Hello, all, this is my first posting on We Sew Retro. I follow the Cennetta, at http://themahoganystylist.blogspot.com/, and she led me here.
The pattern’s awesome neckline first caught my eye. And it has POCKETS. That would’ve been enough, but I spotted the notch in the kimono sleeve, and I was sold.
The dress is described on the pattern envelop as: “Simple to Make” dress has short kimono sleeves and bodice underarm section for freedom of action. Concealed pockets in flared skirt are optional.” Pockets optional? Not in my world.
I wanted to make a 1950’s style dress for this year’s Sausage Fest at Anaheim Brewery . It’s a local event with a Rockabilly band, and lots of 1950s style on the guests. Big, gathered skirts aren’t a great look on me, so I like that the pattern’s flat at the skirt’s waist like this one.
I’m crazy about this neckline. Is it a W? An M?
I got my fabric at Fabric Depot in Portland. I love green, it makes my hazel eyes stand out. The fabric is 100% cotton, green lattice with small black leafy fronds. It wasn’t till I was laying out the pattern that I read the selvedge and learned that it was a Mary Engelbreit.
This was my first time sewing a truly vintage pattern, and it was a pleasure. The instructions were clear, and the line drawings accurate.
I make a 3/8″ high back adjustment, 1/2 ” swayback, and took off 1 1/2 inches off the hem. There’s no darts, just a large pleat at each front shoulder, and four smaller pleats on the front and back bodice. No FBA? Why, yes, this is Simple to Make.
Freedom of action – bias sections under the arm.
It doesn’t call for interfacing, but I added it to the bodice facing. Then, when it was time to sew the buttons and button holes, I went, huh. Should’ve interfaced down the front of the skirt, too. So I cut some strips and steamed them in place. I skipped most of the topstitching, since this pattern has plenty going on.
It wasn’t till I wore it that I realized how effective the bias sections under the arms are. Just a little give when you reach for something. Freedom of action, baby, yeah!
My dress and I had a blast at Sausage Fest. Here’s me photo-bombing the lead singer, Amber Foxx.
Thanks for reading.