The Woodward Dream Cruise Dress

This cruise has nothing to do with water. It’s 16 miles of Woodward Avenue, one million people and over 40 thousand vehicles. The cruising is done in cars at the 20th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise

pink car dc

This unique celebration was the first exposure to American culture for our newly arrived International students, most coming to Detroit to study transportation design at the college where I work as an Academic Adviser.  We had a group of 20 MFA and BFA students from Korea, China, India, Germany and Australia  – who had no idea what they were in for.

Of course I had to honor the event with a dress, Vogue’s vintage reissue of 8789, from 1957, view A.

vogue 8789

I tried to locate a border print, but didn’t find anything inspiring. After coming across a blue and white seersucker with pink  embroidered cherries, I used pink petersham ribbon to make my own border print.


I happened to find a belt kit at Textile Fabrics while visiting my son in Nashville months ago and this was the perfect time to try it out.


Making the belt was much easier than I expected. The belt backing is a firm plastic, which concerned me for topstitching, but it was a breeze, with no skipped stitches.  It came with silver eyelets, but I used the white which came with the pliers I bought years ago.

The buckle uses a double sided adhesive sheet to adhere the fabric to the buckle. It went on smoothly, with the back popping right on. I want to track down more of these kits, if anyone has a source.


I lined the entire dress with white cotton, which gave the bodice some body and should help eliminate too much stretching from the bias cut. To give the skirt some 1957 fullness, I added gathered tulle to the skirt lining, with a little pink surprise.


It was a fun day at the cruise

isso dream cruise

The hat is a purchase and is made from a UVA protective fabric and matched the ribbon perfectly, pure luck.

random people at dream cruisemascot at dream cruise

My boss kept taking my picture with random people on the street, the young couple was as sweet as can be.

chevy dc

Love the aqua interior.

crop of dream cruise

So many fabulous cars

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50 years of Mustangs.

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Back to the Future.

ornge car dc

Hopefully our students will start the year with lots of inspiration and don’t think all Americans are crazy.


4 thoughts on “The Woodward Dream Cruise Dress

  1. What a lovely dress for the occasion. I goes particularly well with the aqua car I think :). I have never made a belt, but your make is a complete success. Congratulations! As to sources for the kit, I’m sorry but I can’t help.

  2. That dress is just beautiful!!! Well done on the ribbon! It is brilliantly stitched on! You are sooooo talented! I have just found a source here in the UK who actually makes belts for you if you send the fabric and are reasonably priced. I didn’t even know you could get kits! I will keep a look out!

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