To get a taste of my sewing prowess (limited as it is...) I'm sharing two sundresses that I made from vintage patterns.
The first is a sundress from a 1940's pattern (Simplicity 1578, Size 36.)
These days, I fluctuate somewhere between 36 and 38 (you measure dress size from the bust size.) I was able to sew this pattern without any alterations. I did not make the little jacket and I omitted the pockets and the ties on the shoulders. I used Hopscotch for Chloe's Closet for Moda Fabrics, a recreation of a 1930's fabric pattern.
Here's the result:
I made a simple belt with leftover fabric and cinched it with a vintage, bakelite belt buckle.
For the second sundress, I turned the clock back a decade earlier and used a pattern from the 1930's, Butterick 6932, 38 bust.
Styles from the 30's tend to have a thinner silhouette, so a 38 bust gave me the ease that I needed. I significantly shortened the length of the skirt. Flared, gored skirts are usually shortened from the middle, not the bottom, in order to retain their shape.
For this dress, I used a red, blue, olive and cream seersucker fabric. The beauty of this fabric is that it the same on both sides, so it didn't matter which way I cut the pattern pieces! Here's the result:
Front view with same fabric belt, tied off with a red, bakelite buckle. The red bakelite buttons at the straps are decorative.
Close up of the button detail.
Close up of the bakelite buckle.