Black and White Wiggle Dress

by empireroom

in Vintage Sewing

Out on the Town

Inspiration

Inspired by a wiggle dress i saw online for $150, I decided to make one.

It cost me $33.64 for fabric & everything else was in the stash.
I trawled through my patterns to find one that wouldn’t require too many changes.

I turned up this great Simplicity 3397 in a size 14.
I knew there would have to be some tweaking for my petite stature, but I decided to wing it once I had measured all the pieces. I hate making toiles unless absolutely necessary.

 

Pattern & fabric

I raced into Spotlight and found some lovely black & white sateen with a little stretch and set about cutting.
It was probably a 3 day dress all up.
I had to shorten the bodice and skirt, take an inch out under the arm from the side seam, a couple in the raglan and then I reshaped the sleeve to a more flattering cap.
I’ve been working on a lot of Alex Perry dresses recently & have noticed all his skirts have fusible interfacing, so they maintain a great shape, so i decided to try it out with some great stretch fusible samples I got in a big stash purchaseĀ a few months back.

I really went all out in finishing this outfit, which I tend to neglect, so the bodice and sleeves were also interfaced & lined in light cotton and I bound the waist seam & hem with bias tape. The belt is a crepe one I already had, but I plan to make a red one as an alternate.

Going against the retro tradition, I added an exposed metal open ended zip. They were featured in almost every race wear outfit I altered this season, so I gave it a go & didn’t mind the result.

Very un-retro exposed zip

All up I’m pretty pleased and wore it to Sydney Dance Company performance tonight.
That’s me in the Arts Centre Foyer.

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I am a costume designer & mobile seamstress. For as long as I can remember I have loved everything do do with sewing & creating. I would spend hours sitting at the end of my Mama's bed sifting through the fabric trunk & sorting the button tin. I made my first dress at 5 for my Barbie, & my first me size seersucker skirt with the sewing machine at 7. I have a ridiculous number of patterns & reference books, far too much fabric, wool & haby, & an alarming number of sewing machines.

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Yaz November 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

That’s beautiful! The retro look is really modernised by the exposed zipper.

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Marie November 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

Wow, this is really gorgeous!!!

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made with hugs and kisses November 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I like your version way more than the original! perfect pattern and fabric choice – GORGEOUS! xxx

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EmSewCrazy November 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Um, LOVE IT!! I have to agree I like your version better than the original! What a perfect blend of modern and vintage!
PS. Glad I’m not the only one who measures then wings it! :D

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Jeanne November 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Fab! I like the exposed zip too.

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Tanya Hughes November 30, 2012 at 10:12 am

Love it!

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