1950s | Vintage Sewing

Sundress in the Rain

May 8, 2012

Vogue 1043 made in 100% cotton from Ikea but it was such a colourful and happy pattern that I thought it would look great as a summer dress. The pattern has a pleated mock wrap, fitted bodice paired with a half-circle skirt. During construction I lengthened the sleeves to elbow length instead of the tiny cap sleeves in the pattern. This meant cutting and fitting longer underarm gussets too – definitely the hardest thing in making this dress.the pattern of the fabric is large and directional so I had to treat it as if it had a nap and there was no way I was even going to try to match up the pattern, so I have a slightly uneven colour dispersion. By sheer happenstance all the colours are at the front of the dress – the back is positively plain by comparison. But there there exists a certain symmetry on each side: the flower at left shoulder is the same at the left hemline.The bodiceis surprisingly secure and comfortable with no gapping at all. The pattern called for a grosgrain waist stay inside the dress (that’s the vintage touch) but my middle aged tummy likes comfort so I opted for elastic and it works just as well.

There’s a lapped side zip and matching pull through belt and I don’t think it needs a flouncy petticoat, my hips do the job very well instead. More pics and details at http://sewruth.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/ikea-in-rain.html.

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