Two-tone, half-vintage fabric dress with polka dots

Polka dots, vintage fabric, pink and grey... a winning combination, right??

I've been itching to make another summer dress this season before I have to pull out the fall colors. But I haven't had a great vision for any of the fabrics in my fabric stash, and haven't had time to go to the fabric store.

So, it was a great occasion to make another two-fer dress (is that an official term? It's what ModCloth calls them. I pulled out my favorite basic summer pattern, McCall's M5849 (it's out of print but you can find something similar, see my suggestions here). A basic strapless dress pattern, princess seamed and very easy to add straps to. Nice to mix it up.

I've had this vintage pink and white polka dot fabric for ages, don't even remember where I got it. It was cut down the center so it was a couple yards long but only about 20" wide, so my options for what to do with it were limited. It's a quilting cotton, which I don't usually use for clothing, but pretty old so much heavier and nicer quality than modern quilting fabric.

I also had the grey swiss dot fabric from some mysterious source ages ago, and I love light grey, but it's so lightweight and pale I hadn't been able to design anything I really liked out of it alone. So it was a perfect skirt!

It's still hot out, but I'm afraid fall fashion may creep into my summer dreams... I love summer. I don't want it to end. Plus, I definitely don't have fabric in my stash for a fall dress!! ;)

28 comments

  1. Ooo! Love! I always avoid pink because it's so "girly" and doesn't always go with my red hair and super fair skin. But you look gorgeous in it. Jealous!
    --KatyM.

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  2. So pretty! I love the color combination!

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  3. Very pretty and thanks for the pattern suggestion - I can't wait to start making dresses!

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  4. I love the look of a different bodice and skirt. It's so unique. I'm dreaming up the combinations I could make.
    :)

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  5. This might be a silly question, but I'm a first timer in this town of ours-I thought it wasn't supposed to rain in August!

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  6. I actually just made my own twofer dress, but i have to alter it because the pattern was a little unflattering.

    http://vintagezest.blogspot.com/2013/08/gray-yellow-maxi-dress-round-1.html

    Hopefully, I can fix it this weekend!

    I love yours though, and the pink & gray combo is so sweet!

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  7. First of all, two-fer is TOTALLY a word, and can I borrow that dress when you're done with it? ;) LOVE pink and grey + the polka dots have me swooning! Happy Friday :D

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  8. LOVE those colors together! Super cute dress!

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  9. how many different fabrics do you think you have lying around in your stash?!

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  10. Pink and grey are so nice together, great dress :)
    And it's still hot where you are?! Girl, it is like full blown fall over here :(

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  11. Definite winning combination in both colour and style - looks super!

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  12. Cute, I've been meaning to make something like this!

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  15. It's such an adorable dress.Love it when we can make do with what we have and make something so pretty in the end. I would not have thought of pairing the pink with the grey, but the combinations worked so well, the two colours really complement each other.

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  16. This is stunning! I love pink and grey together and you've used the prints really well. The shape of the bodice is very flattering x

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  17. I love this color combination. It's great, refreshing and fun. I'd wear it in the winter just to brighten my day with hopes that summer will return. Wear with a sweater or denim jacket/shirt buttoned up so just a lil bit of polka dots show thru!! Love it!!

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  18. Too many! But most of them, only a yard or two, so their use is limited!

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  19. Haha, nice, glad to hear you think it's a word too! I'm going with it! ;) Thanks!!

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  20. I love your color combo, too!! Very pretty Anthropologie-ey. I can see how that pattern would be tricky to make flattering... good luck!

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  21. Don't worry, it will pass. It always does this for a few days and then is sunny through the rest of September! ;)

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  22. I love how this turned out! The color combination is really cute, and the combination of the gathered skirt with polka dot bodice gives it a special whimsical, fun air.

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  23. I cant wait to see how and what with you are going to paired it!!!

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  24. nice dress ;)

    i recommend standing on your tiptoes for your fotos. it would make you appear taller and thinner. and you really should go outside for taking outfit pics whenever possible.

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  25. i adoreeeeeeeeeeeee
    plz put taturials for every dress
    you are amaz

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  26. The two fabric choices together are so pleasing! Great dress :)

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  27. Oh, amazing. You keep surprising me! WOW

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