I’m wearing a curtain again! Lol! 😀 This time it’s my grandma’s bathroom curtain! Doesn’t the curtain look pretty?
I found two pieces of this blue and white check cotton curtain in grandma’s stash and thought the fabric would be perfect for a 1950s summer dress. The blue check looks so summery like a picnic blanket!
The two pieces that were leftover from grandma’s old bathroom curtain were just enough for a dress! Yay! I used the smaller piece of fabric for the bodice. After cutting out the bodice I sewed the leftover fabric to the larger piece of fabric for the skirt. So there are five seams in the skirt – my grandma already had pieced together the curtain out of neccessity – but one can’t see the seams because of the check pattern.
Original 1950s dresses were my inspiration for this 1950s curtain dress. If you follow me on instagram, you’ve seen me making the 1950s bodice pattern. I also used 1950s dressmaking techniques for the dress – like attaching the facing by hand (more pictures on my instagram account). My grandma was a dressmaker and I used one of her original 1950s dresses as model for my 1950s curtain dress.
The dress is closed with snaps and hooks & bars at the left side. I followed this tutorial for the snap button closure but I added a hook and bar at the top. It’s my second dress with a vintage snap closure and I really like this closure: it’s easy to sew and looks nice. And with the hook and bar the snaps never come undone.