it’ll all make sense soon.

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French waist seam, step one.

 

Once you’ve sewn wrong side to wrong side- clip your seam allowance back to an even ¼ inch. Or use whatever width you’d like- it’ll be the width of your end seam, plus about an extra 1/8 or 1/16 of an inch.

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French seam, step two.

Then iron the seam flat- as see under my machine foot here. Stitch the seam again- making the right sides of the pattern pieces show on the outside. I love using this seam!

VCPD closure

Side seam snap closure and eye for bow tie sash hook.

I love how this play dress has multiple steps for the child to put on, snap, and tie.

VCPD Top Down cut

Repairs are completed to the organza vintage dress.

This dress also has a beautiful matching separate lining. I wish I had remembered to take a picture of it! It was made of a terrific silk. It added another step to the play time process and solves the translucent issue.

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I wish this fit me!

The client was ecstatic about the repairs I had done when she came to pick it up the dress. She left my office happy and ready to send the dress off on its journey to her niece for dress up play time.

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