Hot! The “Cherry Pie” dress

Anyone for pie?

Marian Martin 9149

Fabric: Cotton from stash (bought at Stone Mountain Daughter last year)
Pattern: Marian Martin 9149
Year: Late 40’s, early 50’s?
Notions: 3 buttons from stash, zipper
Time to complete: 3 hours + 2 hour trip to Stone Mountain for an extra half yard of fabric so 5 hours total!
First worn: January 2012
Wear again? Yes :)

Total Cost: ~$4.50

I’ve used this pattern countless times and have always loved the simple grace in the cut of this dress. It doesn’t take a ton of fabric, and the pattern isn’t printed, its one of the early “circle punched” ones which makes me think more late 40’s than 50’s.

At the end of last summer I was fabric shopping with a friend and found this fabulous cotton print. I don’t normally buy fabric (any more!) without a specific purpose in mind but this was so striking that I just *had* to get it. She even said to me “If you don’t get it then you’ll have the perfect occasion to wear something made out of this, come back to get it and kick yourself forever because it’ll be GONE.” How can you argue with logic like that? Clearly I couldn’t so I bought 3 yards, put it in my closet and promptly forgot about it.

When I saw the “opposite season to you” theme I knew I wanted a dress and as I opened up my sewing room closet this piece of fabric, literally unheard from and unseen for months, plopped on my head! I think there was a cat involved but it seemed like a message…and who am I to ignore such things? All I needed was the right pattern…

Can she make a cherry pie?

VOILA! Perfect fabric, favorite pattern and some red accessories. If only it ended there…

Because I bought the fabric with no pattern in mind I didn’t really have enough. Had I thought about it some (or even at all!) I *could* have shortened the skirt a few inches and managed to get the collar and cuffs out. As it was, I put my mind onto auto-pilot, a habit of old, and cut blithely. Ooops…only one side of the collar and no cuffs…I briefly considered asking my Mom to run into Berkeley for me since I can’t get there during the week but I knew if she couldn’t find the fabric in about 40 seconds she’d just say they were out. So I waited until the weekend and made the special trip in. Now to be fair, this is a fast and easy dress to put together. And Stone Mountain Daughter really is only 20 minutes door to door (as long as the tunnel is clear) and it really is a pretty nifty fabric store so what’s the problem? The problem is the hour later and extra $70 spent on goodies for many future projects : )

In the end I LOVE this dress! It’s soft, it’s fun and feminine but makes me feel more like the fancy farm girl I want to be. I live in a small farmhouse that was built in 1925 and this just makes me feel at home.

My red suede Mary Jane's

Every farm girl needs red shoes, right? You can also see the vintage-inspired fabric, right down to the cherries!

Red accessories!

I thought maybe wearing my cherry necklace two weeks in a row might be a little much so I settled for bakelite buttons and bracelets today! There is a cherry pie in that vintage tin – want to join me?



Loran is a Bay Area designer, stitcher and suburban farm girl. Having done theater for years she's finally taking on her most demanding client (herself!) and fashioning a wardrobe from her huge stock of vintage patterns and fabrics, all while writing her daily tablesetting blog. Let's see if she can keep up with both : )


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  1. Delightful fabric and the dress is so vintage and cute! I love your photos and your write-up on the whole process. I can relate to the “I just need one little thing and then coming away with more than you planned.” It’s still fun though.

    • Isn’t that the truth? I love going to good fabric stores but the whole restraint thing takes practice : ) The photos are the hardest part of this process for me but I’m getting there. Talk about feeling self-conscious…but so far its all fun and that’s all that matters.

  2. Barbara, I love everything about this office down to the suede red shoes. Girl I would love a pair of those, care to share who makes them? If you have a link great..

  3. I know why you grabbed that material – seriously cute. I like the squared-off v-shaped neckline of this dress and the good big pockets. And the Shoes!!! gorgeous!

    • Jen – You hit it on the head! SERIOUSLY cute fabric and a really good cotton. I can’t wait until we get warmer weather so I can wear this to work. Thanks for noticing : )

  4. Cute fabric and I love the logic behind it’s purchase! It’s well-suited to you and the dress.

  5. I love it too – everything about it – pattern and fabric and especially the shoes. Fabulous! Just how I imagine myself being!

  6. This is super cute!!!

  7. So cheery! Great job :D

  8. Hey, I have that fabric too! I also have that pattern- I feel like we are sewing twins :) The dress turned out great, thanks for sharing.

  9. I’ll be right over! Cherry pie is my mostest favouritest in the whole wide world. When the Perkins by our place stopped carrying it, I was ver, very sad. A few years later they got it back and I was convinced it was just because they knew how very, very sad I was about it. Love the dress and your styling!

  10. You look as pretty as a picture! I’ve done that fabric cutting mistake before too, but with vintage fabric; luckily I just had to use contrasting fabric for facings, pockets, etc.

    I’m a bit distracted by the palm trees in the background; I can’t imagine having green palm trees in my neighbourhood, especially in the winter!

  11. Super cute, I’m glad they still had the material!

  12. Fantastic material, and I love this style of dress! Super flattering, and those red accessories are positively divine :)

  13. Stone Mountain gets me every time with all the extra purchases! Lovely dress.

    • Don’t you just LOVE that place? I only “allow” myself a visit every month or so but I may have to go again to get the right interfacing for my Oscar-inspired project. That place is decidedly deadly : )