Hot! The “Ahoy Matey!” Dress

• The Facts

Ever since Mena posted “Make This Look:  Vintage Georgia Kay” I have wanted my own striped frock.  Yes, stripes are a bear to work with/match, but I am consistently drawn to stripes and plaids – they are just so interesting to look at!

And guess what – I already had the suggested pattern in my stash!  Big surprise, right!  After all, it is a Vintage Vogue.  As soon as I brought it home, I forgot about it.  I decided that I had other, more interesting, patterns to tackle.

Turns out, the skirt uses four godets to create fullness.  The original vintage inspiration is clearly a dirndl skirt cut on the straight of grain.  So I had to decided if I wanted my cutting layout to be a real nightmare, or go the simple route and copy the original idea.

Well, as you can see, I resolved to go ahead and use the pattern pieces that I had.  I sketched a few different stripe options before cutting into my fabric.  It turns out, I liked the look of horizontal stripes on the skirt better than a vertical look.  Horizontal stripes across my hips would normally be a real no-no, but I love that it makes the skirt look incredibly full.  Oh, who am I kidding, I barely fit through a standard-sized door wearing this dress with two crinolines beneath.  The skirt is massive, and so much fun to wear!

To complete the look, I made a self-fabric brooch and added a cute button I found that matched my fabric perfectly.  Because a sleeveless cotton dress needs a cover-up at this time of year, I pulled out my Cabled Cardi.

And now, seeing as it is 1957, I am now ready to board the SS Constitution.  Mr. Grant is waiting . . .

⁃ Fabric:  Quilting cotton from JoAnn Fabrics

⁃ Pattern:  Vogue 1172

⁃ Year:  1957

⁃ Notions:  Zipper; Button for Brooch, Buckle from Stash

⁃ Time to complete:  I never know how to answer this one – but I will say that it took an entire afternoon to cut this one out.  And each cut was scary, not knowing exactly how the stripes were going to end up.  But the end result was worth it!

⁃ First worn:  January 23, 2012

⁃ Wear again?  Yes, sir!

⁃ Total price:   $32.66


Laura Mae

Laura Mae adores sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns. She hopes to inspire others to create lovely and lasting garments that speak of a past era and yet remain timeless and elegant.


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  1. Great work. I’m glad you were brave with the stripes.

  2. Amazing, this looks great on you. Wonderful execution on the stripes.

  3. This is BEAUTIFUL! That MTL is one I totally covet but lack the fortitude to tackle. I really like your version!

    • Tina – you really should try it! I will admit that cutting and matching stripes is a real bother, but the finished product is worth all of the extra trouble (at least, that is what I tell myself!). And as long as the fabric is not super drapey, matching seams is completely do-able.

  4. This is fantastic! It is so huge! I really like the striped fabric you used too.

  5. It’s soo pretty! Props to you for having the courage to do all of that stripe-matching.

  6. Haha very fun dress! I love how you did the stripes in the skirt! It does look very full (though the two crinolines probably help)

  7. Wow! Now that’s a very full skirt! I’d be twirling in it all day. I really like what you did with the stripes on the bodice!

    • I blame Mena! I would NEVER have thought to cut the bodice on the bias on my own. And I do believe I will never look at another bodice the same again – there are just so many possibilities when you start messing with grainlines!

  8. This dress looks sensational on you – I love it!

  9. I love it so much! Where did you get the crinoline skirts to go beneath it?

  10. Va va voooooooom, now that’s a skirt! Well done!

  11. What a cool dress- And a HUGE skirt. Well done.

  12. The dress looks incredible! Love it! The horizontal stripes on the skirt is awesome and I love the fabric you have chosen more than the original.

  13. Woo-hoo! What an accomplishment! You dress and photo styling are very appealing. So where do you get those crinolines? (or did you make them?)

    • Barbara: I made one of the crinolines, and purchased the other one last year for my Emerald Green Gown (I was running out of time to complete the project, and I knew that I wanted the skirt to be very “New Look” so I cheated and took the easy way out!).

  14. I am so SO glad that you decided to cut it with the godets because this is amazing! It looks so amazing and must be tons of fun to wear!

  15. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I love it, Laura Mae! You did such a fabulous job patterning the stripes. Bravo!

  16. You look brilliant, this fabric is such a fun for this pattern and your stripes look so well matched too!

  17. It’s massive, but you look so petite in it. Those crinolines really do their job properly. Simply stunning.

  18. I have this pattern and you have made me want to sew it… like now! :)

  19. Wow. There are no words for this kind of fabulous. I love what you’ve done with the bodice stripes, and goodness gracious, those crinolines!

  20. FABULOUS dress! Love how you plaid with the stripes on the princess seams!

  21. Fabulous dress Laura and well done on matching those stripes. This look is so flattering on you.

  22. Wow, you did awesome on this challenge. I read your blog all the time and love your passion for vintage.

  23. I’m blown away by the everything in this garment! It’s gorgeous.

  24. the stripe layout is perfection, bringing loads of visual interest to an already stunning garment. fabulous.

  25. Brilliant execution! You’ve made the era come to life.

  26. I just died from this perfection! Great job.

  27. Dear God Laura Mae you simply must stop making gowns that make me gasp, because people are going to think I have some kind of condition. This is, in a word, fabulous. FABULOUS. You look positively edible, like a confection, I love the stripes, I love the layout, I love what you’ve done with this, and I love the damn cardigan too. How did you make a petticoat? I’ve been debating making versus buying for a while now.

    • Thank you Leah!

      For the petticoat, I used the skirt pieces from Butterick 4792. The gathers of the full skirt are limited to the side, leaving the front and back flat which is a much more flattering look! The netting is sewn to an underskirt at the hip level which is then covered with another skirt. Because the netting is sandwiched between two skirts of cotton it is super comfortable – no itchy synthetics next to the skin!

  28. It is the most fabulous dress in the history of dresses with crinolines. I am in complete and total awe of this wondrous creation!

  29. Wow! Love those bodice chevrons. Excellent job, and what a great dress to show what can be done with quilting cottons…

  30. This is completely magnificent – perfect job on the stripes and the bodice cut on the bias with those stripes is inspirational! I am super impressed! I find my job at a large Seattle law firm gets in my way of sewing and thrift shopping, too!