Simplicity 3662: Early 1960’s Navy Lace Cocktail Party Dress

Simplicity 3662

Early 1960’s (Mad Men style!!!)

Navy Lace Cocktail party dress with flared skirt and lovely shaped
neckline.

About this pattern –

Do you see on the pattern art where the lovely lady in the lace dress
clearly has a strapless under bodice? Well pieces for this under bodice do not
exist and they never did. So to make my dress match the lovely cover I had to
draft the under bodice. No big deal, one issue down.

 

Next, how in the world would one go about sewing the lace side seams as
well as the shoulder to wrist seams, making them not overly visible or unfinished
or just gross? Also how will I maintain structure in the bodice coupled with
the under bodice while working with flimsy lace and also am I planning for the
back zip or another method of closure? These issues are bigger. I went back and
forth prior to cutting in my plans. I wanted to take the time and match my lace
along the seam lines but why? In this case I was not using fabrics of any value
(cheap Joann sale purchase bought to experiment w/lace techniques) and also how
do you match lace along a kimono underarm? Plus there are elbow darts. What do
you do with those in lace?!?!?!!   So I
came to the conclusion that I would cut additional bias strips for the inside
bodice seam binding. I was already cutting bias strips for the neckline as well
as the cuffs and in the end I also added the bias strips to the waistline as
well.

Seam techniques used in the bodice –

Shoulder seams have bias added flat fell seams

Under arm/bodice side seams have bias bound seams

• Meet the Author • Sew Melodic


I love to sew...anything, but I really love a dress with amazing construction. I have been sewing since I was a child. In high school I stumbled upon vintage frocks and a love of polka dots and peplums. Did I mention that I adore vintage sewing patterns and have a habit of hoarding them?


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5 comments… add one

  • The bias seams turned out nicely! They were a good choice. I personally would’ve probably gone straight to French seams without much deliberation.

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  • Very clever with the bias seams. The dress looks lovely.

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  • This turned out lovely! I would have done as Elisha said and done French seams without thinking about it, but your way looks great! Love it!

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  • Love it. Beautiful!

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  • Very nice dress!

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