I love the look of Vintage. Illustrations by artists like Marcel Marlier can capture the spirit of childhood youth, invoking feelings of nostalgia for a time when things were simpler. When clothing was classic, and kids were outside playing – not in front of the TV. Today I am taking part of a fun I (heart) Marcel Marlier Series by StraightGrain & SewPony. After looking through loads of old illustrations by this incredible artist, I sewed some new dresses and staged a photoshoot that I believe captures the same feelings found in his books. (Keep reading below for the Marcel Vintage Dress DIY).
I (heart) Marcel Marlier.
Prepare for mass photo overload. I couldn’t help myself, we had a lot of fun on this photoshoot with best friends and sisters involved.
Make this Look:
- Pattern Used for all 3 Dresses: Five & Ten Designs, Volume One eBook – Dresses
- Striped Dress Fabric – lowpricefabric.com
- Marcel Ruffle Dress – Blue ‘Prussian’ Kona Cotton – joann.com, Belt & Buttons ‘Glacier’ Kona Cotton
- Wrap Dress – Teal Chambray Fabric & polka dot eyelet lining bandjfabrics.com
Marcel Dress DIY
- Five and Ten Volume One eBook, Dresses
- Fabric is recommended in the eBook
- String -or- Double Fold Bias Tape, sewn together to make string.
- Basic Sewing Essentials
- Follow the instructions for pattern alteration for ‘Look 3’ in the Five & Ten Designs Volume One Dresses eBook.
- Place your left and right front bodice on top of one another, wrong sides together, matching up the side seam. Starting 3/4″ down from the neckline center, cut a diagonal into the top of the bodice. The diagonal should be no longer than 2 – 3″ in length, depending on the age of your child, as you want to keep the dress modest.
- Cut a piece of of fabric 2″W x 12″L for the ruffle. Fold the bottom edge under 1/4″ towards wrong side and press. Fold again 1/4″ towards wrong side, press and sew to hem. Sew a gathering stitch along the top edge, and pull bobbin thread to ruffle fabric.
- Place ruffled top edge along the front center of the wider front bodice, beneath the cut diagonal, right sides together. Pin and sew using a baste stitch 1/8″ away from the edge.
- Place front and back bodice right sides together matching up the shoulder seams. Pin and sew. Repeat for lining.
- If attaching sleeves, sew sleeves to armsyce. Repeat for lining.
- Pin 1 edge of the string to the upper edge of the diagonal on the front bodice, with the strings raw edge matching up with the bodice raw edge. Sew in place, going back and forth with the stitches a few times to secure. Repeat for both sides.
- Place lining and exterior right sides together. Pin and sew around the neckline, and bottom of sleeves. Finish sewing bodice as Five & Ten Volume One instructs, either with or without sleeves for the perfect finish.
- You should now have the perfect bodice. Sew buttonholes in the top, overlapping bodice front. Mark where buttons should go, we will sew those on last. With front bodice overlapping, pin and sew the bottom edge with a baste stitch to hold in place.
- Using the skirt measurements in the Five & Ten Volume One eBook, place the front and back skirt right sides together and sew side seams. Finish seams with either a serger, zig zag stitch, or pinking sheers.
- Hem the bottom of the skirt, and sew a gathering stitch around the top edge.
- Pull the bobbin thread until the skirt is the same width as the bodice.
- Slip skirt around the bodice, right sides together, matching up the raw edges and side seams. Pin and sew.
Add buttons and you are finished!
*Please note – this dress will slip over your child’s head. If a wider opening is desired, add a side zipper underneath the arm in the side seam. Instructions can be found HERE for installing an invisible zipper with lining.