Simple Summery Styles from the 1950s… more dreams of Claire McCardell

 

So Summer is definitely on my mind… or at least Spring! Though the weather has been literally freezing in Canberra I am pleased to have noticed a few little flowers poking their petals out towards the sun. Its a matter of weeks (if not days)? before our second child arrives in our lives. I am frantically working through what seems to be an ever growing to do list… all those little things I have been putting off (that typically involved some form of cleaning).

All the same, I still try to make time to enjoy some of the beautiful images in my pattern books.

I love the simplicity of some of the Summer dresses popular in the 1950s, not least of all Vogue 8003 which looks super easy to make… and yet so versatile for an afternoon at home, in the garden or at the market… what do you think?

Vogue 8003 as illustrated in a 1950s Vogue pattern catalog

Vogue 8003 as illustrated in a 1950s Vogue pattern catalog

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Claire McCardell is my favourite and thanks to the generosity of an etsy seller, SweetBeeFinds, I am able to share these gorgeous photos of a Claire McCardell sun dress that recently sold at the store. I had been eyeing it off and wishing, but ultimately couldn’t justify the expense with a little one about to arrive… when it sold I wanted to mourn, I just love the back cut out and the pretty cowl neck at the front.

I’d like to think there would be an afternoon I could put my feet up in something like this on a hot day and drink lemonade. But with two little ones (soon) I don’t see that happening for a little while! I do have a McCardell sun dress pattern (Spadea) which rather ambitiously I have started cutting (knowing I probably won’t finish it for eons if baby arrives sooner than later….)

Feast your eyes McCardell lovers! Don’t you just love the colour??? Look at that back… divine.

Claire McCardell- a sunny colour, a fabulous style!

Claire McCardell- a sunny colour, a fabulous style!

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