Saturday, February 26, 2011

Finished! Patt-O-Rama Dress

Patt-O-Rama 8302 was printed in 1950-something, and is a princess seamed sundress with pockets.  I've always had a love affair with this decade, and this is a sundress that is appropriately cut for work wear, too.  I won this pattern in a free giveaway from Lisa at The Hem Line.  She has specializes in vintage patterns, and has an ebay store and an Etsy store.
It's an unmarked pattern, with small holes and notches for the important "landmark" points.  I was very, very intimidated to work with an unmarked pattern, but it was really very easy.  I used a batiste print from the stash, as this version was supposed to be a wearable muslin.  I lined it with a white cotton batiste, and it's the perfect weight for warmer weather (as I look outside to see more snow falling with 7" already on the ground).  The fit was very nearly spot on, just needs some small adjustments in the bust area, but nothing preventing me from actually wearing this "rough draft"!
Back View
The pattern was missing the neck and armhold facing pieces, but that wasn't a problem, since I had to line the whole dress anyway.  I skipped the buttons on the center front and the pockets, since I thought they would get lost in the print (and I didn't have 5 matching buttons in the right color anyway).
I have the fabric and supplies to make the final version, using white (with small red polka dots) cotton and more batiste lining. February was going by so quickly, and I knew that I had to get this one finished and posted before the month ended!


  1. Beautiful Kristine! I love it, and it's so "now" too.

  2. I really like this fabric - so fresh looking! Pockets are great on a dress too. Cant wait to see the polka dot dress!

  3. WOW - that is such a beautiful dress. It will be gorgeous in polka dots. Must pick my project up again...

  4. Love the dress, Kristine. So glad you were able to use the pattern! I sure wish we were all wearing sundresses today in the Pacific Northwest. -17 here yesterday and the forecast isn't much better. Just keep telling yourself "soon, soon, my pretty"!