Hot! The Take Me Out to the Ballgame Dress

Ballgame-dressLast week I told myself that I was going to take a brief break from the 1940s and sew something a bit more modern — like something from the 50s or 60s. (My view of modern is a bit skewed.) However, the my desire to sew something from a different era was quashed by the fabric stash I acquired last weekend in Alameda. That said, I not only sewed this dress but also a shirt, skirt and, oh-my-goodness, trousers. All from 1940s patterns.

Fabric: Red linen $1 from garage sale; Main fabric from Alameda Antique Fair: ~ $7.50 for 3 yards
Pattern: Simplicity 2126 - $2.50 from an antique shop in Boise, Idaho (Thanks, Krissy!)
Notions: Vintage buttons from Etsy ~10 cents
Year: c. 1945
Time to complete: About 4 hours
First worn: February 2010

Total Cost: About $11

I lovingly call this dress the Take Me Out to the Ballgame dress due to the baseball shirt-like contrast sleeves. As far as construction goes, this is probably the one dress that I basically didn't make a single error. And guess why? Because I took the time to cut every notch and mark every notation from the pattern! Who would of thought those little marks weren't just suggestions? I'm seriously impatient when it comes to marking notches and usually will just guesstimate the placement. However, because it was vintage fabric and a somewhat complicate sleeve, I decided that going slowly would be in my best interest. I have to say it made all the difference in the world. By taking my time and having every notch line up, construction was a breeze. So, my lesson to all you impatient sewers like myself is FOLLOW THOSE MARKINGS. 

I don't think the photographs do justice to the main fabric print. While I love the fabric, I worry it gets too close to "hey look at the dress I made out of my feedsack." It's certainly not sophisticated, but it certainly is cute.



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Would love to see what the back of the shoulders looks like on this. BTW, I’m LOVING your journey and getting lots of inspiration for myself. Wish I could find such snazzy fabrics! California obviously has more interesting stuff than the Midwest. :)

  2. That’s why Craigslist is great for vintage sales. I would be surprised if you couldn’t find some good stuff by just checking out local estate and garage sales. And there’s always eBay and Etsy. I’ll try to get a photo of the back to show you.

  3. You look like you’re ready for a day at the ball park! very nice

  4. I love following your blog since I discovered it in January. The idea of your weekly dress project reminds me of Julie Powell’s Julia project (Julie & Julia)where she made a commitment to make every dish in Julia Child’s cookbook over a period of one year.

  5. This dress is so cute on you! Great job

  6. GREAT JOB!!!! I have been lurking your site for a few weeks now, and wanted to let you know how awesome I think your idea is. CONGRATS!!! I cant wait to see more!!!

  7. Eeek! This is so freakin’ cute! I just adore the red sleeves and belt!!!! Isn’t it amazing how smoothly a project goes when you mark all the little notches and dots? I admit, for YEARS I didn’t take the time to do that; it’s only been in the last two that I did, and not surprisingly sewing goes a bit smoother and is more enjoyable. haha!
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  8. Great job on the dress! I also have to agree with transferring *all* of the notches and markings from the tissue. Seems like such a bother when you are ready to get going (let’s sew, right now!), but it is worth it in the end. Who knew? ;)

  9. I love the dress! That red looks so good on you and I love that belt! It is so much easier in the end to mark all the notches. I hate having to relearn that lesson and I relearn it alot. Yes, I want to sew right now too. Great dress!

  10. I hear you on transferring notches! Meanwhile, I’ve only been to the Alameda market once in December (you should see the pink depression glass cake plate I snagged, beautiful!) and every time I see what you snagged there instead of me , I shudder with jealousy!

  11. My daughter got me tuned into your blog and I’ve checked in weekly since then to see what wonderful creation you have for the week! Your ambition inspires me. I have made clothes for lots of other people in the last few years, but few for myself. Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us!

  12. I’ve tossed around the idea of a ballgame inspired dress before. Yours is just scrumdiddlyumptious!

  13. Cute! Lovely fabrics. You snag the best finds.