Monday, November 19, 2012

back at it...

Such a long time since my last post. It is time for an update. So I am making 50s dresses for myself, daughter and mom in law. MIL is visiting for Thanksgiving and for hubbie's retirement. I sadly missed the 18th cent. picnic with my super cool group of DFW costumers between the holiday, the kitchen renovation, and the price of gas I just had to pass on this one. I will be shooting for the event in January a Titanic artifact exhibit. Until then, I just have to make my own costuming opportunity. We are going out to luch at a 50s diner just for the fun of it. Without futher is the daughter's dress.
We are using some of the new reprint retro patterns from Butterick. I thought this pattern worked up well and with the exception of the odd instructions for the neck detail I had no problems with it. Daughter's dress is in a cotton print. The bodice section is lined in cotton muslin and the skirt is lined in taffeta. The hem is a narrow handrolled hem and the dress closes on the side with a zipper and a hook and eye.
To get the fit closer to the close ease of the 50s (thank you Lauren for the great class at Costumers Lost 2012!) I decided to make the dress up one size smaller than called for on the pattern. This took out the large amount of modern ease and I did not need to make any other changes. The fit turned out just right.
Charming little bow detail
invisible zipper in the side seam, I am going to hand stitch the zipper at the hip a bit to fix the slight pulling, for my first zipper in easily a decade, not too bad!
We added a loose taffeta skirt lining for added swish. It also acts as a slip, something every 50s girl would have owned and sadly we modern girls often don't.
close up of my hand sewing, a hand rolled hem. This worked well with this skirt which is practically a circle. A wide hem on a skirt like this one would be difficult without a pucker or pleat somewhere.
And there you have it. The dress took about two afternoons to sew, I liked the pattern and did not run into any major hiccups. One down and two to go! Next up the Butterick 5813 in a brown mico-dot cotton print.

1 comment:

  1. Ohmygosh!! I LOVE this dress! And it looks so sweet on Daughter!! Well, she is so lovely anyway that this just adds to her loveliness! The dress is fabulous my dear!!!


Template designed by Rainy Day