a flounce dress

by Lauriana

in 1950s,Dresses,Pattern Drafting

Earlier this month, I got pretty intrigued by a particular kind of early 1950′s dress design. The dress-with-flounce (click on the picture to go to my blog post about those).

vintage inspiration

It made me decide to try and draft a dress like this.

Pretty soon, I realized that this inspiration dress had to have a double front skirt with the bottom one being plain and straight. I wanted my skirt to be one piece so the flounce would provide walking ease. And more room for movement if possible.

And then, my first design turned out to be too large for my chosen fabric (a cotton flannel with a small white-on-black check). So, I went back to the drawing board and designed a less fabric consuming bodice.

This is the final result. I’m really happy with the dress although I think I’ll need to make a half slip for it (the skirt sticks to my stockings, just a bit but just enough to be annoying).

For these pictures, I quite enjoyed playing dress-up and finishing off the look with heels, seamed stockings and vintage gloves, handbag and hat.

For even more pictures and story, go to my blog (by clicking the picture above)

P.S. From this dress and my introduction, you may get the impression that I always make things by copying a particular vintage picture. In fact, these are the only two cases of that to date. Usually, my inspiration is more all-over-the-place.

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Seamstress, pattern maker and vintage fashion enthusiast from the Netherlands.

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Blythe_dollusa@yahoo.com October 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Classy and elegant

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highheelhippie October 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Very nicely done. I love the styling as well.

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foamofdays October 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Gorgeous! Love the dress andhow you complemented it with accessories. You look so elegant and chic!

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Deb October 20, 2013 at 1:19 am

Agree with others- very elegant! It turned out beautifully!

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Lazy Seamstress October 20, 2013 at 10:37 am

Gorgeous dress, I love that draping, it really is very lovely.

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Nora October 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm

My goodness, that dress is perfection. I can only dream about making such a thing! Sigh! That draping makes my heart goes pitter-patter!

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Jordan October 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm

How beautiful! Nice choice of fabric, totally appropriate.

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