Apples in Winter Dress…

by Jennifer Lauren

in 1960s,Dresses

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This early 60′s pattern from Advance was a dream to sew up. I really really enjoyed making this dress. It was easy, quick and it has no darts. Let me repeat: No Darts! All of the shaping comes from the gathers at the neckline on both the front and back and the bias cut across the bodice.

I made the dress with a printed cotton seersucker and really like the way the stripes in the fabric lend a subtle chevron detail up the middle of the bodice. I think this would look great in a more striking stripey or plaid fabric.

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And look at them there set in sleeves!

I generally try to avoid set in sleeves because I seem to believe that they are harder than they actually are. Using my new dress form, I managed to get the sleeve sitting perfectly at the edge of my shoulder and my tailors ham also came in mighty handy for shaping and ironing those little beauties into place once sewn on. Much better than a rolled up tea towel. So if you don’t have one, I suggest you make one toot sweet!

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More pictures and details on my blog here.

xx

Jen

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ErikaMadeIt June 10, 2013 at 8:26 am

Love the fabric, very cute!

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sati5000 June 10, 2013 at 9:19 am

I LOVE the gathers at the neck! The whole dress looks great on you!

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Stephanie June 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Beautiful dress!

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Sewingthe60s June 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Gorgeous! The pattern sounds so lovely especially with the fluid shaping. Very nice

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Anonymous June 10, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Love this, what an interesting pattern! Looks gorgeous on you!

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mariebayarea June 11, 2013 at 12:01 am

That’s a very cool print. Seersucker is the one of my favorite summer fabrics. You look wonderful in this pretty frock.

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Teresa hardy June 11, 2013 at 12:38 am

That is a perfect dress. Love everything about it, the cut, the fit, the fabric, the length. Nice work.

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Joanna June 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I’ll have to keep my eye open for this pattern. Just lovely!

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BobbinBombshell June 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Great dress! Love the fabric.

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